Linlithgow bars are the best bar none

Representatives from the Burgh Halls accepting the gold award for the second year in a row from the Best Bar None awards ceremony earlier this month
Representatives from the Burgh Halls accepting the gold award for the second year in a row from the Best Bar None awards ceremony earlier this month

Linlithgow’s licensed premises came out on top again at the Best Bar None awards with two receiving a gold award.

Burgh Halls, which hosted the event on Tuesday, December 2, received a gold award for the second year in a row.

Lesley Brown from the establishment said: “It was fantastic. A year of hard work and teamwork really paid off.”

Not only did the Burgh Halls win a top award, they were given special recognition for their work with the Licensing Board and were also nominated to represent West Lothian in the Nationals in the Specialist Entertainment Venue category.

Lesley said: “By March we will find out if we have been successful.”

Best Bar None is an awards scheme that promotes responsibly managed licensed premises in Scotland.

The aim is to create a safer and more welcoming city and town environment.

Establishments apply at the start of the year and, at the end, an external assessor comes in and rates the bar.

The premises are graded on the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and promotion of public health.

Also grabbing a gold award was the Linlithgow Bowling Club, for the sixth year in a row.

The Four Marys and the Old Post Office were also successful in obtaining silver.

Best Bar None has been operating in West Lothian since 2008.

In 2014, some 20 licensed premises applied to be a part of the scheme and all 20 of them received an award.