Thursday 11 October was a landmark day for Best Bar None Norwich in that the first two scheme accreditations were presented, to OPEN on Bank Plain and the Brickmakers Arms on Sprowston Road. Shortly afterwards scheme managers Steph Butcher and Glenn Hoy were off to London to attend a Best Bar None National presentation at the House of Lords.

The first award was given to Sarah Minty, the Principal of the OPEN Youth Trust by local MP Chloe Smith.  Sarah told us, “The OPEN venue is delighted to have been awarded Best Bar None Norwich Accredited Venue status because it recognizes our commitment to promotion a safe and entertain night out in Norwich.

Pictured (left to right) Steph Butcher (BBNN scheme manager) – Thomasin Keeble (NHS and BBNN sponsor) – Sarah Minty (OPEN) – Ed Brown (Nightsafe and BBNN scheme sponsor), Chloe Smith (MP), Scot Aldridge (MBS Awards and Promotional Gifts, BBNN awards sponsor) – Kate Roma, Future and BBNN scheme sponsor) – Murray Thexton (Inn Training, BBNN training consultant)


The group then moved on to The Brickmakers to present Pam and Charley South and Emma Teasdale with their well-earned award.

Pictured (left to right) – Chloe Smith, Pam South, Emma Teasdale and Charley South.  The Brickmakers team were very happy to receive their award from MP Chloe Smith with Pam commenting, “We feel very proud to have achieved the standards required to achieve the Best Bar None Norwich accreditation and feel it can only benefit the businesses and customers in Norwich to know of the high standards our pubs, clubs, bars and venues aim for helping to keep the Norwich night-time economy safe and thriving.”

There are already another twenty Licensed Hospitality trade outlets going through the application and assessment process with more joining almost every day. Scheme manager Glenn Hoy told us, “This is a breakthrough day for us and now the Accreditation Plaques are going up we can inform people going out in Norwich of the ever-growing numbers of outlets who are demonstrating through membership to our scheme that they pride themselves on running a professional business. We are also aware being an Accredited Venue will give them a competitive edge and people going out in Norwich can now make a considered choice as to where they go.”

If you are running a pub, club, bar or venue in Norwich and want to find out more about how to join Best Bar None Norwich or need help with your application from call Glenn on 01603 224 880 or email him at:

N.B Photograph of full group (outside The Brickmakers) taken by Archant photographer

Best Bar None Norwich recognizes high-level practices in licensed premises, by way of venues achieving accreditation in key business criteria such as: security, drinks & drunkenness, drugs, public safety, first aid and fire and building safety.

The outcome is that Best Bar None Norwich accredited venues will help make Norwich a safer and more enjoyable place in which to enjoy a night out.

For more information:

Contact: Glenn Hoy

Tel: 01603 224 880