Man on the Moon is Best Bar None

By on 11/09/2009 in News

A community pub from Kings Norton has been judged Birmingham's best licensed establishment, in the city council's annual Best Bar None programme.

A celebration at the ICC last night, to mark the climax of the 2009 event, heard that the Man on the Moon had won both the suburban pub category, and the overall award.

The Redditch Road pub, which prides itself on being part of the local community, is – like the 2008 winner, the Old Contemptibles -  part of the Mitchells & Butlers empire.

Other category winners were: Scruffy Murphy's (independent venue); Dragon Inn (city centre pub); Revolution (city centre bar); Novotel (hotel bar); AIR (nightclub) and Joe's Bar (suburban bar).

Jacqui Kennedy, the council's director of regulatory services, said: “Each shortlisted venue was visited to assess its merits, before the winners were selected for meeting a wide range of factors, including the quality of their food and drink, service levels, staff training, security and ambience.

“The judges had no idea which establishment they were selecting, as all the information from the assessments was presented to them without identifying the particular venue.” 

More than 1,200 public votes were also cast online for the Birmingham Choice category, won by the Broad Street Walkabout, with the Loft Lounge as runner-up.

Ms Kennedy was delighted at the success of the event, the decision of Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands to become Best Bar None's sponsor for a second successive year, and the quality of the entries.

“When we launched the scheme in 2008, we were determined to make it a showcase for the best which Birmingham can offer, to both its residents and visitors to the city, but didn't know how it would be received by the licensed trade, as there is a lot of work involved,” she admitted.

“The first year went very well though, and when we heard that club-owners and bar managers had been visiting the winning establishments to learn from their success, we realised we were on to a winner.

“We hope Best Bar None will now become a fixture on Birmingham's pubs and clubs scene for years to come, helping us, the police, and everyone who cares about the city to drive standards even higher.”


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