LOCAL pubs swept the board at this year’s Best Bar None Awards at a ceremony in Carnoustie on Thursday.
The awards recognise establishments that strive for high standards in alcohol awareness and premises in Carnoustie and Arbroath were the big winners.
The winner of the overall award went to the Aboukir restaurant and bar in Carnoustie, which received a specially designed bespoke award.
They also scooped the prize for best bar, while Coast nightclub in Arbroath was named best nightclub and the 19th Hole in Carnoustie best pub.
In a series of other categories, the listeners of Wave 102 voted for their favourite bar, with DeVitos nightclub, Arbroath winning the overall vote.
The Craw’s Nest in Carnoustie was recognised for its community engagement while the Westport Bar, Arbroath was named best newcomer.
And for a third year running Forbes of Kingennie received an award in the disability awareness and accessibility category.
Robert Peat, chair of the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, and Eileen McArthur, of the Focus on Alcohol Angus, presented the awards and thanked sponsors Diageo, Thorntons Solicitors, Astute and Wave 102.
Mr Peat said: “I am very pleased to welcome representatives here from our licensed businesses throughout Angus, and I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to achieve the high standards required for these awards.
“Initiatives such as the Angus Designated Drivers scheme and the alcohol awareness week campaign are all very important in encouraging the safe and sensible consumption of alcohol.
“The support of managers and staff in our bars and restaurants is crucial in promoting these messages.”
Chief Superintendent Kevin Lynch of Tayside Police, who is chairman of the Focus on Alcohol Angus board also praised those who had received awards.
He added: “I too congratulate all the participants and winners in providing a reassurance to the local community that they are committed to operating their respective premises responsibly and to a high standard.
“I am particularly encouraged by the participation of premises in Carnoustie which feature prominently in this year’s list of winners, and for the Westport Bar, Arbroath, which has only been operating for just over a year and which clearly impressed the mystery shopping judges.”