Success for Best Bar None Scotland’s West Lothian Scheme

By April 11, 2018

Thirteen venues in West Lothian are celebrating having been accredited status as Best Bar None Scotland venues. Five venues were accredited with GOLD, six with SILVER, and two with BRONZE, proof of the commitment to a safe and welcoming day and night life environment in West Lothian.

The awards ceremony for 2017 took place on Tuesday 10th April 2018 at the West Lothian Civic Centre in Livingston.

Three venues, Black Bull Inn in Mid Calder, Linlithgow Burgh Halls in Linlithgow and the Vu/Waterlily in Bathgate were accredited GOLD for the second year running, while The Four Marys and Star and Garter Hotel in Linlithgow were accredited GOLD for the first time. The Four Marys was accredited silver at last year’s award, while this was the first year for the Star and Garter Hotel to join the BBN Scotland scheme.

The Best Bar None scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, Heineken, Tennents and Edrington-Beam Suntory UK and Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard is an integral part of the Safer Communities Initiatives across Scotland.

Accreditation to the scheme shows the venue and its staff have met a level of standard that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere and exceeds the venue’s responsibilities to the licensing objectives.

To be accredited BRONZE by Best Bar None the venue must have achieved all “Essential” criteria in the Best Bar None scheme. SILVER means that the venue has achieved “Essential” plus “Desirable” criteria. GOLD means that the venue has achieved both Essential and Desirable skills and is working towards bonus criteria which demonstrates the venue’s innovation in their management practices.

Arlene Campbell, National Best Bar None Scotland Lead said:

“Best Bar None has become recognised for venues delivering high standards in the licensed trade focusing on social responsibility and duty of care in support of the licensing objectives.

“The venues voluntarily participate and I’d like to commend all thirteen of the West Lothian venues for their commitment to the scheme and it is great to see Best Bar None continuing its support of the local community and day and night time economy.”

Police Scotland’s Local Area Commander for West Lothian, Chief Inspector Liz Macleod said:

“I am delighted with the interest that has been shown by West Lothian venues again this year and the success of Best Bar None, which is a great opportunity for premises and partner agencies in the area to work together in order to maintain safe and welcoming licensed venues. The process is very straightforward and Police Scotland and Council licensing staff are available to assist participants at all stages.

“We at Police Scotland support schemes like BBN Scotland that seek to promote a safe day and night life environment and I would encourage all licensed premises in West Lothian to find out about the scheme. It is our ambition to ensure that the day and night time economy of the area is enhanced and supported by BBN by ensuring venues provide, and customers receive, the very best quality experience”.


Here is a list of the Best Bar None accredited venues in West Lothian:

Accredited Best Bar None venues in West Lothian 2017 Awards


Black Bull Inn, Mid Calder Gold
Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Linlithgow Gold
The Four Marys, Linlithgow Gold
The Vu/Waterlily, Bathgate Gold
Star and Garter Hotel, Linlithgow Gold
The Corrie Bar, Armadale Silver
Armadale Bowling Club, Armadale Silver
Bathgate Golf Club, Bathgate Silver
Railway Inn, West Calder Silver
The Cross Tavern, Whitburn Silver
Seafield Arms Hotel, Seafield Silver
Livingston Inn, Livingston Bronze
St Anthony’s Social Club, Armadale Bronze