THE Advertiser is once again lending its backing to a scheme to reward Croydon's best pubs.
The nationally-recognised Best Bar None accreditation scheme, which promotes and rewards the responsible management of licensed premises, is back for its 12th year in the borough.
The scheme aims to cut alcohol-related crime and disorder by encouraging strong standards of management and good operational procedures.
Pubs and nightclubs are invited to apply for Best Bar None accreditation, after which their premises are subjected to a detailed inspection by Croydon Council's licensing team to check they are trading legally.
The scheme also ensures key procedures and practices are in place to support employees and customers.
This year, with the support of the Advertiser, members of the public are being invited to have their say by casting a vote in each of four People's Choice awards.
The aim of these categories is to identify the best pubs and late-night venues in the borough which bring their customers the best value for money.
The four categories are:
Best Bar Staff in Croydon
Best Customer Experience (including overall level/standards of service)
Best Family-Friendly Venue
Best Food in Croydon
Voting is open until Sunday, November 16, and venues are only eligible to win one award.
The Best Bar None scheme is sponsored by the Croydon Business Crime Reduction Partnership (CBCP) and Diageo, with support from Croydon Council and the Metropolitan Police.
CBCP chairman Nick Baker said: "These awards are a great incentive and Croydon's reputation can only be enhanced by local premises reaching and maintaining a standard of management which is nationally recognised."
Advertiser editor Glenn Ebrey said: "Croydon is full of some great pubs, clubs and bars.
"This is a great way of rewarding high standards while also giving a voice to the people who matter most – the customers."
Cast your vote in the four categories below...