BARNSLEY Council bosses are encouraging local venues to get involved in the popular ‘Best Bar None’ scheme as it returns for a fourth year.

The voluntary accreditation scheme, which is supported by the Home Office, aims to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed venues.

To become Best Bar None-accredited, venues must meet more than 80 standards, providing evidence that you meet each one - there are currently 22 accredited premises in Barnsley.

Venues who have previously signed up must reapply to participate again and new entries are encouraged.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “We’re pleased to be bringing back Best Bar None for a fourth year.

“It has been a tremendous success since its introduction and gives our residents and visitors the confidence that Barnsley is a safe place to enjoy a night out.

“We have seen more pubs, clubs and restaurants get involved each year and, with new venues popping up around the borough, it would be fantastic to have them on board as well as the familiar faces.

“The pandemic hit the hospitality sector incredibly hard, forcing closures for prolonged periods of time, and we appreciate how difficult this was for business owners and staff.

“It’s been great to see our town centre buzzing with activity of an evening and at the weekends again.”

For more information or to sign up, email