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Best Bar None 2017 Winner Boisdale

Staff from Boisdale Canary Wharf proudly show off their trophy!

Early spring is undoubtedly awards season, but we’re not talking about the BAFTAs, the Brits, or even the Oscars.

For bar and restaurant owners in Tower Hamlets there was only one awards ceremony which really mattered this season: Tower Hamlets Council’s Best Bar None awards.

A ceremony was staged at the four-star Radison Blu Edwardian hotel in New Providence Wharf on Wednesday 8 March, attended by the movers and shakers of the borough’s enviably vibrant night time economy.

While collecting silverware on the evening was a real accolade for the winners, the Best Bar None initiative is designed to benefit the whole Tower Hamlets community by recognising excellence in responsible management of licensed premises throughout the borough.

By championing those venues in the borough which demonstrate exemplary conduct, the scheme aims to build a positive relationship between those working in the night time economy, the police and local authorities, while promoting the borough as a safe and appealing place for a good night out.

Mayor John Biggs said:

 “The Best Bar None scheme is a great way to raise standards in our pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. It recognises everyone from high street chains to hidden gems who provide an outstanding service not only for customers but by being good and responsible neighbours to their community.

 “I want to thank everyone who makes this scheme possible, from the police and sponsors to all the businesses who take part by striving to improve standards and make our borough an even better place to eat, drink and enjoy.”

Launched in Manchester in 2003, and now running in 75 towns and cities across the UK, the scheme, which is supported by the Home Office, is now being taken up internationally.

 Taking the stage to collect the top prizes on the night were:

  • The Big Chill Bar on Dray Walk, off Brick Lane named Best Bar 2017
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf named Best Restaurant 2017

Other winners included:

The Tower Hotel on St Katherine’s Way -  Best of the Rest (Bar)

  • Henry Addington for the ‘Crown of Canary Wharf’ (Bar) award
  • Manjal Indian Restaurant, on Turnberry Quay - Best of the Rest (Restaurant).   

The night belonged to The Big Chill Bar and Boisdale of Canary Wharf, however, who both collected additional trophies in the Best of Brick Lane and the ‘Crown of Canary Wharf’ (Restaurant) categories, respectively.

With seventeen newly-accredited venues, however, the real winners were the people of Tower Hamlets who can enjoy a great night out in the borough safe in the knowledge that those venues recognise their responsibility both to their customers and to the wider community.


Posted on Monday 13th March 2017