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Sounds like they're the best bar none

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

  • Sound team, from left, Robert Matthews, Paul Desmond, Laura Cockle and Charlie Quinn with their Best Bar None award at Heartlands in Pool.

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A PENZANCE nightclub is the toast of the county after scooping a top award.

Sound on Market Jew Street came out top in the third annual Cornwall Best Bar None event which aims to showcase high standards in the night-time economy.

It was named as the overall winner of the competition last week as well as walking away with the title of best nightclub and was also awarded accreditation, recognising the venue for its high standards.

"It's nice is to be recognised by the professional bodies and governing bodies who work with the licensed trades," said Rob Matthews, of Sound Nightclub.

"We have invested a great deal of time training our own staff and making it available to staff of other local premises, with the ambition of having a positive effect on the licensing trade of Penzance."

The scheme, based on national best practice to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, rewards premises that meet minimum standards for licensing legislation including prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance, health and safety and protection of children.

"The public probably have the perception that we just open the doors and turn the music on but behind the scenes we commit hundreds of hours of work, training each department to the highest level, from glass collectors to the security team, attending and chairing Penzance Pub Watch, supporting the Street Pastors and other local organisations," said Mr Matthews.

"We hope that both the community and tourists visiting Penzance and our premises will feel safe."

Sixteen premises across the county achieved accreditation including Wetherspoon pubs The Tremenheere in Penzance and The Hain Line in St Ives.

Des Tidbury, chief fire officer and director of community safety and protection for Cornwall, presented the awards and highlighted the value and importance of the scheme.

"Licensed premises in Cornwall make an important contribution to the local economy," he said.

"The high standards of management achieved by the premises represented here tonight reflects their ambition to provide a safe, top quality social experience for residents and visitors."

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