Havering Council reveals borough’s top entertainment venues at Night Life Awards 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:04 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 December 2018

Members of staff from The Retailery collect their award at Havering's premier nightlife awards. Photo: Havering Council

Members of staff from The Retailery collect their award at Havering's premier nightlife awards. Photo: Havering Council


The best of the borough’s night time venues were out in full force to pick up their awards at the prestigious Havering Night Life Awards.

A total of 2,500 people in Havering voted for their favourite restaurants, bars and night time entertainment venues and on Wednesday, November 28, the final winners were revealed.

The nominations were narrowed down to the top three and the venues had to show that as well as being the popular public choice, they also matched criteria set by Havering Council, police and other partners.

They had to demonstrate how they ensure their venues are safe and responsible as well as being a great place for a night out.

“It was an excellent evening,” said councillor Viddy Persaud, cabinet member for public protection and safety.

“Havering has one the best and most vibrant night time economies in London and the awards show how the venues being awarded not only provide the best in their category, but also how seriously they are taking their customers safety and wellbeing to heart.

Ten venues received awards and a further three special awards were also presented.

The Best Bar None accreditation award went to The Fatling, a popular craft pub in Hornchurch’s High Street which also picked up awards for Best Customer Care and the Best Live Act Venue.

Romford’s Brookside Theatre collected the award for Best Entertainment Venue and the Tandoori Lounge won the Best Restaurant Award for their authentic Indian cuisine.

Other venues to have their success recognised were McDonald’s for Best Takeaway Award and The Retailery for Best After Work Venue.

Cllr Persaud added: “The steps they are taking are not only helping to raise the profile of the borough but also helping to keep the borough safe and one of the best places to visit in London.”

Safe and Sound Special awards were also presented to Colin Wells from McDonald’s Romford, Romford Town Centre Team A and Romford Town Centre Team B.

The awards are run in conjunction with Best Bar None, an accreditation scheme of national awards supported by the Home Office and drinks industry.

They are aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

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