Ipswich: Bars are stars of the night

Pub and bar staff from across the town are celebrating today after reaping the rewards of their hard work and efforts.

Venues across Ipswich shone at the Best Bar None awards, where 30 bars and pubs were competing for the title of the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The prestigious award, which is sponsored by the Ipswich Star, went to Bowmans after they received the highest amount of public votes.

The event, held at the Corn Exchange last night, celebrated all the hard work, time and effort put in by well-managed licensed premises across the town during the nine award-ceremony.

More than 120 guests attended the night, which was hosted by PC John Alcock and supported by the Ipswich Star, the borough council, Ipswich Central and Suffolk police.

The winners included Aqua8, who were awarded the title of Best Independent Bar and The Kingfisher in Chantry, which was chosen as the town’s family friendly venue

But, the overall Ipswich Best Bar None Winners award for 2011/12 went to the nightclub – Groove.

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Manager Alexandra Pilbrow told of her delight and shock after winning the award.

Councillor Neil Macdonald, Safer Ipswich portfolio-holder said; “I want to give my warmest congratulations to all the winners but also my thanks to all premises that work with us to make Ipswich Best Bar None the success it is.

“A lot of hard work goes into the scheme but I believe we are making a real difference when it comes to making the town a safer and more.”

Donna Harvey-Arnell, of The Ipswich Star, said: “The Ipswich Star has continued to support the Best Bar None Awards. These awards are a benchmark for good quality and safe establishments in the town.

“The People’s Award gives Ipswich resident’s a voice.”

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