Raising a glass to those stars of the winning bars

Staff and customers from the Dog Daisy pub receive their Best Bar None award.
Staff and customers from the Dog Daisy pub receive their Best Bar None award.

A MEXBOROUGH pub has scooped a top award for the second year in a row at an annual awards ceremony to celebrate Doncaster’s best boozers.

The Dog Daisy was named Community Pub of the Year for the west and north at Doncaster Council’s Best Bar None awards.

The pub took home the same award last year, and was runner-up the year before.

Fellow Mexborough pub the Boy and Barrel, and Conisbrough’s Lord Conyers, were also named joint runners-up.

But the night belonged to the Dog Daisy, as they also picked up the award for “Friendliest Atmosphere.”

Judges were impressed with the pub’s fundraising activities, and the fact that theyhave set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for residents.

The pub also earned extra marks after they offered to seel food from the bar during the recent snow storms, when elderly residents claimed they could not get up icy roads to the local shop.

Landlady Julie Cooper said: “We’re over the moon because none of us expected to win. It’s a great honour to be recognised by people who are in the same industry.

“We’re especially pleased with the friendliest atmosphere because that is voted for by the customers.

“We have a great community here and are only pleased to support our loyal customers in any way we can.”

More than 300 guests attended the awards ceremony at the Keepmoat Stadium last week, with some even coming in fancy dress for the evening’s theme of ‘Chicago: The Musical’.

The overall winners award went to, Manana Manana, which also took home the best town centre bar award.

Richard McIvor, who co-owns Manana Manana with his brother David, said: “All our staff are over the moon with the results, we’ve put a lot of work in over the last 12 months and it’s paid off with us reclaiming the Best Bar and Overall winners titles this year.

Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies said after the ceremony: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners of tonight’s awards and I’m pleased to see the Best Bar None scheme celebrating the most responsible establishments in Doncaster. “These venues have raised the bar yet again and I’m sure that next year they’ll have strong competition for their awards.

“Doncaster is known throughout Yorkshire as the place to go for a vibrant and exciting night out, and I hope the winners of these awards will continue to make sure people are enjoying themselves and spending their hard-earned money here.”