Cheers Bar picks up industry accolade

Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth.
Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth.

A Fraserburgh bar has crowned a year of awards success by winning another prestigious industry accolade.

Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern has won the 2013 SLTN Award for the Best Independent Pub/Bar of the Year.

Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth travelled to Glasgow with his fiance, Dawn, and two members of Cheers staff to attend the SLTN Awards ceremony last month.

The event was held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel and hosted by comedian Kevin Bridges.

The SLTN Awards recognises the best licensed traders in the UK.

Cheers was one of three entries to the Best Independent Pub/Bar of the Year category.

As part of the awards process, Cheers had to submit a detailed report about all aspects of their business. The Fraserburgh establishment was also inspected by judges who sampled meals and coffee there.

Commenting, Dennis said: “The judges remarked that it was very unusual to have a pub with such uniqueness and high quality in such a small town.

“They were particularly impressed by our outside area, attention to detail and our enormous range of products.

“They were also very impressed by the work we’ve done to make our premises more accessible and inclusive, particularly our work on disability awareness.

“They were also astonished by the amount of national awards we’d won over the last year and the wide range of categories we’d won.”

Cheers now plans to extend its cocktail lists and is extending its spirits range to include almost 500 different spirits.

The Fraserburgh bar is also employing four modern apprentices at the moment on bar-keeping and house-keeping skills.

Members of Cheers staff will also be undertaking further training at the Tennent’s Training Academy in Glasgow as well as continuing with their general training programme. Cheers won the BII Scottish Trainer Award earlier this year.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Cheers was granted planning permission recently to build a glass conservatory that will adjoin one of the existing smoking shelters.

The walls of the structure will be able to open up for an al fresco experience in the good weather and close up on colder days.

The planned conservatory, complete with new furnishings and flooring, is expected to provide a dining area for around 80 people.