Cheers bar hopes to bring a premier licensing award to the Broch giving it a hat-trick of awards as the local bar bounces back from the collapse of its outdoor facilities roof last year.
Nominated as one of the top 100 pubs by Famous Grouse in 2010 and gaining a Gold Award under the Best Bar None scheme in 2009 management, staff and customers are hoping Cheers can make it a hat-trick and bring home the prestigous SLTN award for the best smoking facilities in Scotland in 2011.
Proprietor, Dennis Forsyth, told the Herald: “I decided to enter Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern for the SLTN awards after being advised by two reps that we should enter as they had travelled all over Scotland with their work and had never seen anything like the facilities on offer here, one of the reps even handed me the SLTN application form.
“The licensing trade was hit really badly when the smoking ban was implemented, that said, people standing outside pubs smoking can be off putting for other customers too. The outside area offered by Cheers provides the ideal solution, it enables smoking and non smoking customers to socialise together in comfort, in a clean and friendly environment.
Having bounced back from the roof collapse on Thursday December 23, the new and improved outdoor facilities provide leather sofas to relax on housed within the 17m by 5.5m extension at the rear of the bar and restaurant.
Dennis continued: “We are now able to cater for approximately 300 customers outside, providing seating for 220 with 100 of those having canopy cover. Basically we have been able to bring the inside out and with the outdoor heaters that we have installed, these facilities can be enjoyed all year round. There are more plans afoot but we are keeping these under wraps at present,” he added.”
The SLTN Awards are open to all relevant members of the Scottish licensed trade, with judging taking place in a number of stages the final winners are announced at the SLTN Awards dinner and presentation in November.