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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]20 local pubs, clubs and bars are celebrating after being recognised as the ‘best bar none’ in Renfrewshire.

Licensed premises across the area took part in the Best Bar None Awards 2015, a joint initiative from Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland.

The scheme, introduced in 2012, recognises those premises providing locals with a safe place to enjoy a drink. Venues score gold, silver or bronze status and are then entitled to display their Best Bar None accreditation.

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Eight of the premises involved will now compete in the national Best Bar None award scheme.

The biggest winners were WWCM Ltd who won four gold awards for their venues Kilty Kilty, Caffufals, Fantoosh and the Tartan Rose.

Claire Colquhoun, general manager of WWCM Ltd, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won four awards. Kilty Kilty has been part of the scheme from the start but this is the first year we’ve put as many as four venues forward, so to win gold awards for all four is something we’re very proud of.”

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“We’re committed to making sure everyone who comes to our venues has a safe, enjoyable experience and it’s nice to be able to show that commitment through our Best Bar None accreditation.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We had more entrants for the scheme than ever before this year and it’s hugely encouraging to see the quality of the applications rise year-on-year.

“Well-managed licensed premises play an important part in making our towns and villages more vibrant places. Our award winners all go above and beyond for their customers and their communities, and we’re happy to be able to recognise that through Best Bar None.”

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Inspector Jane Harley of Police Scotland said: “We work closely with licensed premises throughout Renfrewshire to ensure the safety of their patrons and their wider communities.

“All of our award winners are doing great work to promote responsible drinking and community safety. I’d encourage other licensees to find out more about the scheme and get involved.”

Details of all award winners are available at

Best Bar None 2015 winners were:

Hotel Bar: Glynhill Hotel – Silver (Category Winner)

Independent Bar: Kilty Kilty – Gold (Category Winner); Caffufals – Gold; The Bankhouse – Gold; Bar Varia – Gold

Bar: Bishopton Inn Hotel – Bronze (Category Winner)

Independent Pub: The Ferry Inn – Gold (Category Winner); Hamishes’ Hoose – Gold; Tartan Rose – Gold; Old Swan Inn – Silver; Craigielea Bar – Silver

Pub: Lord of the Isles – Gold (Category Winner); The Flying Scotsman – Gold; Gabriels – Gold; Craig Dhu – Gold; The Last Post – Silver; The Trust Inn – Silver; Glenleven Inn – Silver

Night Club: Fantoosh – Gold (Category Winner)

Specialist Entertainment Venue: UWS Student’s Union – Gold (Category Winner)

Heart of the Community: Hamishes’ Hoose

Best Public Health Initiative: Caffufals

Best Use of Innovation: UWS Student’s Union[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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Licensing chiefs urge public to have their say.

Licensing chiefs at Renfrewshire Council are looking for new members, including young people and another local resident, to join the area’s Licensing Forum.

The forum keeps tabs on how the alcohol licensing system is working and gives advice and makes recommendation to the Licensing Board.


The Forum contains representatives from police and fire and rescue services, Renfrewshire Community Health partnership, Renfrewshire Drug and Alcohol Partnership, young people, and local residents, as well as the local licensed trade.

There are currently five vacancies on the Forum and a recruiting drive is being launched over the next couple of months to fill those vacancies.

Margaret Dymond, Forum Convener, said, “A lot of good work is being done in Renfrewshire through regulation, and training and award schemes, to keep improving standards in the licensed trade.

“Pubs and clubs can be a strong focal point in their communities.

“At the same time, we all know there can be problems associated with alcohol consumption whether that shows in people’s health or in antisocial behaviour. We want to use local knowledge to help us in tackling those issues.

“We’d stress to potential new members of the Forum that they wouldn’t be required to give up a lot of time. Meetings are quarterly and training is given to all members.

Anyone interested in potentially becoming a member should contact Paul Shiach, Committee Services Officer, Renfrewshire Council, tel 0141 608 7103 or email[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sat 4th February

Domino Gumbo, Bringing a little Fais-Do-Do to ole’ Paisley
Every pot of gumbo starts with a roux – once you have that you can add just about anything to your pot of gumbo. Our roux is Fats Domino. His influence runs right though all the music we play. No-one has had a bigger influence on the music of South West Louisiana than Fats. This band plays all types of music from that wonderful place – R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop – all mixed up together in a loving gumbo.

Hence – Domino Gumbo

Pounding piano and rolling saxes? Present. Downhome squeezebox? Indeed. Flailing frottoir? (the over the shoulder rub-board). Scotland’s No 1 washboard man is on-board.
Domino Gumbo is a seven piece band, featuring guys who have paid their dues and more. From soul to country; from folk to blues – these guys have been playing American Roots music long before it was remotely popular.

The band was founded in Spring 2010 when three founder members spent over a month in New Orleans and the adjacent swamplands, watching and learning first-hand from the acknowledged masters. Returning home they hunted high and low for the right players to create the big sound. Since then, it has been non-stop rehearsal and recording.
They are now ‘ready, willing and able’ to rock’n’roll all night.

This music was originally played for dancing – and to this day that is still the best response. This is not music for the head; this is music for the FEET. The band is particularly keen to play venues where folks can shimmy, shake and cut some rug.

Some of the songs are self-written but most are drawn from the great Louisiana common repertoire. These are NOT ‘covers’. This is real folk music and folks in New Orleans would think it daft that anyone can own a song; irrespective of who wrote it or played it first. Domino Gumbo are drawing from, and adding to, that tradition.
Bring your dancing shoes……..

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