Success is On The Rocks and down at Cullens at the Bartenders Ball

Written by: Press Release

Submitted: 25 September 2007

One of the biggest celebration nights of the year took place on Thursday night as over 1,000 people turned on the style at The Bartenders Ball. The extravaganza, incorporating the Newquay Bar Awards, was an overwhelming success marking not only the end of another busy tourist season but also the ever-increasing quality in Cornwall's hospitality industry. watch video

Roy from Scouting for Girls presenting an award

Roy from Scouting for Girls
presenting an award

Newquay Bar Awards 2007

Thanks to the investment of Bartenders Ball Ltd, the interior of Sailors nightclub was transformed beyond belief with huge white drapes and stunning fire effect lighting. Hotel, bar and restaurant staff and owners from in and around Newquay gathered in anticipation early in the evening for the awards which were smoothly hosted by Dean Moore and Tim Ley of Atlantic FM, showing that they have more than a face for radio in their tuxedos!

The quality and efforts of bars, restaurants and establishments across the town were recognized in the various categories however the ever popular On The Rocks bar and newcomer Cullens restaurant received several mentions and 3 awards each as a result of votes from customers and the general public. On The Rocks was victorious as the winner in Best Late Night venue, Peoples Choice award and Best Overall Bar categories whilst Cullens received the Best Daytime Eating Experience, Best Service Standards and Best Late Night Eating experience.

Other winners included The Red Lion as Best Traditional Pub, The Reef Surf Lodge for Best Hotel Surf Lodge Bar, The Koola as the Best Nightclub and Weatherspoons received the Best Toilet Award. Runners-up in various categories included Buzios, The Vic Bars, The Kings Head, The Chy Bar and Kitchen, The Lewinnick Lodge, Belushis, Red Square, Ye Olde Dolphin and The Boarding House.

Scouting for Girls at Towan Beach in Newquay

Scouting for Girls at Towan Beach

Scouting For Girls Headlining the Event

Further into the evening, top ten band of the moment Scouting For Girls took to the stage and entertained the enthusiastic crowds with their catchy melodies including current single 'She's So Lovely' and recent chart success 'It's Not About You'. The pop stars also said that they'd had an amazing time in Newquay, having taken to the surf in a lesson earlier in the day, and that they hoped to be back soon.

Following Scouting for Girls, Sowena and The Truths entertained on the Newquay Live Stage and DJs including Jelly Jazz, Mastervibe, Genius and T boy, Piers (Stereomutants), Robin Parris and Luke Gledhill got the dance floor filled.

Organiser and director of The Bartenders Ball Karl Weston said, "Tonight has been really great fun and it's been brilliant to see everyone all dressed up and letting their hair down after a majorly busy hospitality season. The Bartenders Ball has ploughed a major amount of financial investment, manpower hours and energy into tonight's event and I believe that this commitment will continue to help bolster the all important Newquay bar and hospitality industry."

Karl continues, "Our thriving bar and restaurant business is a major driver for the local economy and our awards are providing much needed recognition for the key players who are transferring our local sector and setting the highest of quality standards. It's great to see the mix of a newcomer like Cullens getting the accolades they deserve and also a favourite on the scene, On The Rocks, winning their categories again. I think the results show that there is huge variation in the demand for different options within our local industry but that it is those who really understand their proposition, and do all possible to exceed the customer's expectations who are voted in as the winners."