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Setting The Bar

Welcome to Setting the Bar, Stockton on Tees Borough Council’s Licensed Premises Award Scheme.

All on-licenced premises operating in Stockton will be invited to participate during their initial licence application; existing premises are invited to apply at any time.

In addition the scheme will complement the targeted inspection regime to enable premises to be assessed during their routine inspection to Bronze level, whilst raising awareness of the opportunity to apply to the scheme to be assessed to a higher level. The scheme promotes to operators the benefits of operating above the minimum requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 in order to provide a higher standard of premises. This scheme is fully supported by Cleveland Police.


Accredited Venues

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Black Bull

40-42 High Street, Yarm

Canteen & Cocktails

1 High Street, Norton

Golden Jubilee

Healaugh Park, Yarm

Head Of Steam

8 Harland Place, Norton

Hope & Union

9-10 Silver Court, Silver Street, Stockton

Horse & Jockey

Durham Road, Stockton

Ivy House

22 Dovecot Street, Stockton

John Walker Tavern

6 Bridge Road, Stockton

Ketton Ox

98 – 100 High Street, Yarm

King Arms Hotel

Wolviston Road, Billingham

Manor House

High Lane, Maltby

Myton House Farm

Ingleby Way, Ingleby Barwick

Parkwood Traditional Pub and Kitchen

64-66 Darlington Road, Stockton

The Edge

Castlegate Mill, Riverside, Stockton

The Fairfield

Fairfield Road, Stockton

The Forum Theatre Bar

Town Centre, Billingham

The Georgian Theatre

Green Dragon Yard, Stockton

The George & Dragon

70 High Street, Yarm

The Go-Between

27 Dovecot Street, Stockton

The Keys

65 High Street, Yarm

The Masham

87-89 Hartburn Village, Stockton
The North Eastern 163 High Street, Stockton

The Riverside Lounge

Castlegate Mill, Riverside, Stockton

The Roundel

Mitchell Avenue, Thornaby

The Royal Oak

20 High Street, Stockton

The Storytellers

64 Dovecot Street, Stockton

Union Arms

68 High Street, Yarm

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Hyde Bar

Rowan Yard, Billingham Road, Norton

The Castle & Anchor

2 Church Road, Stockton


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Brennan’s Bar

6 Regency West Mall, Prince Regent Street, Stockton

The Cattle Market 

6 Church Road, Stockton

The Golden Eagle

Trenchard Avenue, Thornaby

The Oddfellows

500 Thornaby Road, Thornaby

The Sun Inn 

2 Knowles Street, Stockton 


How to apply

Each criteria is categorised and the scoring will be as follows:

M     Mandatory - applications must meet all relevant mandatory criteria – Bronze Award

D     Desirable – applicants should demonstrate commitment to improvement beyond mandatory requirements. All M and 75% of D criteria – Silver Award.

E     Exceptional standard, only premises that achieve all of the M, 75% of D and 50% of E criteria will receive Gold Award.

Evidence will be required in support of your application. If you are interested in applying to join the scheme please complete the application form.

What Happens Next?

Following submission of the application with copies of policies and other documentation to evidence the suitability of your application, a visit may be required to assess the premises. If a visit is required we will examine all written policies and documentation that you have submitted against the application. Where policies are in place or training is required premises will be expected to evidence that this has been undertaken and understood by all staff.

Setting the Bar status will be awarded based on your application and the evidence you provide. However, you may be re-assessed at any time and your status can be withdrawn or suspended if you do not show evidence that the practices you outline in the application do apply at all times and in all circumstances.

Should you need any assistance with your application please contact [email protected] or telephone Licensing Services 01642 526568.

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