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A KNAPHILL man planning to expand a nightclub business to Torquay has been barred from all pubs and clubs in the seaside town after allegedly glassing a clubber.

Bed Bar managing director Paul Fisher, of Northwood Avenue,  has been charged with unlawful wounding.

The 32-year-old is accused of glassing Mario Montinaro in the early hours of May 3, at the Cafe Mambo nightclub in the Devon town.

Mr Montinaro was taken to hospital and doctors were required to remove glass from his neck.

The 22-year-old victim also had cuts to the side of his face which needed butterfly stitches.

At a hearing at Torquay magistrates’ court last Thursday (August 9), Mr Fisher pleaded not guilty and requested that the case be directed to trial by jury, which the magistrate agreed to.

A commital date has been set for Friday, October 5 back at Torquay magistrates’ court, with the trial
expected to start next spring at Exeter Crown Court.

As a bail condition Mr Fisher has been excluded from entering licensed premises in Torquay, except for hotels where he has made a reservation. He is still allowed to visit restaurants, supermarkets and the new Bed Bar in Torquay.

It is understood the team behind the Bed Bar nightspots in Church Path, Woking, and Reading have  taken over the lease of the former Pure nightclub in Torquay and plan to open for business in late September.

Mr Fisher’s lawyer,  Alex Tribick, said: “It was made clear by Paul that his preference was for a trial by jury, as he feels confident that in front of 12 of his peers, justice will prevail in this case, and the magistrate agreed that should be the case.

“It is ironic that he finds himself in this unfortunate position, with this prosecution hanging over him, given his work with Bed Bar, which is dedicated to making people’s nights out as enjoyable as they should be.”

In June Mr Fisher was ­celebrating the Bed Bar being named the best in ­Woking at the inaugural Best Bar None awards.

He represented the nightclub at the event held at HG Wells Centre, where Bed Bar also won the prestigious People’s Choice award, ­voted for by the general ­public.

After picking up the award Mr Fisher said he had hopes of making the soon-to-open Bed Bar in Torquay just as successful.
He said: “We have now reviewed all our policies and ­procedures and this award is for all the hard work we have put in.

“There is a Bed Bar in Reading and a new bar in ­Torquay and both of those will be entering the Best Bar None competition next year.

“We want to win all three.”

PUT IT TO BED - Staff from Bed Bar celebrate their prizes

PUT IT TO BED – Staff from Bed Bar celebrate their prizes

BED BAR is the best bar in Woking according to the people who really matter. . . you.

The late-night cocktail bar on Church Path scooped the Woking News & Mail-sponsored People’s Choice prize at the inaugural Best Bar None awards at HG Wells Centre on Monday.

The Bed Bar team returned to the stage moments later after being declared the Best Bar in the town.

Managing director Paul Fisher and his staff were the big winners on the night, alongside Guildford Road pub The Sovereigns which scooped the Best Pub and Miller Brands UK ­Overall Award.

And Paul, 32, was delighted that the club’s turnaround in ­fortunes from a low-key beginning five years ago has been appreciated and recognised in the public vote.

I would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in Best Bar None

He said: “We’ve been in the town for five years now and we’ve gone from the worst club in the area to the best – it’s a fantastic feeling. We are pretty relieved to be honest because we’ve achieved what we set out to do and that was to become the best bar in Woking.

“A few new members of staff have come in and really got on board with the competition.

“We’ve reviewed all our policies and procedures and this award is recognition for all the hard work we have put in. There is a Bed Bar inReading and a new bar in Torquay and both of those will be entering the Best Bar None competition next year. We want to win all three.”

Paul also had a message for anyone thinking of challenging for his Best Bar crown next year.

He said: “I would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in Best Bar None.

“Everyone has upped their standards and trouble has fallen – this really is a brilliant scheme.” A total of 40 pubs and clubs entered this year’s competition.

The Sovereigns were also  in celebratory mood after their double success with Chameleon nightclub on Chertsey Street earning the title of Best Club.

The Sovereigns manager Chris Kelly, 40, is a 20 year veteran of pub management but admitted winning the Best Pub award in his first year in Woking was something a bit special.

He said: “We are throwing a bit of a party for the staff and the regulars, there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’ and they are just as part of this success as anyone.

“It was a great feeling because it went to a public vote. We like to think we give the public what they want and it is nice to know they see it that way.”