After Dark: The 2012 Australian Hotels Association Awards

by The Editor

Update: We drafted the text below two days ago in the hope of doing a story on the awards.  After several phonecalls, messages, and a lack of any available details regarding the evening’s winners via thee AHA website, it appears the industry lobby group for hotels and bars needs to have a think about a new communications strategy for their ‘night-of-nights’…

(See Update II below)

We can’t tell you much of what occurred (there wasn’t even a Twitter feed) but can confirm The George Harcourt Inn won Best Wine List.  We love the George – it’s a beautiful old pub with exceptional operators – but if that’s the best list in Canberra well, we’ve no choice but to move to Cooma.

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For those not aware of the AHA Awards, this annual gala evening is attended by many of those who own and operate venues from corporate hotels to the smallest of bars. The only requirement for inclusion in the awards is membership of the Australian Hotels Association. After that, you can nominate yourself for any category you care to chance your arm at.

With Public Bar and Honkytonks launching within the last twelve months, there was bound to be stiff comptetition for the silverware. We didn’t attend last night’s ceremony, but here is a wrap up of who scooped the big awards.

Update II:  Thanks to the good folk at Canberra City News (clearly not all as hungover as the office of the AHA) here is the full list on nominees and winners from last night:

 

Australian Hotel Association’s Hospitality Awards winners and nominees:

John Press Award: Winner – Sasha Trpovski, HonkyTonks & Hippo Bar

Member of the Year: Winner – Doma Hotels

Best Family Restaurant: Winner – Caph’s Café Bar

Best International Cuisine: Nominees – Taze’ Mediterranean Cuisine, Italian & Sons.Winner – Italian & Sons

Best Prestigous Restaurant: Nominees – Mezzalira Ristorante, The Artisan Restaurant, Sage Dining Rooms. Winner – Sage Dining Rooms

Best Modern Australian Restaurant: Nominees – Kingsley’s Steak & Crabhouse, Pistachio Dining at Torrens, The Kennedy Room, Public. Winner – Pistachio Dining at Torrens

Best Restaurant (Informal – Overall): Nominees – Kingsley’s Steak & Crabhouse, Pistachio Dining at Torrens, Taze’ Mediterranean Cuisine, The Kennedy Room, Italian & Sons, Public. Winner – Italian & Sons

Best Pub Bistro: Nominees – Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub, The Durham Castle Arms, The George Harcourt Inn, King O’Malleys, Ha Ha Bar, Edgars Inn. Winner – The George Harcourt Inn

Best Wine List: Nominees – The George Harcourt Inn, The Artisan Restaurant, Mezzalira Ristorante, Italian & Sons, Honkytonks, Public. Winner – The George Harcourt Inn

Best Bar Presentation & Service: Nominees – Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub, The Durham Castle Arms, The Kennedy Room, King O’Malleys, Honkytonks, Kremlin Bar, Edgars Inn, Hippo Bar, Sub-Urban, Northbar, ICBM, Public, Mint Garden Bar. Winner – Public. Highly Commended – HonkyTonks

Best Cocktail Bar: Nominees – Kremlin Bar, La De Da, Hippo Bar, Northbar. Winner – Kremlin Bar

Best Local: Nominees – The George Harcourt Inn, Edgars Inn, Ha Ha Bar, Mint Garden Bar. Winner – Edgars Inn

Best New/Re-developed Venue (General Division): Nominees – Sage Dining Rooms, Honkytonks, La De Da, Soju Girl, Public.Winner – Public. Highly Commended – HonkyTonks

Best Late Night Entertainment Venue: Nominees – Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub, Academy Nightclub, Transit Bar, ICBM, Meche. Winner – Academy Nightclub

Best Live Entertainment Venue: Nominees –  Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub, King O’Malley’s, Sub-Urban, Transit Bar. Winner – Transit Bar

Best Sporting Entertainment Area: Nominees – The Durham Castle Arms, Statesman Hotel Motel, King O’Malley’s, Edgar’s Inn, Sub-Urban Winner – Sub-Urban.

Best Deluxe Accommodation: Nominees – Hotel Realm, Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Winner – Hotel Realm

Best Superior Accommodation: Nominees – Diamant Hotel Canberra, Burbury Hotel. Winner – Diamant Hotel Canberra

Best First Class Accommodation: Nominees – Belconnen Premier Inn, Quality Hotel Dickson, Quality Hotel Woden, The Brassey of Canberra, all seasons Canberra. Winner – Quality Hotel Dickson

Best Mid-Range Accommodation: Nominees – Statesman Hotel Motel, Forrest Hotel and Apartments. Winner – Statesman Hotel Motel

Best Suite/Apartment Hotel: Nominees – Clifton Suites on Northbourne, Forrest Hotel and Apartments. Winner – Clifton Suites on Northbourne

Best Hotel Restaurant: Winner – Bicicletta, Diamant Hotel Canberra

Best Marketed Hotel: Nominees – Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Diamant Hotel Canberra, Burbury Hotel, Forrest Hotel and Apartments.

Winner – Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Best Meetings & Events Hotel: Nominees – Hotel Realm, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Forrest Hotel and Apartments.

Winner – Hotel Realm Canberra

Best New/Re-developed Venue (Accommodation Division): Nominees – Quality Hotel Dickson, Burbury Hotel.

Winner – Burbury Hotel

Best Environmental Practice: Nominees – Rydges Eagle Hawke Resort, all seasons Canberra.

Winner – Rydges Eagle Hawke Resort

Best Front of House Employee: Nominees –  Alyssa from Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort, Alex from Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Matt from all seasons Canberra, Erika from all seasons Canberra, Kate from Quality Hotel Dickson.

Winner – Erika Jurd, all seasons Canberra

Best Restaurant Service Employee: Nominees – Dexter from Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Michael from Caph’s Café Bar, Emily from Caph’s Café Bar.

Winner – Dexter Mathais, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Best Restaurant Cookery Employee: Winner – Clement Chauvin, Sage Dining Rooms

Best Apprentice Chef: Nominees – Jemma from Pistachio Dining at Torrens, John from all seasons Canberra, Ashleigh from Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Winner – Jemma Patat, Pistachio Dining at Torrens.

Best Bar Service Employee: Nominees – Duncan from Kremlin Bar, Richard from Mint Garden Bar, Russell from La De Da, Julia from Meche, Bryce from Northbar.

Winner – Richard ‘Dick’ Blanchard, Mint Garden Bar

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