Canberra’s new venues scoop Hospitality Awards

Date: 28 July 2015

Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards tonight.

Following a record number of entries in the Awards, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees.

More than 35 sponsored Awards were presented including Best Deluxe (5-star) Hotel, Best Cocktail Bar and Best Restaurant as well as two new Awards including the Best Tourism Initiative, won by Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Hosted by Sky News Political Reporter Laura Jayes, the AHA ACT’s ‘Night of Nights’ recognised local hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafés and their employees for outstanding hospitality achievements, success and service.

AHA ACT General Manager Brad Watts said this year’s event once again celebrated innovative newcomers in new entertainment precincts as well as well-established venues:

  • East Hotel – Best Suite Apartment Hotel, Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 star) and Member of the Year (Mr Todd Handy)
  • Hotel Hotel – Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star), Best Bar in a Hotel and a Commendation for Best Hotel Restaurant for Monster Kitchen & Bar
  • Hopscotch – Best Bar Presentation and Service, Pub Bistro and a Commendation in Best New/Redeveloped Venue.

“From a popular Braddon gastro-pub to a unique, five-star hotel and a world-class wildlife retreat, this year’s winners showcased innovation and progression across the ACT’s growing hospitality sector,” Mr Watts said.

The hotel, hospitality and tourism sector is vital to the ACT’s economy with the latest figures showing the industry generates more than $1.6 billion a year for the economy and employs around 14,700 people.  The hospitality industry is an important long-term growth sector.

Two major awards were also bestowed on talented industry leaders:  AHA ACT’s John Press Award was won by David Quinn from The Duxton while Todd Handy from East Hotel was crowned 2015 Member of the Year.

“AHA ACT sincerely thanked all key sponsors and event partners including the NCC for their generous support and making the 2015 Awards night such a memorable success,” Mr Watts said.  To read more about the Awards, visit www.actaha.org.au

See below for the full list of 2015 AHA ACT Hospitality Award winners:

 

  AHA ACT Award

Award Winner

1.

 

John Press Award

 

David Quinn
The Duxton

 

2. Member of the Year Todd Handy
East Hotel
3.

 

Hall of Fame Hotel Realm

 

4.

 

 

Best Restaurant Service Employee (Accommodation Division) Bryan Cronan
Avenue Hotel Canberra

 

5.

 

 

Best Restaurant Service Employee (General Division)

 

Jordan Hackett
Taze

 

6.

 

 

Best Restaurant Cookery Employee

 

 

 

Prasantha Giragama
Crowne Plaza Canberra

 

 

7.

 

 

Best Apprentice Chef

 

 

Tara Chainey
Walt & Burley

 

 

8.

 

Best Front of House Employee

 

Sunil Choudhary
Crowne Plaza Canberra

 

 

9.

 

Best Bar Service Employee (Accomodation Division)

 

Kyle Papworth
Avenue Hotel Canberra

 

10.

 

Best Bar Service Employee (General)

 

Liam Thomson
The George Harcourt Inn

 

11.

 

Best Bar in a Hotel

 

Monster Kitchen & Bar
Hotel Hotel

 

12.

 

Best Hotel Restaurant

 

Lilo Tang
Burbury Hotel

 

13.

 

Best Cocktail Bar

 

Molly

 

14.

 

Best Wine List

 

Capitol Bar & Grill
QT Canberra

 

15.

 

Best Café Restaurant

 

The District

 

16.

 

Best Restaurant

 

Pialligo Estate

 

17.

 

Best Prestigious Restaurant

 

Capitol Bar & Grill
QT Canberra

 

18.

 

Best Bar Presentation and Service

 

Hopscotch

 

19.

 

Best Meetings and Events Hotel (Accommodation Division)

 

Hyatt Hotel Canberra

 

20.

 

Best Meetings and Events Venue (General Division)

 

National Convention Centre

 

21.

 

Best New/Redeveloped Venue (Accommodation Division)

 

Avenue Hotel Canberra

 

22.

 

Best New/Redeveloped Venue (General Division)

 

Bentspoke Brewing Co.

 

23.

 

Best Marketed Hotel

 

Burbury Hotel

 

24.

 

Best Environmental Practice

 

Crowne Plaza Canberra

 

25.

 

 

Best Late Night Entertainment Venue

 

 

Knightsbridge Penthouse

 

 

26.

 

Best Live Entertainment Venue

 

Academy

 

27.

 

Best Sporting Entertainment Venue

 

The Dock

 

28.

 

Best TAB Licensed Venue

 

The Statesman Hotel

 

29.

 

Best Local

 

The George Harcourt Inn

 

30.

 

Best Pub Bistro

 

Hopscotch

 

31.

 

Best Tourism Initiative

 

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

 

32.

 

Best Suite/Apartment Hotel

 

East Hotel

 

33.

 

Best First Class Accommodation (3-4 Star)

 

Premier Hotel and Apartments

 

34.

 

Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 Star)

 

East Hotel

 

35.

 

Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star)

 

Hotel Hotel