In Awards by Clyde Mooney

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The AHA SA held its Awards for Excellence this week, with plenty of cream rising to the top and the Lion again leader of the pack.

Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre hosted the Awards on Tuesday night, with the best of the State’s hospitality industry represented and acknowledged.

Nominees competed across 32 categories, with the winners going on to be considered at the AHA National awards in September, on the Gold Coast.

There were many stand-out performances, such as ALH’s reinvention of the heritage-listed Gepps Cross into the Coopers Ale House and the Beach Hotel Seaford’s amazing Kids menu. Also RD Jones Group’s work at The Moseley, awarded Best Marketing & Promotion for its dedication to social media, PR and events to promote the venue and its offerings.

The Hurley Group naturally brought its A-game, picking up three awards and two commendations, for Best Entertainment Venue at the Alma Hotel, Best Bar Presentation & Experience – Country at the Port Lincoln Hotel, and Best Mid-Range Accommodation at the Tonsley Hotel.

“We are excited to win the awards,” principal Jenny Hurley told PubTIC. “We put a lot of effort into upgrading our facilities, and providing good service and entertainment, and quality local produce.”

But the king of the night was North Adelaide’s Lion Hotel – picking up three awards, including Best Overall Hotel for the third time.

Its award for Best Restaurant was said to be due to its “local produce, constant innovation and exceptional service … showcasing the very best of what Adelaide has to offer”.

Furthering its accolades for Best Function Operation/Facility, the judges praised the Hotel’s innovative dining experience, busy bar and fantastic outdoor spaces: “the Lion covers what a good pub should be”.

A beacon of consistency, the Hotel also won the Best Overall award in 2009 and 2013.

“Congratulations to Tim Gregg and Andrew Svencis, and their team at The Lion for their very well-deserved win,” beamed AHA SA CEO Ian Horne.

“South Australian hotels provide patrons with a great range of food and beverage, entertainment, quality accommodation and excellent service.

“There is no doubt that South Australian hoteliers and their staff should be proud of the services and facilities they offer.”


2017 Awards and Winners

Best Draught Beer Quality Award – Metropolitan

Joint winners: The Barker, Cathedral Hotel

Best Draught Beer Quality Award – Country

Winner: Mount Gambier Hotel

Mid-Range Accommodation

Winner: Tonsley Hotel

Apartment/Suite Accommodation

Joint winners: Crafers Hotel, Superior Hotel Accommodation, Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Judges Commendation: Clare Country Club

Deluxe Hotel Accommodation

Winner: The Playford Mgallery by Sofitel

Bistro /Casual Dining – Country

Winner: Sevenhill Hotel

Bistro /Casual Dining – Metropolitan

Joint winners: Crafers Hotel, Warradale Hotel

Judges Commendation: Oxford Hotel, North Adelaide

Restaurant – Accommodation Division

Winner: Mount Lofty House – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant

Restaurant – General Division

Winner: Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

South Australian Premier’s Commendation for ‘Healthy Meal Choices for Children’

Winner: Beach Hotel, Seaford

Bar Presentation & Experience – Country

Winner: Port Lincoln Hotel

Bar Presentation & Experience – Metropolitan

Joint winners: Cathedral Hotel, Uraidla Hotel

Judges Commendation: Exchange Hotel, Gawler

Outdoor or Non-Enclosed Facility

Winner: Feathers Hotel

Live Music Venue

Winner: Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Judges Commendation: Arkaba Hotel

Entertainment Venue

Winner: Alma Tavern, Norwood

Sporting Entertainment Venue

Winner: Warradale Hotel

Community Service & Support

Winner: Renmark Hotel

Marketing & Promotion – General Division

Winner: Moseley Bar & Kitchen

Tourism & Regional Promotion

Winner: National Wine Centre

Judges Commendation: Innamincka Hotel

Environmental Practice & Energy Efficiency

Winner: Ibis Adelaide

Gaming Venue – Country

Winner: Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel

Gaming Venue – Metropolitan

Winner: Maylands Hotel

Function Operation/Facility – Specialist & Accommodation Division

Winner: Adelaide Oval SMA

Function Operation/Facility – General Division

Winner: Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Retail Outlet – Stand Alone

Winner: East End Cellars

Retail Outlet – Attached

Winner: The Pickled Duck

Judges Commendation: Pretoria Hotel, Mannum

Small Venue

Winner: Pink Moon Saloon

Redeveloped Hotel – Metropolitan

Winner: Coopers Alehouse, Gepps Cross

Staff Development & Training

Winner: National Wine Centre

Apprentice Development & Training

Winner: Hilton Adelaide

Hotel Industry Rising Star Award

Winner: Josh Gorman – Hilton Adelaide

Best Overall Hotel

Winner: Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Lion Hotel Adelaide