BIG WINNERS AT AHA|SA AWARDS

In Awards by Clyde Mooney

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South Australia’s best were on show last night at the AHA|SA Awards for Excellence event, with 750 guests dressed to the nines at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Scores of nominated venues competed for 34 Awards, paying homage to the pillars of hospitality business across bar, food, entertainment and accommodation. (full list below)

The night’s stand-out performer was the Crafers Hotel in the Adelaide Hills, taking five gongs including top honour Best Overall Hotel.

Crafers Hotel – winner Best Superior Hotel Accommodation

The pub is the pride of Julie and Ed Peter, who purchased it in 2014 with shareholders Brett Matthews and Jodi Brumby and a vision to create a truly unique culinary and vinous destination, resurrecting it into a landmark pub and guest house at the doorstep to wine country.

The Peter family also own and operate the Stanley Bridge Hotel and Uraidla Hotel, the latter also winning, the prize for Best Bar Presentation and Service – Metropolitan.

Julie Peter attributes the successes to diligence in planning the refurbishment, their partnership with the Matthews and Brumbys, and the work by their architect Carlo Palozzo and builder Advanced Building Concepts.

And the staff, without whom she says “it would just be a nice building.”

“Our staff are like family both to us and to themselves, and we feel blessed that they are so dedicated to their job and to us as owners,” Julie told PubTIC.

“Our fabulous patrons, many of whom are loyal locals, and who have stood by us and endured loud banging, sawing, fine layers of dust accompanying their meals, and a constant stream of tradies filing past.

“Australian hotels are an iconic and historical symbol of community, and we are merely guardians for the next generation. If we have created an environment where people are happy and feel at home, then we have succeeded.”

All AHA|SA Awards winners will go on to be judged in the National AHA Awards, on the Gold Coast 17 September.

“Congratulations to all the winners in the 2018 Hotel Awards for Excellence,” says AHA|SA General Manager, Ian Horne.

“South Australian hotels continue to innovate and produce top-quality venues right across the state, something that hoteliers and their staff should be proud of.

“The flow-on effects of these successful hospitality business will be felt by their local communities and beyond, through the people they employ, the local businesses and suppliers they use, and the local community groups that they support.”

Crafers Hotel

 

COMPLETE LIST OF 2018 WINNERS

DRAUGHT BEER QUALITY – METROPOLITAN

Cathedral Hotel, North Adelaide

DRAUGHT BEER QUALITY – COUNTRY

Vine Inn, Barossa

MID-RANGE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Largs Pier Hotel

SUPERIOR HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Crafers Hotel

DELUXE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

The Playford

BISTRO CASUAL DINING – COUNTRY

Sevenhill Hotel

BISTRO CASUAL DINING – METROPOLITAN

Crafers Hotel (joint winner)

Port Admiral Hotel, Port Adelaide (joint winner)

The Barker – Judges Commendation

HEALTHY MENU CHOICES FOR KIDS

Beach Hotel Seaford

RESTAURANT – ACCOMMODATION DIVISION

Mount Lofty House

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – Judges Commendation

RESTAURANT – GENERAL DIVISION METROPOLITAN

Apothecary 1878

Electra House – Judges Commendation

BAR PRESENTATION & EXPERIENCE – COUNTRY

Sporties Tavern, Port Pirie

BAR PRESENTATION & EXPERIENCE – METROPOLITAN

Exchange Hotel Gawler (joint winner)

Uraidla Hotel (joint winner)

OUTDOOR OR NON-ENCLOSED FACILITY

Feathers Hotel

Warradale Hotel – Judges Commendation

LIVE MUSIC VENUE

The Gov

ENTERTAINMENT VENUE

The Hindley

SPORTING ENTERTAINMENT VENUE

Warradale Hotel

COMMUNITY SERVICE & SUPPORT

Vine Inn Barossa

MARKETING & PROMOTION – GENERAL DIVISION

Moseley Bar and Kitchen

TOURISM & REGIONAL PROMOTION

Port Lincoln Hotel

ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY EFFICIENCY PRACTICE

Electra House

GAMING VENUE – COUNTRY

Hotel Crown, Victor Harbor

GAMING VENUE – METROPOLITAN

Lakes Resort Hotel

The Barker Hotel – Judges Commendation

MEETING & EVENTS VENUE – SPECIALIST & ACCOMMODATION DIVISIONS

National Wine Centre

MEETING & EVENTS VENUE – GENERAL DIVISION

Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

RETAIL OUTLET – ATTACHED

Arkaba Hotel

RETAIL OUTLET – STAND ALONE

East End Cellars

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD – BEST CBD HOTEL LUNCH

The Elephant British Pub

SMALL VENUE

Pink Moon Saloon

REDEVELOPED HOTEL – COUNTRY

Sporties Tavern, Port Pirie

REDEVELOPED HOTEL – METROPOLITAN

Crafers Hotel (joint winner)

Morphett Arms Hotel (joint winner)

STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING – GENERAL DIVISION

Warradale Hotel

APPRENTICE DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

The Crafers Hotel

HOTEL INDUSTRY RISING STAR

Ayesha Ridgway – Hackney Hotel

BEST OVERALL HOTEL

The Crafers Hotel