In Awards by Clyde Mooney

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The De Bortoli Pub of the Year has been announced for 2018, with Richmond’s National Hotel – aka The Nash – taking the honours.

3AW’s hospitality critic Tony Leonard reviewed The Nash in June, and on Friday announced it had tipped out the other three finalists to take the prize and commemorative plaque for this year.

Close runners-up were the Commercial Club, Fitzroy, which Leonard says offers an ‘old-school atmosphere’, the Kent Hotel in Carlton, serving ‘high-end’ cuisine, and the Park Hotel Abbottsford, with its amazing family- and dog-friendly outdoor area.

Leonard praised The Nash for its whole-of-business approach to food, beverage, hospitality and community. It is run by Ross Kennett, son of former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett.

The acclaimed restaurant reportedly likes to do things “a little different” presenting pub classics with an Asian spin, largely dishes to share, such as lamb shoulder, Asian pork ribs and whole flounder.

The pub’s eco-friendly integration was also noted, bringing recycled steel and timber into the design and a genuine focus on sustainability throughout the operation.

The Pub of the Year award is the annual culmination of weekly reviews by 3AW’s Leonard. Family-owned Australian wine brand De Bortoli has sponsored the award for 27 years and says to them the connection is undeniable. 

“It aligns perfectly with the De Bortoli family’s belief that good wine and good food shared with good friends and family should be part of everyday life.

“It’s a great opportunity to recognise pubs that offer the wine, beer, food and ambience that match this, while helping to raise our profile in the pub scene.”

The De Bortoli 3AW Pub of the Year Honour Role

2018       National Hotel, Richmond

2017      North Melbourne Hotel, North Melbourne

Centra, Geelong

2016   Fitzroy Town Hall, Fitzroy

2015   Tinamba, Tinamba

2014   Plough, Trentham

2013   Royal, Clifton Hill

2012   Wayside Inn, Sth Melbourne

2011    Lincoln Hotel, Carlton

2010    Terminus Hotel, Clifton Hill

2009    Grand Hotel, Richmond

2008    Station/Carringbush, Footscray/Abbotsford

2007    Bouzy Rouge, Richmond

2006    The Albion, Port Melbourne

2005    Metropolitan/Brandon Hotel, Nth Melbourne/Carlton

2004    The Beach Hotel, Albert Park

2003    Court House Hotel, North Melbourne

2002    London Tavern, Richmond

2001    Doyle’s/Vine, Mentone/Abbotsford

2000   Royal Park, North Melbourne

1999    Emerald, Sth Melbourne

1998    Clare Castle/O’Connells, Carlton/Sth Melbourne

1997    Spencer, West Melbourne

1996    All Nations, Richmond