Three Mornington Peninsula hotels have snared wins at the prestigious 2017 Australian Hotels Association (Vic) State Awards for Excellence, announced at a gala dinner on November 21 at The Palladium at Crown.
Somerville Hotel won Best Pub Bar – Regional; Kings Creek Hotel in Hastings took out Best Gaming Venue - with 50 machines or less – Regional; and Rye Hotel won Best Environmental Initiative.
Finalists and winners were honoured in front of 1200 guests and professionals from the hotel industry.
Our finalists included: Dale Payne from The Cheeky Squire (Frankston) – finalist for Chef of the Year; Narelle Lougoon from The Dava Hotel in Mount Martha – finalist for Excellence in Service; Steeples Mornington and Rosebud Hotel – finalists for Best Casual Dining – Regional; Kings Creek Hotel in Hastings – finalist for Best Family Dining; Kings Creek Hotel, Somerville Hotel and Steeples Mornington – finalists for Best PubTAB – Regional; Somerville Hotel – finalist for Best Gaming Venue - with 50 machines or less – Regional; Steeples Mornington - finalist for Best Gaming Venue - with 51 machines or more – Regional; the Dava Hotel– finalist for Best Redeveloped Hotel – Gaming; the Dava Hotel - finalist for Best Marketed Hotel; Rye Hotel – finalist for Heart Of The Community; Somerville Hotel – finalist for Best Pub Bar – Regional; Rye Hotel - finalist for Best Hotel Accommodation.
The AHA (Vic) State Awards for Excellence program was established in the late 1980s to recognise hotels and pubs in Victoria that demonstrate excellence across a range of categories.
The Overall Hotel of the Year (Metropolitan) was awarded to The Garden State Hotel while Kelly’s Motor Club Hotel in Cranbourne was awarded Overall Hotel of the Year (Regional).
In its second year, the People’s Choice Award was available to all 173 nominees. More than 2000 votes were received, with The Flying Horse Bar and Brewery in Warrnambool announced the winner.