And the AHA award winners for 2012 are…

johnboy 20 March 2012 7

The Australian Hotel Association (ACT Branch) had their big awards last night. While somehow are invitation got lost in the mail they have fought through their hangovers this morning to send through the media kit for the event.

And the winners are:

    — John Press Award – Sasha Trpovski, HonkyTonks & Hippo Bar
    — Member of the Year – Doma Hotels
    — Best Family Restaurant – Caph’s Café Bar
    — Best International Cuisine – Italian & Sons
    — Best Prestigous Restaurant – Sage Dining Rooms
    — Best Modern Australian Restaurant – Pistachio Dining at Torrens
    — Best Restaurant (Informal – Overall) – Italian & Sons
    — Best Pub Bistro – The George Harcourt Inn
    — Best Wine List – The George Harcourt Inn
    — Best Bar Presentation & Service – Public (Highly Commended – HonkyTonks)
    — Best Cocktail Bar – Kremlin Bar
    — Best Local – Edgars Inn
    — Best New/Re-developed Venue (General Division) – Public (Highly Commended – HonkyTonks)
    — Best Late Night Entertainment Venue – Academy Nightclub
    — Best Live Entertainment Venue – Transit Bar
    — Best Sporting Entertainment Area – Sub-Urban
    — Best Deluxe Accommodation – Hotel Realm
    — Best Superior Accommodation – Diamant Hotel Canberra
    — Best First Class Accommodation – Quality Hotel Dickson
    — Best Mid-Range Accommodation – Statesman Hotel Motel
    — Best Suite/Apartment Hotel – Clifton Suites on Northbourne
    — Best Hotel Restaurant – Bicicletta, Diamant Hotel Canberra
    — Best Marketed Hotel – Hyatt Hotel Canberra
    — Best Meetings & Events Hotel – Hotel Realm Canberra
    — Best New/Re-developed Venue (Accommodation Division) – Burbury Hotel
    — Best Environmental Practice – Rydges Eagle Hawke Resort
    — Best Front of House Employee – Erika Jurd, all seasons Canberra
    — Best Restaurant Service Employee – Dexter Mathais, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
    — Best Restaurant Cookery Employee – Clement Chauvin, Sage Dining Rooms
    — Best Apprentice Chef – Jemma Patat, Pistachio Dining at Torrens
    — Best Bar Service Employee – Richard ‘Dick’ Blanchard, Mint Garden Bar

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7 Responses to And the AHA award winners for 2012 are…
dpm dpm 6:20 pm 20 Mar 12

geetee said :

Gobsmacked that the Statto (Statesman’s Hotel) even entered..

Yes, considering hotel accom categories were ‘Delux’, ‘Superior’, ‘First class’ and ‘Mid-range’ (with the Statesmen winning Mid-range) I wondered what were the three categories below them – and what places one those! I’m guessing a suite in AMC would be somewhere near the bottom? Though, it’s quite similar to the Mid-range Statesman for quality! Hahahaha!

In actuality, i’m guessing their defn of ‘Mid-range’ really means ‘Worst’, much like ‘Regular’ fries are really ‘Small’! 🙂

geetee geetee 4:53 pm 20 Mar 12

Gobsmacked that the Statto (Statesman’s Hotel) even entered..

I wouldn’t mind a few extra categories:

– Best BYO/Cakeage charges
– Most out-of-date wine list
– Best Value Happy Hour
– Highest Wine Mark-up
– Most Run-down venue
– Most Robbed Club (Weston Club the favourite)
– Slackest Bar-staff
– Worst Toilets

Erg0 Erg0 4:25 pm 20 Mar 12

+1 for Pistachio, I ate there a couple of months ago on a friend’s recommendation and found it very good.

smiling politely smiling politely 3:26 pm 20 Mar 12

I’ve been to Pistachio Dining a couple of times now and can only speak well of them. I recall also that they got a fairly favourable review in the Canberra Times’ Wednesday supplement a few months back and that this is by no means their first award. Congrats to the team there, particularly Jemma for winning the Apprentice Chef award.

XO_VSOP XO_VSOP 2:14 pm 20 Mar 12

Some of these award winners are ridiculous choices best wine list harcourt inn ! They have been rigged for years, those in favor with aha always win. Some are deserving sage kremlin transit however pistachio in torrens please a local favourite of the judging panel or fanner.

    johnboy johnboy 2:28 pm 20 Mar 12

    The harcourt beating mezzalira was certainly an eyebrow raiser.

johnboy johnboy 2:07 pm 20 Mar 12

That’s a pretty solid and hard to argue with list.

Pistachio in Torrens looks like something to check out.

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