The nation’s best bottle shop has been crowned at the 2019 Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence.
Nearly 500 VIP and industry guests from across Australia were at The Star on the Gold Coast this week for the gala ceremony.
And the Best Retail Liquor Outlet trophy went to Beach House Hotel, in Hervey Bay, Queensland.
The hotel noted: “A great night had by all at the Australian Hotels Association Awards. A huge thank you to our loyal customers and wonderful staff for supporting us to over the past five years.”
Beach House Hotel also won Best Bar Presentation & Service – Regional at the Awards.
The pub underwent a major $6 million refurbishment in 2013 and also won Best Bar, Best Draught Beer and Best On Premise Liquor Outlet at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence last year.
Its Bottle O liquor barn and drive thru bottle shop is open from 9am – 10pm daily and offers a huge range of wines, local and international beers and spirits.
The Bottle O’s customer reviews echo the best bottle shop accolade, describe it as having a “massive selection and helpful staff”, an “awesome atmosphere” and “best customer service ever!”
The view is pretty stunning too. Situated on the Esplanade in Scarness, Beach House Hotel overlooks the pristine waters of Hervey bay, Scarness Park and Pier.
Best of the rest
Sydney’s Barangaroo House was named Overall Hotel of the Year (Metropolitan), while Tasmania’s Shoreline Hotel took the Overall Hotel of the Year (Regional) title.
Crown Towers Perth won Overall Hotel of the Year (Accommodation Division).
AHA NSW and National President Scott Leach said the venues and their hardworking staff showcased the best of Australian tourism and hospitality to the world.
“Our national awards annually draw together the best venues of the year from right across Australia,” he said.
“Together, our finalists show that when you’re at your local there’s no
better place to be in Australia.
“We are here today to celebrate the outstanding individuals who drive our hotel businesses and make them the engine room of the Australian hospitality and tourism industries. I want to congratulate all finalists and winners on a job well done.”
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Tasmania’s Shoreline Hotel took the Overall Hotel of the Year Regional title at the awards and also won Best Regional Bistro, while Best Metropolitan Bistro went to The Oaks in NSW.
The hard-fought Chef of the Year title went to Christopher Bonello, MPD Steak Kitchen, Zagame’s Berwick Hotel (Victoria).
Zagame’s also won the Best Family Dining award for its Boronia Club Hotel in Victoria.