The New Royal Hotel at Rubyvale in the heart of the Queensland Sapphire Gemfields has been named “Best Bush Pub 2016″ in the Queensland Hotel Association Awards for the third year in a row.
Wendy & Bruce McFarlane, Chef Rajan Shrestha and his wife Nani
The 2016 winners were announced at the QHA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner & Presentation evening at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Over a thousand industry members attended the event, which saw winners celebrated across a range of categories.
The annual QHA Awards for Excellence program is designed to provide a forum for the public recognition of excellence in individual and group achievement by Queensland hotels. In doing so, the program encourages the pursuit of higher standards of service, presentation and trade practices within our industry.
Hosts, Channel 7’s Pat Welsh and radio personality Donna Lynch, presented a total of 43 awards to the state’s best venues in a range of categories: Employee, Liquor and Bar Development, Gaming, Accommodation, Dining, and Environment and Community. Plus, the highly coveted awards for Best Overall Hotel and Hotelier of the Year were announced.
Hotels large and small from all over Queensland participated in the 2016 awards program, which this year saw a record number of nominations.
The New Royal Hotel, Rubyvale took out the State-wide “Best Bush Pub” category. Finalists in the Best Bush Pub included: North Queensland’s Halifax Hotel, Rudd’s Pub at Nobby, Avondale Homestead Tavern, and the Walkabout Hotel at McKinley.
“Bruce and I love our little Pub in the Bush and we believe that our success is down to our hard working staff lead by our Bar Manager Julie Nicol, the fantastic food cooked up by our chef Rajan Shrestha and his skilful team in the kitchen and the terrific community support of the people of the Gemfields. This award recognizes not only the New Royal Hotel but the little village in the Gemfields of Rubyvale, the wider Sapphire Gemfields of Central Queensland and recognises out place in Queensland’s great tourism industry” said joint owner/proprietor Wendy McFarlane.