Rydges Hotel recognised in awards

Last updated 09:51 27/09/2012
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OLD-SCHOOL: Simon White, General Manager of Rydges Wellington.

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A Wellington Hotel has been named supreme champion at the Hospitality New Zealand awards.

Rydges Hotel Wellington was presented the overall award, as well as the best accommodation award, at a dinner held in the capital city last night.

There were another 15 establishments from throughout New Zealand placed as winners in categories like best bar, best café and best restaurant.

Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Bruce Robertson said while many businesses in the industry sector were finding it hard to continue trading profitably, many others were prospering.

"There was no one real region which dominated the results, and in fact several smaller towns throughout New Zealand can be particularly proud of what their local dining and drinking establishments achieved against stiff competition from the big cities," Mr Robertson said.

The judges noted many of the winning entries were reviving 'old-school' hospitality practices - blending the old and new to deliver an outstanding customer experience.

"Whether that's a night out for dinner, a Sunday morning brunch, a few beers with the boys, or as a corporate guest in an upmarket hotel," Mr Robertson said.

Entrants were judged over a six week period by a panel of independent industry professionals who assessed them on a range of commercial and operational criteria – including staff training and human resources, customer service, marketing and promotional activities, and the demonstration of business growth.

The winners for the 2012 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence are:

Supreme Award Winner

Rydges Wellington

Personality of the Year

Judith Tabron, Soul Bar and Bistro

Best New/Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant

The Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room, Gore, Southland

Best Country Hotel

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell, Bay of Islands

Excellence in Host Responsibility

Little Rock Bar and Nightclub, Nelson

Excellence in Training and Staff Development

Soul Bar and Bistro, Auckland

Best Restaurant

Soul Bar and Bistro, Auckland

Excellence in Gaming

Yardhouse, Hamilton

Best Accommodation Hotel

Rydges Wellington

Best Environmental, Sustainable and Ethical Practice

Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau, Southland

Best New/Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel

Tuakau Hotel, Tuakau, Counties

Excellence in Customer Service

Rydges Wellington

Best Café

The Batch, Invercargill

Best Bar

The Sprig and Fern Milton St, Nelson

Excellence in Marketing

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, Nelson

Best Music Entertainment Venue

Studio the Venue, Auckland

Best Beef Bar Meal

The Clare Inn, Auckland

Best Lamb Bar Meal

The Riverhead, North-West Auckland

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