Chatto Creek Tavern has been selected alongside upmarket bars and five-star hotels as a finalist at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.
The tavern, along with two others in the North Island has been named in the Best Country Hotel category.
Owner Lesley Middlemass said the she felt privileged to have been named as a finalist and was delighted for the Chatto Creek community to be acknowledged.
''What makes a good country hotel is the community. You wouldn't have a good country pub without awesome people,'' Mrs Middlemass said.
She also credits her staff for the selection.
''It didn't happen on its own. I've got exceptional staff that work here,'' she said.
It was the first time the tavern was entered in the awards.
Mrs Middlemass bought the tavern 14 years ago after moving to the area from Southland.
''For me it provides a good lifestyle and good company. I'd be one of the few pubs that's not for sale. I have no intentions of shifting,'' she said.
The tavern, which is more than 125 years old, is a hot spot for Otago Central Rail Trail users.
Winners of the 16 sections at the awards will be announced at the organisation's national conference, held in Queenstown on September 25 and 26.
- The Mirror