The best of Northland’s hospitality has been recognised via a virtual ceremony on September 14, celebrating the Restaurant Association of New Zealand’s inaugural awards for the region.
The awards recognised outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom are making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene.
The Restaurant Association of New Zealand said it was proud to organise and foster these awards, with the main purpose being to unite, grow and promote the Northland hospitality industry.
Known for its rustic pizzas, Hone’s Garden located at 10 York Street in Russell has taken out two of the top accolades winning Gilmours Supreme Award, and the Whangārei District Love It Here! Outstanding Local Establishment award, proving just how popular it is.
Northland Sales and Operations Manger for Gilmours, Leah Greenall told Hospitality Business she believed that the Northland hospitality industry is changing all the time.
“Everywhere you go in Northland there is a beautiful place to eat, drink and look at the scenery, it just brings people back here time and time again.
“And with no overseas travel this year, I believe we are going to have a very busy summer in Northland and more New Zealanders will truly get to see what our region has to offer. I am super excited that these awards are showcasing the amazing talents of all the establishments that work so hard in bringing the community back together.”
The Cove Cafe took out the People’s Choice award. The recipient of this award is selected by the local dining public.
Owned by former UK lawyer Lloyd Rooney and Kiwi farmer Mike Fraser, Cove Café has a gate to plate philosophy serving beef and lamb straight from their farm, making it a hot spot on the coast for tourists and locals alike.
Outstanding Bar of the Year went to The Tipsy Oyster in Paihia. A tapas bar and restaurant combined, it offers fresh local tapas and fusion tapas to locals and tourists alike.
There was recognition for those working in the industry too with Outstanding Front of House Team going to the Quay in Whangarei and Marcus Berndt of Terra Restaurant picking up the award for outstanding chef.
Sage Restaurant, Paroa Bay Winery was recognised as the Outstanding Restaurant of the Year.
Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says “It’s been a very tough year for our industry which makes it all the more important to recognise our successes.
“With a growing population that swells in the summer months, the region’s hospitality establishments play an important role in entertaining and hosting guests.
“As an industry it’s so important that we take time out to celebrate our success and acknowledge our achievements. We believe it’s important to shine a light on our industry and make sure we are recognised for the contribution we make to our community and economy.
With all categories keenly contested, this year’s winners truly exemplify what it means to be at the top of their respective categories.”
The winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday 14th September 2020 and each winner will receive a trophy from the Association. For a full list of the award winners visit: https://hospitalityawards.co.nz/northland