The Kings Hotel has received nominations in two categories at this year’s Australian Hotels Association [AHA] NSW Awards for Excellence.
The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence is recognised as the most prestigious awards programme in the hospitality industry, and honour the achievement of excellence in NSW hotels across a variety of segments.
The Kings has been nominated in the categories of ‘Best Traditional Hotel Bar- Country’ and ‘Best Casual Dining Venue- Country Western.’
The venue previously won the latter award in 2013.
“As far as bars go, there’s not many traditional pubs left, and the Kings has managed to keep much of its original charm,” hotel manager Tim Fagan said.
“We touch base on every demographic in order to please everyone, and it seems to work.”
The casual dining venue award recognises the contribution of restaurants to the atmosphere of hotels.
As the owner and head chef of the Kings Table [the Kings’ restaurant], Stuart Peel says the venue’s appeal has a lot to do with consistency.
“We try to cater our menu for everyone, young and old,” Mr Peel said.
“We have a few cheaper meals and also dishes that we’re well known for such as our ‘surf and turf’ and seafood platter.”
The Kings Hotel has been owned by Brian and Kay Gibbons for 20 years.
Mr Peel has run the Kings Table restaurant for 10 years, while Mr Fagan has been manager four years.
The popular Bathurst venue has also built a reputation for getting behind the community through their continued support of sporting clubs.
“Our sponsorship covers many sports, from rugby league and rugby union to soccer, cricket and touch football,” Mr Fagan said.
“You’ve gotta give out to get a bit back, and the owners love seeing our brand out there.”
The Kings will face some local competition for the casual dining venue award, with Jack Duggans and the George Hotel also nominated.
The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence will occur at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on November 20.