Northern eateries dominate awards

NORTHERN Tasmanian restaurants dominated the annual Tasmanian Hospitality Association awards last night.

Hobart's Wrest Point Hotel Casino played host to the event that saw Northern venues claim seven major award categories.

The evening was particularly special for Launceston publican Bruce Potter, who was awarded life membership of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.

Launceston developer Errol Stewart was also honoured for his contribution to the hospitality industry.

THA general manager Steve Old said the night was a great result for Launceston restaurants.

"Arguably there has never been a bigger focus on food tourism as there is now, and Launceston venues have shown they are the best in the state," he said.

"It's fantastic to see these restaurants battling it out for top honours, which means they are serving up the highest quality food and experiences to their guests."

Mr Old said the recognition of Mr Potter with THA life membership was significant for the industry.

"Bruce sold his home in Hobart to go into joint ownership of the Royal Oak in Launceston in the late '70s for what he thought would be a two-year exercise," Mr Old said.

"Thirty-eight years later and he is still there at the helm of one of Launceston's favourite pubs."

Northern winners:

● The Hospitality Minister's Award for Contribution to the Industry: Errol Stewart.

● Tasmanian Wine List of the Year (Judges' Choice): Stillwater River Café.

● Best Specialty Restaurant: Black Cow Bistro.

● Best Stand-alone Restaurant: Brisbane Street Bistro.

● Best Breakfast Venue: Stillwater River Café.

● Best Marketed Establishment: Cataract on Paterson.

● Outstanding Achievement in Training and Workforce Development: Country Club Tasmania.

● Employee of the Year: Rebecca McDonald (Cataract Bistro).

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