Treendale Farm Hotel has been named Western Australia’s best regional hospitality venue and bagged three more awards at the 2021 AHA-Aon Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

Built last year, the 10,000sqm family-friendly LocalsCo-owned venue is located in  Australind, around 160 kilometres south of Perth.

In addition to the regional award, Treendale Farm Hotel received three state-wide wins: the New Venue Award, the Retail Bottleshop Award, and the Family Dining Award this week at the annual WA event held at Crown Towers Perth.

Another LocalsCo venue, the Exchange Hotel Kalgoorlie, was also recognised on the night for its pub dining offer, taking out the Best Casual Pub Dining Regional award.

LocalsCo co-owner Lawson Douglas said it had been a huge year for WA hospitality with lots of fantastic venues and operators doing great things.

“LocalsCo and all the venue teams are immensely proud to receive five prominent awards for two of our venues,” he said.

“Treendale Farm Hotel was a vision by the LocalsCo team, however, it’s the operations team within the venue who made it what it is and firmly cemented it as the locals’ pub for Australind.

“This was not a small effort in a year with the unprecedented challenges that Covid brought.”

Douglas also said Treendale Farm Hotel had been well received from day one. “With familiar faces in every day and every week, it really has become what it set out to be, and that’s the local pub for Australind and the surrounding suburbs that welcomes people of all ages.”

Two other big winners on the night were The Royal Hotel Perth which was named Perth’s Best Hospitality Venue, and ARK Group picked up the Group Venue Operator award.

The Cocktail Bar Award was won by Tiki as FK, the Restaurant Award was won by Tonic & Ginger (The Old Synagogue), the Small Bar Award was won by Caballitos, and The Wine List Award was won by The Shorehouse.

Perth Airport and Healthy Mind Menu received Service to Australia Awards for their contribution to the WA community during the pandemic.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the gala ball was largest gathering of hospitality professionals anywhere in Australia, underscoring the fortunate position WA has enjoyed for much of the past 12 months.

“WA’s hotel and hospitality industry has continued to face challenges associated with COVID-19, but there is no question that we are in a far better situation than most, which has allowed us to host Australia’s largest hospitality industry event two years in a row,” he said.

“Despite navigating several lockdowns, restrictions, border closures and the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, WA’s bars, pubs, hotels, taverns and restaurants have reached new levels of excellence in hospitality – these awards celebrate this determination and success.

“WA now boasts world-class hospitality venues, which is reflected in the quality of the winners and finalists of this year’s awards – Western Australians really are spoiled for choice across the state.”

Find the full list of winners here.

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