By James Atkinson

Hunt Hospitality, the business group behind Newcastle's CBD Hotel and Hamilton's Kent Hotel, is punching above its weight with nominations for a combined nine awards at the upcoming AHA NSW Awards For Excellence.

The nominations follow major facelifts for both hotels and new menus to complement the updated interiors.

But owner Stephen Hunt this week told Smart Licensee that the accolades, together with a sales uplift at both venues, should be attributed firstly to the quality of his staff and the hard work they've put in.

“We’re very excited to have made it through to the finals and are particularly delighted to have become finalists in so many categories, especially the CBD Hotel being nominated for Overall Hotel Of The Year,” said Hunt.

“It’s also fantastic to be in such great company, sharing the nominations with venues like The Star and the Merivale Group in Sydney.”

The CBD Hotel is in the running for:

  • Best Family Friendly Hotel
  • Best New/Redeveloped Hotel – Country
  • Best Casual Dining Venue – Country (Northern)
  • Best Steak Venue
  • Industry Rising Star – Elle McNamara
  • Overall Hotel Of The Year – Country

The Kent Hotel received nominations for:

  • Best New/Redeveloped Hotel – Country
  • Best Casual Dining Venue – Country (Northern)
  • Chef Of The Year – Robert Wilkinson

More than 1200 business and industry leaders will fill the Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour on Monday, 24 November 2014 for the gala awards ceremony.

The Shout Team

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