Coast picks up five gongs at AHA NSW Awards

Minister for the Central Coast David Harris (centre) with the team from Hotel Gosford at the awards

The Central Coast has come away with a swag of awards at the 2023 Australian Hotels Association NSW Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

The annual awards honour the achievement of excellence in NSW hotels across a variety of categories including accommodation, dining, entertainment, marketing, social media, community service and talented employees.

These awards are made in three categories – Experience, Property, Food – with various sub categories in each.

In the Experience awards, Drifters Wharf at Gosford was joint winner with the Tourist Hotel in Queanbeyan.

Hotel Gosford was named Best Regional Local and the Best Wagering Venue was The Lakes Hotel at The Entrance.

In the Property awards, winner of Best Regional Development was The Entrance Social Club at The Entrance.

In the Food awards, the Elanora Hotel at East Gosford was winner of the Best Steak section.

And Hotel Gosford picked up a second award for Best Regional Casual Dining.

“More and more the Central Coast is being recognised for its food offerings with talented locals expanding the culinary excellence on offer,” Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Wyong David Harris said.

“Local venues are investing in upgrades to facilities as well as attracting talented chefs and musicians to our region.

“This is great news for locals and visitors alike providing quality experiences as well as a significant boost to the local economy.”

Harris said Mexicoast Cantina also won Best Regional Restaurant at the recent Restaurant & Catering Australia Hostplus Awards.