Tough economic times have made the battle to be the state’s best pub for a cheap, tasty meal a stand-out contest of the 2023 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.
The Cheap Eat Meal Under $15 category had more than 50 entrants this year – more than ever before – and judges had a tough time narrowing it down to just nine finalists.
Those finalists include; Carousel Inn -Rooty Hill, Clarendon Tavern -Clarendon, Curly Lewis Brewing Co – Bondi, Fernhill Tavern – Port Macquarie, Great Northern Hotel -Teralba, Huntlee Tavern – Branxton, Tahmoor Inn – Tahmoor and The Bradford Hotel and The Rutherford Hotel (both in Rutherford).
AHA CEO John Whelan said the huge interest in the category is a sign hotels are responding to the needs of patrons struggling with cost of living pressures.
“You can’t get a lot for $15 these days – and it’s fantastic that over 50 pubs nominated their quality ‘Cheap eats’ meals for the AHA NSW Award.” said Mr Whelan
“The best meals under $15 have been selected for the finals and the judges will have a tough job.”
“Today every dollar counts and NSW pubs are working hard to produce restaurant quality meals for those on a tight budget.”
Culinary judges for the Awards are touring the state, blind tasting meals under $15 and judging the winners on a long list of criteria. The winner will be named at a gala ceremony on Tuesday, 31 October 2023 at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
A full list of finalists for this year’s AHA NSW Awards for Excellence can be found at www.ahaawardsnsw.com.au
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