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Recognising Excellence and Innovation

A short list of the state’s best pubs and hospitality operators has been released ahead of this year’s prestigious 2023 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence, and local ‘hub’ Huntlee Tavern is front and centre with an impressive 13 finalist spots across a range of categories, including for the hotly contested Regional Hotel of the Year award.


The list includes 529 finalists across a record-breaking 46 categories, with this year's awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, 31 October, at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

“These accolades represent our unwavering commitment to providing our valued patrons with exceptional experiences and topnotch hospitality,” said Jason Gavin, Director of Australian Hotel & Event Management Group, who own both Huntlee Tavern and The Bellbird Hotel at Bellbird.

In addition to the prestigious Regional award, Huntlee Tavern has also been named a finalist in categories that include Regional Chef of the Year (Natalie Samaras), Best Family Friendly, Best Live Music Venue, Best Regional Local, Best Sporting Entertainment Venue, Best Wagering Venue, Best Draft Beer Quality, Best Wine List, Best Steak Sandwich, Best Burger, Best Cheap Eat and Group Operator of the Year (Jason Gavin, Australian Hotel & Event Management Group).

We’re hoping this will be a night where our local Huntlee Tavern will shine, and we wish them the very best of luck.


• Halloween Party: Get your costumes ready for the spooktacular Halloween Party on 20 October and enjoy a night of eerie fun with Colin Hennerz.

• Huntlee Rocks the Hunter: Join the crew on 4 November for an electrifying evening of live music and entertainment that will rock the Hunter Valley. A night you won't want to miss!

• Melbourne Cup Luncheon: Experience the glamour and excitement of the Melbourne Cup on 7 November with a sumptuous luncheon, fashion, and the race that stops the nation.

• Bonka Back @ Huntlee: Don't miss the explosive performance by Bonka on 20 November. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable night of music and dancing.

Visit for tickets and more detailed information about these events, including pricing, timings, and special promotions. Join us for exceptional experiences and unforgettable moments!

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