Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe

Queenstown’s Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe has won the Supreme Award at the 2022 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

The awards were announced at a black-tie dinner event at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland on 27 July – the final night of the two-day 2022 New Zealand Hospitality Conference.

The awards celebrate the success, achievements and – especially in light of the tough year the industry has just experienced – the resilience of the hospitality and accommodation sector, where the best of the best are recognised.

Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe won the Best New/Redeveloped Food & Beverage category before being chosen for the top award from winners of the other categories.

There were a record 260 entries from more than 200 venues around New Zealand,

More than 20 venues entered the categories of Best Bar, Best Local, Best Destination Venue, Best Restaurant and more.

Hospitality NZ Chief Executive Julie White says Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe was a worthy winner from a top field of category winners.

“They did a fantastic job under another year of the most trying of circumstances, as did every other category winner and finalist,” she says.

“For many businesses and operators, just being able to enter was a small miracle in itself after the tough year they’ve had.

“The competition was fiercer even than last year, which is a testament to the resilience the industry has shown through the pandemic.”

The 2022 on-premise winners are:

Supreme Award
Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe, Queenstown

Best Bar
Little Blackwood, Queenstown

Best Brand Experience
Heyday Beer Co, Wellington

Best Local
The Elmwood Trading Company, Christchurch

Best New/Redeveloped Food & Beverage Business
Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe, Queenstown

Excellence in People & Culture
Future Hospitality Group, Queenstown

Hospitality Industry Leader of the Year
Jamie Freeman, Joylab

For the full list of winners, click here.

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