Award-winning “fantastic work”

Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Cafe at Arthurs Point has been named the best of the best in New Zealand.

The Queenstown venue, owned by Malcolm and Meron Blakey, won the top prize at the 2022 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence, presented in Auckland on Wednesday evening.

The awards celebrate success, achievement and, especially in light of the difficult year the industry has just had, the resilience of the hospitality sector.

Cargo Gantley’s – formerly Gantley’s Restaurant – won the best new/revamped food and beverage category before taking home the top prize from the other category winners.

Hospitality NZ chief executive Julie White said Cargo Gantley’s victory was well deserved.

“They have done a fantastic job in another year of the most trying circumstances, as have all the other category winners and runners-up.

“For many businesses and operators, just being able to get in was a small miracle in itself after the difficult year they had.

“Competition was even fiercer than last year, which speaks to the resilience the industry has shown during the pandemic.

“It was almost like everyone was getting up again.”

Queenstown’s Future Hospitality was also recognized – it won Excellence in the People and Culture category, while one of its locations, Little Blackwood, was named Best Bar.

Owners James Ace and Bert Haines said they were “absolutely thrilled” with the accolades.

Mr Haines said they were particularly proud to have won the people and culture award “because it really is a complete team award”.

Cromwell’s Fusee Rouge Cafe won the Best Cafe category, while Fable Dunedin won the Best Hotel category.

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