Several winners at restaurant awards

Winner: Trent Barrett, of Circa 1876.

Winner: Trent Barrett, of Circa 1876.

Hunter Valley and Newcastle restaurants picked up several wins at the NSW Restaurant & Catering Association Awards held this month.

Among the winners:

NSW Regional Restaurant Awards

Best Asian Restaurant: Nagisa Japanese Restaurant, Newcastle;

Best Beer Cafe/Wine Bar: Honourable Mention – Grain Store, Newcastle;

Best Cafe Dining: Awaba House Restaurant & Cafe, Booragul;

Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Circa 1876, Pokolbin;

Best New Restaurant: Locavore Dining, The Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin;

Best Restaurant in a Pub/Club/Tavern: Skillion Brasserie, Breakers Country Club, Wamberal;

Best Restaurant in a Winery: Esca at Bimbadgen, Pokolbin;

Best Seafood Restaurant: Little Beach Boathouse, Nelson Bay;

Best Steak Restaurant: The Cottage, Scone;

NSW Regional Catering Awards

Best Function/Convention Centre Caterer: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale;

Best Restaurant Caterer: Honourable Mention – Circa 1876, Pokolbin;

Major Awards

Caterer of the Year – Regional NSW Winner – H & H Catering, Wyong;

Cafe of the Year – Regional NSW Winner – Awaba House, Booragul

Restaurant of the Year – Regional NSW Winner – Esca at Bimbadgen, Pokolbin.

The team at Circa 1876 was excited by their success (Regional Fine Dining Winner).

Circa 1876 executive chef Trent Barrett, whose sustainable dining philosophy fuels his menu through the restaurant’s kitchen garden, onsite bee hives, quails and chooks, praised his team: “No one can achieve excellence without the commitment and skills of a team, and I am blessed to work with so many talented chefs and wait staff here.

“While we appreciate that our guests expect to be wowed by our meal designs, our aim is always to nourish diners with ingredients of the freshest and highest quality.”