The Bayswater - (L) Paul Robins (G/M), Katie and Clay Clayton (new owners).
The Bayswater - (L) Paul Robins (G/M), Katie and Clay Clayton (new owners). Alistair Brightman

Bayswater up against best

HERVEY Bay's Bayswater Hotel has been praised for its dedication to fine dining, racking up two nominations for the Queensland Hotels Association highly-contested state awards.

The annual awards highlight the work of hotels and venues across Queensland who are leaders in the hospitality industry and provide their patrons with a high quality level of customer service.

The beachside restaurant will face off with some of the best restaurants and bars in the state for the hotly-contested Best Casual Dining Award and Best Bar Presentation and Service Award.

Bayswater Hotel general manager Andy Carlin said staff were excited about making the finals list for the state awards.

"There were a lot of great entries in these popular categories, so we are ecstatic that we managed to stand out from the rest," Mr Carlin said.

"The award process is very detailed, as there is a very detailed set of criteria requirements as well as a judging, which is always tough."

Judges from the QHA visited the picturesque location last week according to Bayswater event manager Corey Law, who said the judges had snuck into the venue unannounced.

"We didn't find out the judges lunch and site visit until afterwards, so we are a bit nervous," Mr Law said.

Mr Law said staff members from the hotel were heading down to Brisbane with owners Clay and Katie Clayton to attend the 2012 awards.

"Hopefully we will be bringing some state awards to the Fraser Coast," Mr Law said.

"There is nothing better than a regional business winning an award over the big city operators."



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