Tavern up for prestigious awards
THE Yamba Shores Tavern has been selected as a finalist in four categories of the 2011 AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence, including the prestigious Overall Country Hotel of the Year section.
The tavern's $5 million renovation, completed in December, has made it a finalist in the Best New/Redeveloped Hotel - Country category and its restaurant, which was redeveloped earlier this year, is a finalist in the Best Restaurant - Country category.
Yamba Shores' impressive outdoor area is a finalist in the Best Outdoor/Non-Enclosed Facility category.
Three years of planning and nine months' construction time went into transforming the tavern.
Tavern owner Matt Muir told The Examiner on the day of the renovation's opening last December that the philosophy behind the renovation was to harness the establishment's unique riverside location, while delivering a premium venue that catered for all ages and budgets.
With a state-of-the-art sound, lighting and entertainment system, a deck triple its previous size, a magnificent covered upper lounge deck, new main bar, entertainment area, bistro, TAB and gaming room, Mr Muir had every reason to be happy with the outcome.
There's also a spectacular new landscaped entrance and children's playground.
The AHA Awards will be held on November 28.