2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

excellence in hospitality - award edition

Mercato of daylesford


The menu created by Owner and Executive Chef Richard Mee revolves around seasonal and local produce. Composed of beautifully presented dishes with delicious and layered flavours complementing each element, the food is of a very high quality. Skillfully cooked, each dish holds its own place on the menu. Mercato at Daylesford is a high quality restaurant that, given the all round quality of foods, wines, service and atmosphere, offers good value for money. Lovers of great foods and wines should definitely visit Mercato.  
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2015 Geelong


45 Portreath Road, Bellbrae
(03) 5266 2100 

"Just twenty minutes from Geelong — nestled behind a grove of eucalyptus trees —  lies Bellbrae Harvest, one of region’s premier dining destination. "Clever", "creative" and "capable" best describe proprietor and Chef David Veal’s culinary endeavours. "
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2015 Bendigo & Central Victoria

Brougham Arms

150 Williams Street, Bendigo
(03) 5442 3555

"They say you can't be all things to all people, but the Broughie manages to do just that and skilfully walks the line, offering traditional pub fare to satisfy the faithful as well as innovative cuisine to satisfy discerning foodies on the hunt for their next thrill. ."
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2015 Ballarat and Daylesford

Mercato at Daylesford

32 Raglan Street, Daylesford
(03) 5348 4488

"Meticulous attention to detail means that Mercato in Raglan Street, Daylesford is a lovely restaurant to visit. Fresh flowers, crisp linen and an open fire compliment the features of the room. Fine crockery and glassware give add a touch of indulgence, and the subtle lighting helps create warmth and a sense of intimacy. "
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Researched dining guide

This site provides a thoroughly researched guide to best restaurants, best hotels and best cafes within a one day’s outing from Melbourne. 

The Golden Plate Award regions cover Ballarat, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Central Victoria, Colac, Daylesford, Geelong, Hepburn Springs, Lorne, Pyrenees, Queenscliff, Surfcoast and the Bellarine. 

Each year the best eateries in these regions are judged by independent hospitality experts for excellence in: 
>      use of local foods and drinks 
>      food and drink quality 
>      customer service 
>      value for money 
>      atmosphere 
>      innovation 
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Meticulous scoring process

The meticulous scoring process covers 35 factors judged in multiple visits at different times of the day over several months, and the scoring is independently audited.   

Awards are granted in six venue categories:   
>      Restaurants - Contemporary Dining  
>      Restaurants - Relaxed Dining  
>      Restaurants - Casual Dining  
>      Hotel Dining 
>      Licensed Cafes 
>      Unlicensed Cafes 

Special Awards are granted for: 
>      Best Barista 
>      Best Chef 
>      Best Coffee 
>      Best Customer Service 
>      Best Front of House Person 
>      Best Value for Money 
>      Most Innovative Venue 
>      Peoples’ Choice
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Three award territories

The three Award Territories Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong are judged separately, and the best feature in the Golden Plate State Awards.

Any venue can take part if nominated by the public. Reports are issued to assist continuous improvement and highlights are included in this website with maps, contact details and other useful information.   

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 2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

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