2014 Golden Plate Awards

excellence in hospitality - award edition

2014 Winners

The Argus Dining Room

The Argus Dining Room is a handsome and beautifully appointed restaurant with a lovely ambiance, and another good reason to visit Hepburn Springs and stay an extra night or two. This restaurant adds an important layer to the richness of dining in the Ballarat Region.
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2014 Geelong
/Otway

Bellbrae
Harvest

45 Portreath Road, Bellbrae
(03) 5266 2100 

"Bellbrae Harvest offers a great opportunity to sample the produce of the Geelong-Otway region. The restaurant is lovely in the daytime, offering a beautiful rural outlook, and In the evening it is warm and friendly, and there is a relaxed atmosphere combined with a high level of customer service. "
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2014 Bendigo & Central Victoria

The Woodhouse Restaurant

101 Williams Street, Bendigo
(03) 5443 8671

"At the Woodhouse in Bendigo, chargrill and woodfired pizza" and great meat dishes are only part of the story at this attractive and welcoming restaurant. There's a welcoming soft touch to the professional customer service, and the menu offers a wide range of choices from a pizza and glass of wine as a lunchtime special, or housemade pasta with braised beef cheek, or one of the generous salads, or many delicious teaks."
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2014 Ballarat and Daylesford

The Argus 
Dining Room

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
(03) 5348 4199

"Whoever said that Fine Dining is a thing of the past has never been to The Argus Dining Room at Peppers in Hepburn Springs. This is a dining experience like no other and Regional Victoria is now the home to one of the most inspired food offers in the state."
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 The 2014 People’s Choice Award entry prize of a trip to Bali with Garuda Indonesia Airlines
 was won by: Camila Savage of Bendigo Victoria.

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about the Golden Plate Awards website 

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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