Tallies’ national win

Terrific team effort: Tall Timbers Tasmania staff (from left) Craig Jones, Nicole Moran, Aaron Mallinson, Brandon Kingston, John Dabner, Matthew Gillow, Jackie Grey, Carly Lovell, Sarah Tackley and Tameka Horton celebrate the national win for joint Best Sports Bar in the 2015 Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Accolade. Tall Timbers Tasmania has been announced joint winner in the Best Sports Bar category at the 2015 Australian Hospitality Awards for Excellence at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast.

This is the first time the business has won the prestigious national award in the Sports Bar category, having earned three previous national awards for accommodation in 1999, 2007 and 2009.

The award follows Tall Timbers’ recent accolades in the Tasmanian Hospitality Awards (THA) for Excellence last month for Best Marketed Establishment; Best Guided Tourism Experience; Best Sports Bar; and Regional Hotel of the Year.

In July, Tall Timbers also took out two awards in the Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Awards for Best Hotel/Motel Accommodation and Best Tour Operator.

According to general manager John Dabner, the latest win is a reflection of the commitment his team has to providing excellent customer service and a venue that appeals to both locals and visitors.

“It’s a great team effort and all staff should be proud of being considered the best in Australia,” he said.

There were five Tasmanian winners in the national awards ceremony held on Monday night, with THA general manager Steve Old congratulating the businesses for representing the state.

“For Tasmania to win five out of the categories tonight just goes to show how well the industry and operators are competing and the level of quality they provide,” Mr Old said.

“With Hospitality being the third largest employing industry in the state with over 10 per cent of the workforce, it is vitally important to our state that we have a strong and vibrant industry.”

In 2007, the Tall Timbers Public Bar undertook renovations and became ‘Miller’s Sports Bar’, as a legacy to the pioneering timber and sawmilling families of Circular Head.

With sport an integral part of the tight-knit community, the bar provides a venue to display and recognise local sporting achievements.

Tall Timbers has been a major sponsor of local sport including basketball, tennis, hockey and football teams, and is principal sponsor of the Tall Timbers North West Thunder basketball team in the national league.

As well as framed photographs of teams, legends and sporting attire adorning the walls of the bar, there are also seven large TV screens for displaying current sporting fixtures, U Bet self-serve betting machines, TAS-Keno facilities, eight-ball tables, a huge stone fireplace, comfortable couches, wine barrel tables, and bar stools made from local timber.

Millers Sports Bar is open seven days a week, offering a full range of beers, spirits and wines, and also provides an all-day dining menu.

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