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QUIRINDI ADVOCATE
Graze does it again

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Adding to an already impressive list of hospitality awards, the Willow Tree Inn has been acknowledged for its excellence at the Australian Hoteliers Association NSW Awards, for the third consecutive year.

Graze at the Willow Tree Inn again won the gong for the coveted Best Restaurant - Country award. Other entries in the category were from Largs, Newcastle, Bathurst, Perisher Valley, Rutherford, Erina and Port Maquarie.

The Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry. The awards honour the achievement of excellence in NSW hotels across a variety of segments including food, beverage hospitality and service, best service and best product.

Owners of the Inn Charles and Cheryl Hanna were delighted with the win, crediting the tireless and dedicated efforts of all the staff at the Inn and the ongoing support from local and visiting patrons with the Inn's success.

"It's wonderful to again be acknowledged by the Australian Hoteliers Association NSW, there were more entries this year and the competition was of a higher standard than former years. So to take the award is a huge credit to all the exceptional and dedicated staff, all our loyal customers and everyone involved in the ongoing success of the Inn. It's a terrific way to start the Festive season and we wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas," said an elated Charles.

 
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QUIRINDI ADVOCATE
As good as it gets

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Tim Muschamp, Hotel Manager, Jamie Rose, Graze Head Office and Charles Hanna, owner of the Willow Tree Inn at the Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence where the Willow Tree Inn was announced as the ‘Best Country Restaurant’ in NSW. Photo courtesy of Australian Hotels Association NSW


IT'S the best country pub in the state with arguably the best steak to boot.

The Willow Tree Inn has taken the culinary world by storm and it’s a success that just keeps growing. Charles and Cheryl Hanna credit the local customers and dedicated staff of both the ‘Colly Creek’ property and the Willow Tree Inn with the Inns’ outstanding success. The owners, who purchased the Inn in 2009, have been hands on in the stunning renovation and quality expansion of the now highly regarded Inn. Charles was thrilled to accept one of hospitalities highest accolades, when the Inn was announced as the ‘Best Country Restaurant’ at the recent Australian Hotels Association NSW (AHA NSW) Awards for Excellence. “It shows that we not only have the best steak in ‘Colly Creek’ Beef, but also a great menu overall, combined with professional service from our team in the kitchen, bar and restaurant and our function reservation staff at head office. This award is truly strong praise and recognition of achievement from the Australian Hotels Association, our industry body,” said an elated Charles.

 
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TRIPADVISOR
Graze Willow Tree Inn winner of 2015 Certificate of Excellence

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THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER
More rooms at Willow Tree Inn

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THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER
Crack open the champers for the best pub in the bush

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Champagne Occasion: Willow Tree Inn manager Tim Muschamp, left, and chef Damion Moyses celebrate the hotel’s new title of Best Country Pub in NSW. Photo: Gareth Gardner 191113GGB02


IT'S the best country pub in the state with arguably the best steak to boot.

The Willow Tree Inn is located on the New England Highway, Willow Tree, exactly half way between Scone and Tamworth – just a 45 minute drive. “Exceptional in every way” is how The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Pub Food Guide 2014 reviewers glowingly describe the Willow Tree Inn, which was awarded the Best Country Pub in NSW title and coveted three schooners accolade at an awards ceremony in Sydney on Monday night. More than 500 pubs were assessed and scored on their food, service, ambience and that magic feel-good factor, with only 15 receiving top recognition, the three schooners award. Located 45 minutes’ drive south of Tamworth on the New England Highway, it is the local produce, especially the fine-grained sirloin steak and heavenly desserts, on offer at Graze Restaurant that lures many punters to the country gem. It has been an amazing year for owners Charles and Cheryl Hanna, who took over the pub about three years ago and transformed it into the first-class establishment it is today, with the pub also making it into the ultimate foodies’ bible, the SMH Good Food Guide 2014, last month. Mr Hanna said he was “delighted” to receive the prestigious pub food guide award. “This is truly well-deserved recognition of the great work from our four chefs, plus kitchen staff headed by Damion Moyses, and all of our bar and wait staff, who offer excellent service under the guidance of our manager, Tim Muschamp,” he said. Mr Muschamp said it was a combination of providing customers with the highest-quality food and rigorous front-of-house service training that set the business apart.

 
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QUIRINDI ADVOCATE
Simply the best

Simply the bestImagine having your business or passion described as ‘Exceptional in every way,’ by a team of experts. Well, that’s how our very own Willow Tree Inn was described by The Sydney Morning Herald Pub Food Guide 2014 reviewers. Last week the Inn was also awarded the Best Country Pub in NSW and received the acclaimed three schooners accolade.

Owners Charles and Cheryl Hanna, who also run their Angus beef enterprise Colly Creek located on the outskirts of Willow Tree, were thrilled by the win and the award. “Winning awards is always a great feeling, but to win the SMH Good Pub Food Guide award for “Best Country Pub” in NSW, after only three years as owners of The Willow Tree Inn, is unbelievable.

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NORTH WEST MAGAZINE
Willow Tree Inn up with the best

North west magazine

"The Willow Tree Inn may be relatively small and "off the beaten track" but it has only taken it a few short years to cement its place among the finest pubs in NSW after recently picking up a swag of hotel and restaurant awards.

Nestled on the New England Highway between Quirindi to the west and the Murrurundi Ranges, The Willow Tree Inn in just three years has been transformed by owner Charles Hanna and his team from the once sleepy little hotel on the highway into the Best Country Pub in NSW

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THE SYDNEY WEEKENDER
Mike Whitney came to enjoy a steak at Graze

Duddley Girls

"Situated halfway between Scone and Tamworth is the picturesque town of Willow Tree. With a population of only 169 people you might be forgiven for not knowing too much about this place, but thanks to a little restaurant called Graze, this town has earned a place on the ‘foodie’ map.

Willow Tree is all about beef and the steaks being served up at Graze Restaurant have been voted as some of the best in the state. The secret is in the cattle, farmed only 2km away in the stunning Colly Creek, these prime cattle are kept super happy and as a result they’re producing superior quality Black Angus beef. The meat is dry aged in a temperature controlled room for 5 weeks, making it really tender and with such a short distance between the produce and the restaurant this is sure to be the shortest ‘paddock to plate’ experience you’ll ever have. The end product is a perfectly juicy, award-winning steak that’ll have you immediately planning your trip back to Willow Tree..."

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THE LAND
Amazing Graze takes prize

Duddley Girls

"WITHIN the space of 10 days, the Willow Tree Inn's Graze Restaurant and Bistro snared major industry awards as word of its reputation for quality food continues to spread.

Marking the second anniversary of the opening of Graze just a month ago, the restaurant secured its second consecutive "two schooner" rating in the 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards last Monday night, which was icing on the cake after winning its first Best Steak Venue award during the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) of NSW's Awards of Excellence last week.

Willow Tree Inn, on the New England Highway at Willow Tree, is owned by Hawkesbury Valley businessman Charles Hanna, the executive chairman of diversified packaging materials manufacturer, Hannapak, North Richmond, and its head chef is Colin Selwood.

Mr Hanna said there were only about a dozen pubs in Australia which had received two "two schooner" awards, which were the equivalent to a "two hat" restaurant rating..."

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Sydney Morning Herald, Good Living
Raising the steaks

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"With its population of 169, Willow Tree is a speck of a place on the New England Highway.

Equidistant between Tamworth and Scone, you're through it in the blink of any eye.  But a good restaurant has the ability to put a place on the map.

Hence, Sydneysiders Sara Lockwood and her partner, Oscar Poocuetos, have booked ahead at Graze Restaurant at Willow Tree Inn with a special order of thick-cut double loin chops for Thursday night.

Sarah and Duncan Ball won't be there this Easter but the young farmers travel 3½ hours from their property at Burren Junction, 120 kilometres west of Narrabri, to dine at Graze.  Word travels fast in the bush and they first heard about it from their header crew who were "raving" about Willow Tree Inn's food ..."

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Quirindi Advocate
First Lady of Horse Racing

Touch Football"... We took the 45 minute drive past the Scone racecourse to stay at the celebrated Willow Tree Inn. I came for a visit a few weeks ago and was so impressed that I decided to share the experience with my husband and staff," Gai said. ..."

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Sydney Morning Herald
Raising a schooner to top pub food
Duddley Girls

" ... The Willow Tree Inn not only gained a two-schooner rating for scoring 17 out of 20, but also dishes up the best steaks of any pub.

The steaks, served at the pub's Graze restaurant and bistro were also rated among the top five pub meals in NSW.

The pub has already proved itself among locals, regularly drawing more than 100 people a night on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

It's a big achievement for a pub that opened under the current ownership in late 2010 after undergoing an extensive facelift.

Owner Charles Hanna said a commitment to maintaining high quality was one of the factors that contributed to their success.  We are conscious that every time a person goes there, they get just as good or an even better steak than the last time. 

He said the award was a credit to his staff, both in the kitchen and on the floor ..."

To read the full Sydney Morning Herald article, please click here.

To read the Northern Daily Leader article which also celebrates The Willow Tree Inn, please click here.

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XP Traveller (Volume 7 Issue 1)
The Graze Craze

Duddley Girls

"If you're travelling on the North Western route today, the Willow Tree Inn comes highly recommended with its famous Graze Restaurant sure to put a smile on any gastronomer's face.

Located half way between Scone and Tamworth - just a 45 minute drive from both - Graze has become a culinary landmark because of its professional, friendly service, and most of all, great food.

All the beef used at Graze is pasture fed and grain finished Black Angus, which comes directly from Colly Creek Pastoral Company at Willow Tree..."

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