RUBYVALE HOTEL WINS BIG
THE New Royal Hotel at Rubyvale has been inducted into the Queensland Hotel Association’s Hall of Fame, as the pub’s owners praise the awards for their recognition of rural and regional businesses.
Owners Wendy and Bruce McFarlane said the QHA awards night last week — with a record 1130 industry members in attendance — was a “brilliant night”.
Mrs McFarlane said they were honoured to be initiated into the Hall of Fame after winning the Best Bush Pub category each year for the past three years.
“We’re blown away, both of us. Running a pub was new to us and we’ve now been running this hotel for four years. It’s really exciting.”
Mrs McFarlane said it had become more difficult to attract businesses and run pubs and hotels in remote areas, but the awards provided encouragement and inspiration.
“The awards are not just for little country pubs like us, but they did feature quite a few country pubs. You’re not left out when you’re in the country.
“When you run a hotel in the country, you’ve got to work a little bit differently or a bit smarter.”
She said one couple recently celebrated their 80th birthdays at the hotel, with guests coming from around Australia and the UK.
The hotel also has four log cabins and was a finalist in the Best Pub-style accommodation.
Wendy paid tribute to the hotel’s 12 staff and said, “When we first arrived, the main source of staff was from outside the area but in recent years we have been able to recruit local staff and provide training and now the staff share our love of the area and our very special pub.”
WINNERS: Bruce and Wendy McFarlane, the owners and operators of the New Royal Hotel in Rubyvale.