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18 June, 2021

Iconic Atherton hotel claims major award

ONE of Atherton’s favourite drinking holes has claimed a much-deserved gong at the prestigious QHA awards in Brisbane.

By Michael Warren

Barron Valley hotel publican Mick Nasser and wife Maree Nasser claimed a prestigious award at the recent QHA awards in Brisbane.

ONE of Atherton’s favourite drinking holes has claimed a much-deserved gong at the prestigious QHA awards in Brisbane. 

The Barron Valley Hotel licensees Michael and Maree Nasser and the pub’s staff claimed the outstanding community service and achievement award for delivering exceptional service in the hospitality industry and along the way beat Brisbane’s famous Caxton Hotel, among others, to claim the win. 

The Barron Valley Hotel is a huge supporter of Atherton and regularly provides major financial support to local sporting groups and community organisations. 

The Nassar’s have run the pub for close to 90 years, first taking over the iconic waterhole on Melbourne Cup Day in 1930. 

“We’re extremely proud of this particular achievement, typically these types of awards go to more high profile led hotels in South East Queensland so to come away with this is just fantastic,” a delighted Michael Nassar told The Express.

 “We’re also a pub that doesn’t have poker machines for any assistance, so we’re also quite proud of that.” 

The QHA awards for excellence are recognised as the most coveted awards in the hospitality industry, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories. 

“The awards provides a prime opportunity to showcase venues and staff and encourages winners and attendees to be proud of their achievements,” event spokesperson Tom McGuire said. 

The iconic Barron Valley hotel or ‘BV’ to locals was built in the 1880s and underwent a rebuild in 1907. The BV is widely recognised as a truly historic hotel, previously winning a centenary of federation award. 

The hotel is also listed with the Australian Heritage Commission  

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