Nine for six

No, this isn’t the latest cricket score of the season from the Big Bash but rather the number of “Hats” won by six of the Spicers Retreats restaurants.

Another festive season has come and gone and while we are busy kick starting the new year, the Australian Good Food Guide has released it Hats for 2020. Three Two-Hat restaurants and three One-Hat restaurants is an outcome that is both hard won and humbling for the teams involved and provides some icing on the cake for the New Year.

Spicers Retreats say a massive congratulations to our teams of chefs, food and beverage attendants, sommeliers and loyal patrons for the nine Hats won in the Australian Good Food Guide for 2020.

Chefs at Homage restaurant

Chefs at Homage restaurant cooking over coals

In a first for Spicers Retreats, all Queensland restaurants won a Hat or more. Leading this charge was The Long Apron of Montville on the Sunshine Coast with two-Hats and the “Readers’ Choice 2020 – European” recommendation. Homage Restaurant near Grandchester and The Peak restaurant at Maryvale also won two-Hats in this years awards.

Lavender ice cream at The Long Apron

Lavender ice cream at The Long Apron

Feast at Homage restaurant

A 2 Chef Hat hearty feast at Homage restaurant

Dining at The Peak

Dining at the 2 Chef Hat The Peak restaurant

The two One-Hat awards were taken home by The Tamarind of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and The Balfour Kitchen in New Farm Brisbane. The Balfour Kitchen has also been given the “Readers’ Choice 2020 – Vietnamese” recommendation.

an Asian feast at The Tamarind

Award winning Asian cuisine at The Tamarind

Ribs at The Balfour Kitchen

Delicious Vietnamese cuisine at The Balfour Kitchen

Gaining a One-Hat award, Restaurant Botanica in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley makes the 6th restaurant in the Spicers group to win an award for 2020.

Food at Botanica Restaurant

Cuisine at Restaurant Botanica

A focus on fresh, local and sustainable produce in all restaurants is the driving force that allows Spicers Retreats restaurants to excel and create unforgettable experiences for its patrons. Any awards won is always the humble icing on the cake.

With all six of the above restaurants within a 2-hour drive from either Brisbane or Sydney, have you just read about your next weekend drive and dine experience?

Our vote is to skip the cricket and let the Spicers Retreats team take care of you.

Read the restaurants Australian Good Food Guide profiles below.

The Long Apron 2 Hats + Readers’ Choice 2019 – European

Homage 2 Hats

The Peak 2 Hats

The Tamarind 1 Hat

The Balfour Kitchen 1 Hat

Restaurant Botanica 1 Hat