Methven’s Dubliner Irish Bar & Restaurant received two sets of good news this week. On Monday, they were shortlisted as finalists in the Hospitality New Zealand national Awards for Excellence in the Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery and also the Excellence in Marketing category. On Thursday, they were announced as finalists in the Champion Canterbury Awards in the Tourism/Retail/Hospitality – Small Enterprise Category.
Speaking about the news, owners Gary and Karen Manning said, “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week really. We’re absolutely thrilled to be finalists in both award events and would like to thank our team and awesome customers for their ongoing support. We’re very excited to by attending both events as finalists in October.”
The Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence honours the achievement of hospitality and accommodation businesses that have performed exceptionally throughout the year. Entrants are judged over an eight-week period by a panel of independent industry professionals, who assess every entry on a range of commercial and operational criteria – including staff training and human resources, customer service, food and beverages, marketing and promotional activities, environmental initiatives and the demonstration of business growth. The finalists will then be mystery shopped to ensure what they say on paper is what they actually do in real life.
The Champion Canterbury Business Awards began in 2003 and have grown and developed over the past 15 years to provide one of the largest business awards ceremony in New Zealand, with over 1,330 guests in attendance. These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Canterbury region. The awards region is defined by the Canterbury Regional Council boundaries.
The Dubliner Irish Bar & Restaurant is owned and operated by Gary & Karen Manning and opened its doors at 116 Main Street, on Saturday 7th November 2015. This followed a very busy couple of months where local craftsmen were engaged to completely renovate the premises. The building retained its original features including the post-master’s lockers and the original bank safe along with some new features including an original NZ post office letter box.
Opening 7 days a week from 4.30pm the team work hard to deliver a warm & cosy atmosphere, complemented by great food, music, a great pint of stout and an extensive range of premium beers. The business in currently rated 1st of 23 restaurants in Methven/Mt Hutt Village on Tripadvisor.ENDS…
The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand will take place during June and July 2017. The tour will see the British and Irish Lions play ten rugby union matches, including against all five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises, the New Zealand Barbarians, the Māori All Blacks and three test matches against New Zealand. We'll have all the action live at the Dubliner!
The Dubliner is delighted to congratulate local Methven girl Sommer O'Shea being crowned the Otago Rose, New Zealand Rose of Tralee and support her as she heads to Wellington in early June to compete to be the New Zealand Rose at The Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The festival, to be held in Ireland in August 2017 and is an international event, celebrated among Irish communities all over the World. Francis Royston will be compere the night and will be testing Sommer’s Irish knowledge…
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Racers from across New Zealand travel at speeds up to 200kmph race around a tight 1km circuit, completing laps in 32 – 34 seconds.The event is hosted by The Dubliner, the Methven Lions Club who join with Classic Action Motorcycle Sport (CAMS) from Christchurch to stage the event. All profits made from the event go back into the local community.
The Dubliner Mountain Thunder 2017 will be roaring through the town centre of Methven on Easter Saturday 15th April 2017.
Easter Saturday is a fun filled day for all ages. Spectators can get up close, feel the noise, taste the speed and all from behind the safety of bales and security fencing. The streets are bursting with colour, spectacle, noise and excitement.
Pictured (Left to Right), The late Bryan O'Hara Methven Lions, Graham Campion, President Methven Lions, Gary Manning, The Dubliner, Karen Manning, The Dubliner
Photography by: Bill Irwin - billirwinarts.com