New restaurant Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel now open in Victoria’s Grampians
The team at Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld unveiled its new restaurant, Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, last month. The new restaurant has been built in a new location on the Dunkeld property, positioned on the southern tip of Victoria’s Grampians, and features unobstructed views of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt. The new restaurant has been built to create an even stronger connection between the land and the dining table. The menu illustrates the seasonal expression of the micro-climate of Dunkeld.
Dining experiences at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel
The Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel signature dining experience is an eight-course Chef’s Tasting Menu ($185) with matched wines ($145). A five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu ($165) with matched wines ($115) and vegetarian Chef’s Tasting Menu are also available, as is a Chef’s Table in the kitchen for up to four guests. The menus, while changing frequently subject to the produce that is abundant in the garden, will always include herbs, greens, petals, roots, something from the ocean, poultry, a red-meat protein (sheep and cows bred on-site for specific use in the dining room), dairy from local farmers and fruits.
On a daily basis, executive chef Robin Wickens and his team harvest produce that inspires that day’s Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel menu from the orchards, olive groves and organic 1.2-hectare kitchen garden – the largest working restaurant kitchen garden in Australia – which grows more than 400 edible species per year. Dunkeld Pastoral Company rears herds of beef and lamb specifically for Wickens, and this allows the kitchen team to manage the entire process from breed selection, grazing, slaughter age and butchery. The meat can be stored in the Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel dry-ageing fridge to allow for further flavour and texture development.
The new restaurant’s location at the Royal Mail Hotel has been selected due to its uninterrupted views of the Southern Grampians, which further solidifies the link between food and place executive chef Robin Wickens represents across his five- and eight-course tasting menus.
Wine matches at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel
Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel provides three wine matches: a five-course French Collection ($200) wine match, offering a selection of French wines that showcases the breadth and depth of the Royal Mail Hotel wine cellar, which holds the largest privately owned collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy in the Southern Hemisphere; the Australian wine match ($125) and the cellar wine match ($115 for five courses and $145 for eight courses). Food and beverage manager and sommelier Matthew Lance develops the matches alongside Robin from the extensive on-site collection of over 28,000 bottles, built on for more than 20 years.
Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday and for lunch on weekends. The dining room seats up to 60 people, the Private Dining Room can seat up to 14 and the Chef’s Table can seat up to four guests.
Five-course tasting menu: $165
Eight-course tasting menu: $185
Five-course French collection wine match: $200
Five-course Cellar wine match: $115 and eight course cellar wine match: $145
Five-course Australian wine match: $125
Chef’s Table: $400 per person including matched wines
The Royal Mail Hotel provides a range of accommodation options for up to 120 guests starting from $245 per night.
Restaurant reservations can be made on the Royal Mail Hotel website here, or by calling +61 3 5577 2241
Accommodation reservations can be made on the Royal Mail Hotel website here, or by calling +61 3 5577 2241