Published on October 20 2017.
After a year of upgrades, the Royal Mail Hotel’s new dining space, Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, is here. The old dining room will close to allow the hotel’s casual dining room, Parker Street Project, to double in size.
In the tradition of the award-winning fine diner in the country town of Dunkeld, the new space will continue to offer a five and eight course menu reflecting local producers and produce from the hotel’s kitchen garden. As it’s off-site, a walk – or a drive in the hotel car – is necessary. However, there’s a prize at the end, other than the spectacular food. A glass wall gives diners a stunning view of the Grampians. Another divides the dining room from the garden – there’s no doubting where your meal has come from.
“The garden and the season are key elements in determining the dishes,” says Executive Chef Robin Wickens. “From October the new dining space will add to the overall experience; making an even stronger connection between the land and the dining table.”
Even the architecture of the new space reflect this philosophy. It’s designed to connect diners to the surrounding land and the kitchen garden, and references the heritage of the Royal Mail Hotel. It will also connect them with the hotel’s extensive wine collection. A wine corridor will showcase a selection from the cellar which holds the largest privately-owned collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy in the Southern Hemisphere.
To coincide with the opening of the Wickens, the Royal Mail Hotel has released a new accommodation package. Visit the Royal Mail Hotel website or call 03 5577 2241 for more details.