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Sunday 1 May 2016

New dining option at the Royal Mail

Parker Street Project is the new lunch and dining option at one of Australia's most famous gourmet destinations; the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld in Western Victoria.

The new offering opened mid-March in the area of the Royal Mail Hotel formerly known as the Public Bar. The Parker Street Project offering consists of seasonal, à la carte, ingredient-focused menu options alongside traditional ‘pub classics’ for the mid-priced diner.

Executive chef Robin Wickens will feature more affordable options using ingredients grown in the Royal Mail Hotel organic kitchen garden – the largest working restaurant kitchen garden in Australia - while sommelier Marcus Radny will select wine flights from the extensive wine collection to introduce diners to new tastes.

The space was refurbished with local artworks and freshly polished wood floors - treading the line between gastro pub and fine dining – to introduce a new signature menu that the chef describes as “simple, precise, seasonally-driven comfort food.”

The Parker Street Project menu includes the Royal Mail Hotel beef and lamb – which is reared on the owners' neighbouring Mount Sturgeon property.

The menu may include Great Ocean duck terrine with green pickle;?organic chicken with Mount Zero grains and crab apple, or lamb shoulder with cumin and carrot, as well as pub classics with a Royal Mail twist like Port Fairy fish with hand-cut chips and the Royal Mail beef burger.

A range of boutique beers including the Royal Mail Hotel and Temple Brewing collaboration “Seasons Harvest” and speciality spirits are also available. 

Nestled at the southern tip of the spectacular Grampians National Park, the Royal Mail Hotel was originally established in 1855 as a bluestone inn that offered accommodation, stabling, a reception room for concerts and meetings and was at one time a farm supplies store. 

A multi-million dollar refurbishment was undertaken in 1997 incorporating historical architectural features with contemporary styling. Since then the property has then been regularly upgraded and refurbished with the most recent improvements including the installation of a wine bar and upgraded accommodation facilities.

Now recognised as one of Victoria’s premier destination dining venues, the hotel has received acclaim for its innovative kitchen brigade, extensive culinary plantings and a cellar containing one of the most comprehensive and varied wine collections in the country, including Australia's leading collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy.  

These features of the property have put Dunkeld on the culinary radar globally and established a reputation as one of the best high-end travel destinations in regional Victoria.

The Royal Mail Hotel provides a wide range of luxury accommodation options for up to 120 guests with motel-style rooms and cottage accommodation at the nearby Mt Sturgeon Station. 

The Parker Street Project will be open every day for lunch from noon-2.30pm, dinner from 6pm until late and for gourmet snacks all day. For bookings phone (03) 5577 2241 or visit

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