News & Reviews

September 2012

The Final Morsel

1 September 2012

This month three of Australia’s finest chefs – Dan Hunter, Luke Burgess and Brent Savage – take us through a journey into the sublime technique and flavour combinations of some of their most stunning desserts

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August 2012

Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards 2012

6 August 2012

The Royal Mail Hotel is widely regarded as a regional destination of considerable prowess and distinction in food and wine circles.

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July 2012

Good Weekend - Winter Escapes

2 July 2012

The small town of Dunkeld, nestled at the foot of Mount Sturgeon, lies at the southernmost point of the Grampians. They form an impressive backdrop to the Royal Mail Hotel, an architecturally attractive building with a pleasing curve that faces the main street.

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June 2012

Cooking up a Storm

30 June 2012

One moved to the other side of the world to pursue his culinary dream; another fell in love with cooking while mixing pancake batter as a child. All have big plans and are passionate about food. Sarina Lewis asked some of Victoria's top chefs to name the next generation of stars.

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Chef Dan Hunter and the Royal Mail Hotel

29 June 2012

The food of Chef Dan Hunter and the Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld is food worth travelling for and the Grampians region, where it’s located, makes a great escape from Melbourne, and is easily worth a couple of days of your time.

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Totter to the Grampians

1 June 2012

European settlers called the Grampians 'home' in 1856. Now, so many years later, their decendants share with tourists and tree changers. And they're all settling for the very best.

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May 2012

Rural Riot - Time Out Magazine

29 May 2012

Rural Victorian dining is kicking the arse of many a city restaurant and Royal Mail is leading the charge.

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Out with the inn crowd

22 May 2012

The best rural pubs offer a hit personality on the side.

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Gourmet getaway with the lot

12 May 2012

Mary O'Brien combines fine foods and wine with river walks and bush treks at an historic cottage stay.

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April 2012

Mr & Mrs Smith Blog - Royal Mail Hotel: gourmet getaway in the Grampians, Australia

4 April 2012

How far are you willing to travel for a good feed? The Smith team has planned holidays to Shanghai in search of xiao long bao soup dumplings and lost countless hours in Ho Chi Minh alleyways hunting bánh xèo pancakes. We also think nothing of making a six-hour round-trip for dinner, recently setting out for Royal Mail Hotel, a gourmet escape in the Grampians, three hours west of Melbourne.

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Stardust in the arse-end of the World: Dan Hunter

3 April 2012

Let’s give Caesar what is Caesar’s. The first person to tell us about him was René Redzepi. Then Andoni Luis Aduriz. But the one to really tell us his endless wonders, after hardly landing on the 1st October at his restaurant Los Gatos, was David Kinch.

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Perfect Harmony

1 April 2012

Talented chef Dan Hunter has led the transformation of a bush pub into one of Australia's finest restaurants.

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March 2012

Melbourne Bride - A Climb to the Top

1 March 2012

A love for travel and adventure inspired Catherine and Adam's special day with family and friends.

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Tradition and Style at the Royal Mail

1 March 2012

The historic Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, at the southern foot of Western Victoria's Grampians Ranges, Australia, is located in one of he most beautiful spots in this vast country.

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Melbourne Bride - Doing it our Way

1 March 2012

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city allowed Nicole and Richard Barry to set the perfect tone for their stress - free wedding.

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October 2011

Wall Street Journal 'What's the Next Big Restaurant?'

1 October 2011

"Which of today's lesser-known eateries will be tomorrow's impossibly booked dining meccas?" Royal Mail Restaurant makes the list.

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August 2011

3 Chefs Hats and Chef of the Year, The Age Good Food Guide 2012

30 August 2011

Dan Hunter, executive chef at the Royal Mail Hotel, was announced Chef of the Year at the 2012 The Age Good Food Guide Awards last night in Melbourne.

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Royal Mail Hotel is Gourmet Traveller's Regional Restaurant of the Year

24 August 2011

The Royal Mail Hotel has been hailed 'Regional Restaurant of the Year' at the 2012 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards announced last night at the Opera House, Sydney.

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Royal Mail Hotel wins Best Victorian Wine List and Best Country Wine List of the Year

1 August 2011

The entries flooded in for Australia's Wine List of the Year with over 386 entries, a record for the Awards.

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May 2011

Royal Mail Hotel announced Regional Accommodation of the Year 2011

20 May 2011

Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel was announced ‘Regional Accommodation Hotel of the Year’ at the 2011 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) State Awards for Excellence announced at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne on Friday 20 May.

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Royal Auto May 2011

1 May 2011

Gourmet food, luscious gardens and great art - the Southern Grampians has a feast for all seasons. Story: Tony Fawcett

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April 2011

The Age Epicure

12 April 2011

Royal Style, royal cuisine

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The Age Epicure - Masterchef

12 April 2011

The first night Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel opened with Dan HUnter in charge of the kitchen, he and his team cooked for just 12 people.

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October 2010

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Australia

15 October 2010

Anthony Bourdain visited Dunkeld in January 2009 on his Victorian tour to find out what makes our state the food capital of Australia.

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August 2010

The Age Epicure - Good Food Guide 2011

31 August 2010

"Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year - The Royal Mail is one of Australia's great dining destinations - a culinary pilgrimage."

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Australian Gourmet Traveller

15 August 2010

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2011 Restaurant Awards: the Top 100.

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June 2010

Star Chefs USA

17 June 2010

On the Plate: Polished Naturalism from Four Australian Chefs.

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April 2010

Australian Traveller Magazine

22 April 2010

"Worth the drive in itself to visit the Royal Mail. But as a stop-off to the volcanic Grampians range, it's unbeatable." - Justin Wastnage

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January 2010

Beautiful Accommodation - Royal Mail Hotel

19 January 2010

Beautiful Accommodation have selected the Royal Mail Hotel to be part of their annual accommodation guide for 2010.

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Beautiful Accommodation - Mt Sturgeon Estate

19 January 2010

Beautiful Accommodation have selected the Mt Sturgeon Estate to be part of their annual accommodation guide for 2010.

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