The Royal Mail Hotel is home to Australia’s largest working restaurant kitchen garden. Up to 80% of the produce showcased on the various Royal Mail Hotel dining menus is grown on-site, and harvested daily by the kitchen team.
The Kitchen Garden supplies the restaurants with basic produce such as potatoes, garlic and onions, while also growing interesting and obscure produce. The Kitchen Garden team is always refining the selection of plants and choosing the right varieties to suit the area and conditions. For example, cylindra beetroot is a less common variety but one that is used regularly in the kitchen. Other successful experiments have been white asparagus and watercress.
Our chefs are in the garden every day picking the produce they need and watching the lifecycle of the garden. The produce is grown organically without the use of fertilizers and chemicals. This method of farming means our produce is flavourful and just how nature intended it to be. It does, however, leave us open to the elements, meaning uniform shapes and sizes cannot always be achieved – an aspect of our story we are very proud of.
The neighbouring farm supplies beef and lamb which are born and bred for use specifically in the Royal Mail Hotel dining rooms, and further produce is grown and foraged for in surrounding orchards, olive groves and wild pastures.
Join us on a tour of the kitchen garden! You'll hear from the chefs about the challenges and benefits of maintaining and using our kitchen garden to its fullest.
When: every day at 11am
Tours are complimentary to house guests or $15 per person. Bookings are required - contact Reception to lock your place in.