Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

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Enjoy views of the Grampians while enjoying innovative, nature driven food at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel. The menus are dictated by the produce harvested from the hotels organic Kitchen Garden, the largest of its kind in Australia. The home grown fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs are teamed with the Royal Mail’s own beef and lamb and the best from other local producers.

The signature experience is the multi course tasting menus. An internationally recognised award winning wine collection allows sommeliers to match wine with each course. You can choose wines from the list by the glass or bottle to complement your meal at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel.
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Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk down the steps on the way in until the moment you are waved farewell, this is one of the most special dining experiences you will have in Victoria. The service is attentive and generous, with the fine details exemplified. We felt welcome and part of the family from the first moment. The food is incredible, clearly designed around local and fresh ingredients, and presented in novel and impressive ways. The perfect place for a special occasion or celebration

OT
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional dining experience, which made our weekend trip to the Grampians extra special.

OT
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service - great for a special occasion or weekend away

OT
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wickens was the best dining restaurant I have experienced. The food was exceptional & the staff were great. I would definitely eat there again and enjoy the friendly locals in Dunkeld. Go the chef’s table in the kitchen.

OT
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just “wow”. We had a fabulous lunch on Saturday, taking the entire afternoon. A relaxed four and a half hours for the eight course menu, which also included petit fours, an amuse bouche, and a pre-dessert, so really could have counted as eleven courses. We also went for the matching wine option, and they all beautifully complemented the food.
One of the best, most relaxing meals I’ve had in a long time. All the food was fabulous and beautifully presented, and the service impeccable.

OT
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t get much better than this. 5 star food; exquisite and creative. Together with the outstanding service and killer view, I would recommend this place to anyone. Well worth the long drive from melbourne

OT
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most delicious dinner at Wickens. The team at Wickens we’re professional and knowledgeable but it was a lovely, relaxed and unpretentious dining experience.
A great place for a special occasion dinner or for anyone who loves food and wine. A real experience! We will be back!

OT
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both enjoyed the relaxed feel of Wickens Dunkeld - warm and cozy. Each table was spaced with enough distance to give you privacy.

The degustation menu was amazingly good, fantastic.

We hope to return for lunch and try more dishes.

Wickens' staff were delightful. Service was well-timed and friendly. We could not fault the staff.

The choice of French champagne and Australian wines, exceptional.

OT
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A food and service experience that is unique. It is a testament to Victorian hospitality having no equal world wide.

OT
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

warm welcoming and wonderful.

Superb cuisine , excellent wines & well matched, staff full of savoir faire

OT
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous interesting food with great stories attached. Staff are lovely. Wine is spectacular. Well worth making the trip out.

OT
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The way food was very good, but for me, it lacked the 'wow' factor I expected. The wines from the 'cellar' were ok overall. A couple were very good, and a couple were not to our taste. The amount poured for each glass was small, and there was a distinct reluctance to 'top up' glasses. Given the amount of money that is charged, I was impressed with being made to feel that we shouldn't ask for an extra bit of wine either during the courses or in between.Apart from that, the service was very good

OT
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was superb. It was a very special experience.

OT
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Our food, an 8-course meal, was very good. But the ambiance was poor, despite a beautiful room, because the heating was not working and no portable heaters were provided. We ate in overcoats. The sommelier spoke too loudly and often at an adjacent table; one of the waiters was difficult to understand; the bill was inaccurate and was amended down. There was no real attempt to apologise for the heating problem.

OT
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is relaxing and the views are spectacular. With front view of the Grampians, an 'open' view of the kitchen to the right and the amazing wine cellar to the rear. We did the 5 course menu and each dish was absolutely divine especially as it's locally source produce. The staff were professional and friendly and ensured we were comfortable at all times. The kitchen staff were clinical and watching them prepare the meals showed their true craft and we will be coming back!

OT
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A stunning degustation experience, matched with aged first-class French wines. We could not fault it. The best meal during two weeks of eating our way around country Victoria.

OT
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While not generally a big fan of set menu, we were wowed by the breadth of the offerings. There was no fuss in switching a couple of plates for us and the wait staff and sommelier went above and beyond. Make sure you don’t eat before coming here as the dishes are generous and plentiful. Timing of the plating could not be faulted and 3.5 hours went like a snap.
Thank you for a wonderful evening!!

OT
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The matching wine & food option we chose was both very interesting and educational as we were taken around the world with the wine. The atmosphere & elegance of the dining room added to the experience

OT
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed my wife's 40th birthday here, selecting the 8-course degustation. We matched wines; one each of the Australia and French pairing.

All the staff were friendly and welcoming ensuring we had a wonderful night. The food was exceptional, and courses spaced well to ensure flow of conversation. The wines were incredible and pours generous. A complimentary glass of champagne and an additional course of pork loin helped make it a memorable night. Worth the 10 year wait to finally get there

OT
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the 8 course set menu ( you can choose 5 ) with matched Australian wines. There were also bonus dishes throughout the evening. Dish composition - outstanding. Service - first rate. The matched wines were well explained at the start of the course. Produce from their own garden and protein sourced as close to home as possible. Be prepared for a long sitting - ours was 4 hrs but they prepare you for that at the start. Not cheap but well worth the money. Overall as close to 10 as possible

OT
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Wickens was one of the best high-end dining experiences we've ever had.

We chose the 8-Course menu matched with accompanying Australian wines.

The food was innovative and utterly delicious, the wine list extensive, the service impeccable and the ambience of the room just perfect.

For us, it rates on a level with the likes of Attica and Vue De Monde, comes close to The Fat Duck, and outshines Dinner by Heston in every regard.

Of course, it is expensive - but worth every cent!

OT
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous meal, probably best ever.
exceptional use of great ingredients.
no tricked up dishes just amazing food.
the wine list is extraordinary
staff were well informed, attentive and amusing

OT
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I found the meat a bit underdone hence was chewy. The bread rolls were far too hard. Otherwise was a wonderful experience.

OT
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dining experience. The food was exquisitely prepared and tasted fabulous. The wine pairing was lovely. The staff gave detailed explanations of where the wines came from and how they had been matched to the meal. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming.

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Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wickens at Royal Mail makes for a special evening.
We were treated with great service and some excellent food.
The Alphabet soup is creative, surprising, and tasty.
We both REALLY enjoyed our squab dish.
We had the 8 course menu, dishes were spaced out enough for us to enjoy the entire meal.
If you are able to visit, we recommend it.

OT
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good but not great. Expectations might have been a bit high. Service was a little slow and desserts were fairly ordinary

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Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A third time visitor just says it all ...
In three months.
We enjoyed all aspects of the experience.
Matthew the maitre d and expert sommelier brings a lovely warmth and professional feel to the space which offers a stunning view of the lower Grampians.
The food is innovative ... we have tried the five course plus numerous snacks and course size is bigger.
Yet really enjoyed the eight course as it had smaller tastes of more.
Make the visit, make a weekend ... we stayed four nights last time.

OT
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vegetarian friendly! And not just carrot ends and lettuce cups, real thought-out dishes where broccoli was treated as respectfully as duck breast. Everything was so considered. From seating, lighting, plating, wines, food; everything had a place and felt right. Knowledgeable and attentive waiters made it more of an experience than just a dinner. Every bite of every meal a treasure.

OT
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The selection of wine by the glass was amazing. The sommelier was very good. Enjoyed the food, but it wasn’t as good as similar restaurants at the same level. The building and ambiance were great. The only thing that I would suggest to improve is the flavour combination with the food. More so with the initial starters.

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Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food was adventurous and modern. we had the 8 course menu and there was more than enough food. on a personal note, I found some of the courses a little out of balance with one strong element on some dishes.

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Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the five course meal but with the starters, bread and palate cleanser it was too bigger meal. Portions needed to be 10% smaller. The food was divine.

OT
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An equisit experience

OT
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous degustation would highly recommend it.

OT
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wickens has the most amazing meals prepared from local ingredients with exemplary service in a beautiful room with magnificent views. The perfect venue for a special celebration or romantic retreat

OT
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's worth the trip to Dunkeld for a magical and unique dining experience. The execution and service are first rate. What really sets it apart is the imagination behind some of the flavour combinations. Crayfish tastes wonderfully sweet when paired with smokey tomato. That touch of creamy lemon sago made the savoury broad bean soup zing. The menu changes with the seasons, so there's always something delightful to try.

OT
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited years to get here with high expectations. This was the best dining experience I've ever had & we've been to some pretty nice places. The quality of the staff & the obvious high level of training we're standouts. Just perfectly executed, an icon for the Oz tourism & dining industries.

OT
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! We said it was for my partne’s 30th and we were given complimentary sparkling, an extra course and received a gift! Flawless service. It was a great experience and we loved every minute of it! Would recommend.

OT
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second experience with dinner at The Royal Mail. I ordered the Eight course meal without matching wines. I felt the beginning 3 maybe 4 courses were “one note” in taste. The broadbands and peas used carried the same flavors in each presentation. Then the tastes and flavors gradually came better in to play. The floor to ceiling windows revealed a 180* landscape which was lovely to see at sunset. Then my attention turned to what was happening in the kitchen, again with floor to ceiling

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Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Dining at Wickens was a wonderful experience. The food - presentation, taste and portion size was perfect. All the added extras were a wonderful unexpected treat. My only disappointment was the slow, drawn out service which was unacknowledged by staff. The last courses were slightly overshadowed by trying to make the last glass of a second bottle of wine last.... Over 4 hours for late dinner was a bit too long for us.

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Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the 8 course degustation (12 with all the extras). Food was exceptional! Menu is seasonal with a lot sourced from their own garden. We left feeling very full and satisfied :)The kitchen is visible so you can see everyone hard at work. The staff were very attentive and provided excellent service. Will definitely come back when in the area again.

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