Lunch daily noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-9pm
The dining room is one of country Victoria's most inviting: an Old World alliance of pressed-metal ceilings, wicker chairs and open fires that demands a leisurely approach. Luckily, the wine list at the ever-growing Healesville Hotel (now encompassing a café, produce store and butcher on the town's main street) is fit for the purpose, cherry-picking the best from the region and further afield. A wood grill in the leafy backyard provides the highlights of chef Chris Toogood's regionally specific menu, from smoked duck breast with pine mushrooms and a lush garlic and parsley sauce to roasted ocean trout with fennel and harissa, although when that fire's roaring in the cooler months you might want to try the crackling-topped pork belly on white bean cassoulet, gussied up with fried kale and Toulouse sausage. So a raspberry and chocolate mousse fails to hit the same heights of rustic charm? Console yourself with a local cider in the equally charming front bar.