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Healesville Hotel
Modern Australian
Healesville Hotel
-37.654361,145.515876

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. 


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $6-$17

    M $28-$38

    D $12-$14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Chris Toogood

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