An hour's drive from Melbourne spells a quick getaway and refined regional cuisine at The Dining Room.
The Mornington Peninsula is treated well with a culinary gem in the form of The Dining Room at Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill. The menu here is an ode to regional cooking where dishes are elaborated using locally-sourced ingredients and redefine country cooking.
At the helm of the kitchen is chef Diego Cossio who tantalises tastebuds with his homemade sourdough, made from an eight-year-old starter endearingly named Matilda, Fraser Island spanner crab served with cucumber gazpacho, and kipfler potatoes drizzled with parsley butter. Rounding the dining experience here is the extensive wine list curated by Jacquie Lewis, the talented sommelier who was previously Head Sommelier for the prestigious Alain Ducasse Group in France. The modern cuisine dishes are best appreciated by pairing with the establishment's own wines or from the selection of international drops that have been carefully chosen to bring out the best of each dish.
Overlooking the gardens and vineyard, The Dining Room offers foodies a wonderful menu with a picturesque vista, creating the perfect spot for a delicious summer lunch or dinner along the Peninsula. And for visitors looking to perhaps overindulge with more than just a glass of Chardonnay, the establishment's 40-room boutique hotel is the perfect invitation to a luxurious overnight stay.