2 Chefs Hats, The Australian Hot 50
& Australia's Wine List of the Year
"Daylesford's Lake House is the success story of regional dining that everyone looks to for inspiration" - Australian Gourmet Traveller
A team passionate about hospitality delivers beautiful cutting edge, seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list. Under the direction of Executive Chef Alla Wolf Tasker and Head Chef David Green the kitchen work from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. And Alla's dream of a raft of excellent small scale local suppliers has finally come about - due in no small part to her own efforts. Several excellent organic farms are now located within minutes of Lake House.
Produce is often hand picked for a morning delivery. Local lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat's milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens arrive at the kitchen, which since the early eighties, has fostered an open door policy, mentoring and supporting small sustainable producers and growers and developing a local food culture amongst fellow restauranteurs, chefs and residents.
Regular guests will tell you of their favourite season and of memorable dishes. Perhaps the butter poached pheasant with chestnuts and Farrow in Autumn, the spring lamb with asparagus and morels. The duck with orange braised witlof; the golden roasted free range chicken of summer with corn and yabbies, or the truffled Pecorino tart with artichokes Barigoule, eel, Murray Cod and trout; rabbit and hare, speak of local waterways and fields.
Wild damsons, Winter Nealis pears, quinces and yellow crab apples feature in fabulous desserts and, in time honoured country fashion, are also made into delicious preserves for enhancing leaner seasons. Each seasonal menu takes you on a trip down country lanes, through the orchards and across the farm paddocks of the region.
During the day, the sunlit restaurant offers magnificent views through wonderfully large windows. Guests enjoying drinks at dusk on the outdoor terraces will witness the daily ritual of our resident kookaburra family flying in to be fed.
Restaurant Awards & Accolades
"The givens here are great produce, even better service and a wine list (with service to back it) the equal of any regional restaurant in Australia."
Hot 50 - The Weekend Australian
Australia's Wine List of the Year & Best Wine List in Victoria
Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards
2 Chefs Hats
The Age Good Food Guide
"You don't just eat at Lake House; you immerse yourself in one of Victoria's most enriching hospitality experiences"
The Age Good Weekend
As part of our policy of developing a direct relationship with our growers and producers - much of the produce used at Lake House is sourced from nearby.
Menus are generally altered twice each season, according to best available produce . These changes generally follow the seasonal calendar, although Mother Nature, marching entirely to her own drum frequently throws some surprises at us.
A la carte 2-4 courses
A la carte 2-4 courses
Click here to view our sample menu. Please note that it is subject to change.
Our restaurant is open for lunch & dinner daily.
For groups of 10 or more, see our private dining options
Reservations are recommended.
Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm (last reservations) Daily
Dinner 6.00pm - 9.30pm (last reservations) Daily
'Aperitivo' at Lake House
On the Terrace overlooking the lake or in the new
Argyle Library Bar.
Taking inspiration from ‘cocktail hour’ on our other favourite lakes – Garda, Maggiore & Como… The best seat in town to take in the last rays and enjoy a drink as the sun dips over the far shore.
4.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday – Thursday
Available every night for in-house guests. Excludes Public Holidays
No bookings are required for Aperitivo; come early, come often.
Reservations for dining in the restaurant essential.
All reservations made over our premium times require a credit card number to secure the booking. No deposit is taken, however a cancellation policy does apply. Click here to view our cancellation policy. For Christmas bookings full prepayment is required and bookings cancelled after December 1st, 2014 will incur a fee.
In the Lake House restaurant we try to accommodate children where possible. Special menus are designed for our younger clientele in mind should they not wish to try the a la carte menus. Families please note that premium evening sittings in the restaurant over weekends are fixed price $120 per person. If you are travelling with children there are several options if you wish to avoid this per person price for young ones. Children’s Menus are offered at lunch or in the evening delivered to the comfort of your room or guest lounge. Babysitters can of course be arranged with notice.
When dining in the restaurant we ask patrons to remember that waiters are working with hot food & liquid and we require all children to remain seated throughout the meal.