Experience the Granduer
Experience the grandeur of yesteryear in this historic hotel. Although built in the year of Queen Victoria’s accession to the English throne, the architecture is inspired by the Georgian era that swept through Australia in the first half of the 1800s. Said to imbue a sense of civilisation and gentility, this grand style is synonymous with the wealth of early Australia – particularly from the 1820s through to the 1840s (just before the depression). The Old Victoria is testament to the quality of the building that occurred at that time. Built in what is widely considered the boom years of Australian architecture, The Old Victoria stands today with its perfect symmetry and carefully considered proportions -reflecting the elegance and refinement of the era from which it was born.
The rich warmth of the Georgian-style timber bar, the (still-in-use) open fire places, the 13 foot ceilings, the private dining rooms, the wide entry and hallway leading to the staircase, and the fully-refurbished upstairs accommodation – redone in period style – simply enhances the dining, accommodation and social experience of all guests. You could say the hotel is as old as Melbourne itself (the hotel was built in the year that Melbourne was named)…
News & Testimonials
Five Course Degustation
Valentine's day was wonderful. Thanks Aaron. We really enjoyed ourselves. We thought we might have to get wheeled out in a wheelchair but a little rest after that fabulous dessert was all we needed. Instead of being "wheeled out" we just "waddled out". The prawn avocado salad with mango, roquette and sweet lime dressing was a great start. Thanks for accommodating me on the zucchini flowers (I would have enjoyed them but the whole coeliac thing got in the way). I'm not a big fan of duck but the duck breast with baked plum, hoisin plum glaze, broccolini and parsnip puree was a hit. By the time the braised lamb shoulder arrived (with mash, beans and sweet potato crisps no less) we thought we were "goooone' as they say but the chocolate mousse with a coffee-soaked chocolate brownie and strawberries really finished things off. Thanks again Aaron!
Dinner was wonderful
Thanks for a lovely evening. We really enjoyed ourselves. The food and atmosphere was great and the service very friendly.