Spicers Hidden Vale, located west of Brisbane, has announced a reopening date for its homestead, which was destroyed by fire almost two years ago.
Set to reopen on 14 February 2020, the completely rebuilt homestead will pay homage to its colourful past (the original homestead was also burnt down almost a century ago) while incorporating modern luxurious features.
At the heart of the homestead is Homage Restaurant, which has been operating out of a century-old barn on the property since the 2018 fire.
“Immediately after the blaze in April 2018, we were fully committed to rebuilding Hidden Vale Homestead, and I am thrilled with the new era about to dawn,” said owner Jude Turner.
“We cannot wait to welcome our loyal guests and diners into this beautiful new space, home to Homage Restaurant, and let the next Spicers Hidden Vale chapter begin.”
In the new restaurant, executive chef Ash Martin and his team have embraced a ‘cooking with fire’ concept, which was initially born out of necessity due to their ovens having been destroyed.
On the menu, highlights include beef fat crumpet, caramelized honey, pickled scallions and wood roasted marrow; red claw yabbies, smoked yolk, orchard citrus; and coal roasted suckling pig with stone fruit.
Inside the space
The new-look Homage Restaurant comprises several airy rooms, including a private dining room.
A 3000-bottle cellar has also been incorporated into the build and features a room for pre-dinner tastings of Australian wines and French Champagnes.
The space also features a bar and several lounge spaces, featuring floor-to-ceiling rock fireplaces, adjoining verandas and gardens.
The homestead makes a welcome return to Spicers Hidden Vale, which features 29 rooms and suites, each with country views, as well as a number of event spaces.