Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel

- Hepburn Springs, Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs VIC
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How do you win a coveted Chef’s Hat award? Combine the best ingredients with a talented kitchen run by a great chef and you are well on the way.

The Argus Dining Room, Bar & Lounge sources from the Argus Kitchen Garden, with fruit, vegetables and rare breed beef and lamb from the Hotel’s own farm. Even breakfast is an experience in the sun-drenched Conservatory.

The Conservatory

Our relaxing breakfast room is located on the rear terrace of the original hotel building and opens out to all day sun. Elegantly furnished with soft cushioned banquettes, comfortable cane chairs and hanging pendulum lamps, The Conservatory offers a cooked to order menu every morning.

The Argus Bar & Lounge

The Argus Bar and Lounge is a stylish space that is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or to unwind with a coffee and a good book in front of the open fire. Sink into deep club chairs and sofas and enjoy a selection from the extensive wine list or indulge in a sublime cocktail mixed by experienced bar staff

The Argus Dining Room

Awarded a Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide 2015 and included in Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 Restaurants of 2015, The Argus Dining Room serves Modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on regional produce. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal menu that features produce grown in the onsite Argus Kitchen Garden as well as rare breed beef and lamb from the owners’ nearby farm 'Vale Hill' in Smeaton. Our extensive wine selection, handpicked by sommelier Jeremy Shiell features boutique wines from small-scale, family owned farms and growers expressing wine of terroir with minimal interventions or additions.


Important Dates

The Argus Dining Room would like to invite you to the following special events:

Date Sunday 25th December 2016 – Christmas lunch
Saturday 31st December 2016 – New Year’s Eve dinner
Location The Argus Dining, Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs
RSVP To book please call (03) 5348 2202 or email
Please note that The Argus Dining Room will be unavailable for regular dining on these dates.

Opening hours

The Conservatory
Breakfast: 8am – 10.30am (7 days)
The Argus Dining Room
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm (7 days)
Dinner: 6pm till late (7 days)
The Argus Bar & Lounge
Refreshments: all day


Reservations are essential. For bookings, please call (03) 5348 4199 or email

Reception staff are also happy to assist you with making a reservation.
Argus Bar & Dining Room

Chef profile - A Fresh New Phase

In a stage of evolution and development, the Argus family welcomes new Food and Beverage Manager Clare Hastings and the elevation of one of The Argus Sous Chefs to the Executive Chef role. Co-owner Chris Malden says The Argus will continue to offer authentic paddock to plate dining with a high proportion of its produce, beef and lamb to be sourced from his farm Vale Hill in Smeaton. “We will continue to focus on fantastic food and great service but we will be making it more accessible and desirable for both locals and visitors alike.” “Various cuts of Vale Hill beef and lamb will feature strongly on the new menu along with seasonal fruits and vegetables from our farm” he says. With our new kitchen only recently opened the team is ready to move forward into the next exciting phase for The Argus.” The Argus Bar & Dining Room is now open for dinner 7 days, while made-to-order breakfast and lunch is served in the Conservatory and under the enclosed arches at the front of the iconic Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel.

Craig Robertson Chef