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Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel. Opened in 1853 and host to poets, princes and prime ministers over its 160 year history, the hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period. Now, after extensive restoration, the magnificent accommodation, dining, meeting and banquet facilities are re-establishing Craig’s as the finest boutique heritage hotel in the colony.Menus have been specially created by acclaimed Melbourne chef, Ian Curley, and feature European style classics carefully executed a by dedicated team of chefs under the direction of head chef Shannon Easton. Craig's Gallery dining is a showcase of the finest local produce of Ballarat and surrounding regions and with an extensive cellar of fine aged wines to accompany great dining.Private dinners are also particularly special in the rustic Bluestone Cellar or one of the more formal Victorian dining rooms.