About Us

Our Story

Wanting to create an experience beyond the ordinary restaurant, Dean and Gabrielle embarked on a quest to find the perfect venue that would bring their vision to life. After careful consideration, they discovered a place that offered ample space for their kitchen gardens and personal aspirations. The building itself required extensive care and attention, but the team embraced the challenge with enthusiasm, eager to revive the heritage of this historically significant establishment.

To their delight, Dean and Gabrielle were met with overwhelming community support and a strong sense of belonging in the Otways. Immersed in the local community, they formed connections with small-batch local farmers and fishers who eagerly offered their support and products, fostering a true sense of community.

Dean and Gabrielle have exciting plans to expand their vision even further. They are currently in the process of planting their own vineyard with a view to crafting their own wines. Their focus also lies on enhancing the network of forest walking trails and creating a dedicated area for forest wedding receptions. Additionally, they entertain the possibility of introducing on-site accommodations, a spa, sauna, and wellness retreat, creating a haven that offers comprehensive relaxation and rejuvenation.


Jarrad & Yasmin

“Thank you for such a perfect night. Many people told us it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to. It certainly was for me and Yas. You did such a fantastic job and were so easy to work with.”

Mellisa C.

“We just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday! You and your staff were amazing and everyone commented on how accommodating and beautiful the venue and food was. The table setting was beautiful and I could see everyone enjoying the games outside. Thank you so much, we certainly made the right choice having our lunch at the perch!”

Caroline Drinkwater

“Dined here as a guest at a wedding and could not fault it! Food was 100/10, everyone I spoke to raved about it. Hosts were lovely, everything ran on time, cocktails were delicious and the venue itself was beautifully laid out. Definitely putting Lavers Hill on the map!”