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Welcome to Empire Dining

Empire Dining & Cocktail Bar is the heart and soul of our boutique hotel. We have ice cold, brewery fresh beer always on tap and local wines served by the glass. Fancy a cocktail or two, try one of the expertly prepared classics, or one from our seasonal selections.  We’ve designed our space for your comfort and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and friendly service. Linger a while with family, friends and loved ones and let us take care of you. Absorb the warmth from our stacked stone open fireplace, bathe in the ambience and have your tastebuds tickled.

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Bringing the City to the Country

Over a 12 month period, Empire Dining has been lovingly restored to its current magnificence. Restaurant designer Francisco Valles’ meticulously crafted our refurbished premises, blending heritage with modern comfort, whilst devotedly honouring our alpine location and proud locals. The delicate balance of rich timber, stone and soft furnishings creates a unique sensory dining experience,  with a subtle nod to our cycling theme. Complimenting Empire Dining is the William Walker whisky bar which is reminiscent of traditional speakeasy bars of the era. Beautifully designed with velvet stools, pressed metal ceilings and dark seductive timbers, our venue will transport you to a different place and time.

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Behind a purple door, you’ll find a cosy-yet-sophisticated restaurant with an elevated menu of fish, meat and veggie plates best enjoyed with a glass of vino from the Euro-centric wine list. Afterwards, unwind with a nightcap from the cocktail list – a barrel-aged negroni should do the trick.

Empire Events Menu's


At Empire Dining, we’re so proud of what we do that we love to share!  We cater for groups of all sizes and sorts, whether it’s a cycling group, car club or your annual family reunion, we are committed to creating an unforgettable experience for all.


Empire Dining at Velo is the perfect location for celebrating your special day.  Its central, charming and private location combines luxury and convenience for you and your guests. With multiple sophisticated dining options tailored to you and onsite accommodation, your wedding party will want for nothing – except to relive the day forever!


Have you got a work function or mothers club get together? Empire Dining have three private dining spaces you can utilise. Where business meets pleasure we take our food as seriously as you take your business, our sublime canapes are the perfect accompaniment.


Need to prepare for a race or training block? Our active menu includes all sorts of carb loading options. Perfect for your training groups, the active menu was created to aid you in performingyour best.

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