Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.

When it comes to Modern Australian dining in relaxed luxury, it’s hard to look past lauded The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge in Maryvale.  

An open stone fireplace, comfy furnishings and a captivating outdoor dining terrace overlooking the Scenic Rim Mountain Ranges all make for a memorable dining experience; under the watchful eye of Head Chef Dean Alsford.
 Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.

Did you know he has recently ventured into the world of home brewing? But where does he go for a good cup of Joe?

Your go-to coffee spot?

I shouldn’t say this, however I am sure you will understand being quite remote, Spicers Peak Lodge has great coffee – amazing coffee beans, top quality milk and people who can make it magically.

We have our own customised blend called ‘The Glossy Black’, crafted by local Koko Coffee Roasters. It has been developed to raise awareness and protect the habitat and breeding grounds of the rare Glossy Black Cockatoo throughout South-east Queensland and on the 18,000 acres of nature refuge the Spicers’ landholders currently hold.
 Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.
'The Glossy Black' Spicers customised coffee blend.

Money raised by the sale of coffee goes towards growing awareness, protecting and rehabilitating their habitat. This not only protects this cockatoo, but many other species of fauna and flora found within this majestic countryside.

The best spot to banish a hangover?

If I have a hangover, which is rare these days with two young children, I simply stay in bed!

Where do you go to splurge?

Recently, I have ventured into the world of homebrewing, so as I mentioned earlier, being remote with two very young children, escaping is almost impossible. Therefore, my splurging is done with KegLand Beer Supplies.

Your favourite place to take the family?

Our family loves the Bluebird Kitchen & Bar in Warwick. Owners Katie and Jim are the most welcoming hosts and their American BBQ joints are truly amazing. It makes me a little reminiscent about similar wonderful places in Melbourne.
 
Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.
Bluebird Kitchen's smoked pork belly.

Restaurant you most want to try?

On our next home visit to catch up with family, very high on our bucket list is restaurant Igni. Aaron Turner is a genius with anything wood-fired – meat, seafood and plants; and he has a great respect for the planet.

When you’re craving a good pub feed?

The local Maryvale Pub is an institution, a charming 100-year-old hotel that has had a recent refurb. It’s always welcoming and the housemade pies, or a steak are essential eating…don’t forget a cold beer from the tap.
 
Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.
Cowboy rump steak at the Crown Maryvale Hotel.

Best date night venue?

With a newborn and a three-year-old, date night is if we can settle the children in bed, then have the lounge room to ourselves.

The best weekend getaway stay?

I spent my childhood at the picturesque, small coastal town of South West Rocks on the Mid-north Coast of NSW, which is where we love to escape to when time permits. Great beaches, lots to do – if you want – and many small cafes with locally-caught seafood and fresh produce.

The best place for a late-night feed?

When in Melbourne, the kitchen team and I are always keen to hit Ling Nam for anything XO; especially their pipis, or shredded duck pancake. We also loved the Supper Inn for their Chinese suckling pig. 
 
Support Your Local - Dean Alsford, The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak Lodge, Qld.
Chinese suckling pig from Supper Inn in Melbourne.

Where do you grab your local produce from?

For the best protein, Rose City Premium Meats in Warwick, partners with a network of local farmers to ensure they source the best beef, lamb and pork. Because they have their own smoker, a team of passionate craftspeople and now a waste policy, they also offer a tempting range of ham, bacon and other smoked treats.

Rose City Fruits is also another family-owned business, which supports growers first and always has the freshest in-season fruit and veg. They also happen to be welcoming, friendly people like most country folk. 

Tell us a fun fact that not many people know about you?

I’m newly, but fully immersed via the deep end, in brewing beer at home – mostly variants of IPAs, NEIPAs, Hazy IPA and different ales.

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