As Melbourne braces for life in lockdown 2.0 (0r 3.0, we’re not quite sure where we’re at) with month five of the Coronavirus bringing the city to a standstill, now more than ever is the time to rally behind our local hospitality industry as they face times of considerable doubt and hardship.

Among many great takeaway and delivery services now available from some of Melbourne’s top cafes and restaurants forced to adapt in new and innovative ways, there’s one food service that we couldn’t be happier see come to fruition.

Jackalope, one of Victoria’s most coveted accommodation locations sitting idyllically on the Mornington Peninsula, is, for the first time, offering the public the chance to place exclusive orders to have its on-site restaurant, Rare Hare, delivered to the comfort of your own home.

You can now take home delectable dishes like herb-crusted Kingfish with heirloom beans and tapenade, or Kangaroo pie with creamed potato and native relish, enjoyed with a glass of your favourite poison in your favourite trackies watching your favourite TV show (Ozark, anybody?).

“While road trips to the Peninsula are on pause, we’re thrilled to be able to deliver a taste of the region’s food and wine to Melbourne homes every weekend,” says Guy Stanaway, Group Executive Chef, Jackalope Hotels.

“With a new menu each week, we’ve also been able to bring back some of Rare Hare’s most-loved dishes and adapt them to dining at home. The heat-and-eat meals require little assembly, but that’s part of the fun of creating a “restaurant moment” in your kitchen.” Rare Hare

For those who haven’t visited, Rare Hare is the quaint, rustic cellar door restaurant at Jackalope Hotel – one of Australia’s best-rated hotels.

At the helm of the Rare Hare kitchen is renowned chef Guy Stanaway (ex-Aman Hotels), who, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, has thought of ways of continuing business through the hardships that the hospitality industry currently face.

Rare Hare At Home was Stanaway’s bright idea that is helping keep the wheels in motion for the Jackalope brand.

Rare Hare ready-made meals are delivered directly to your door and are designed to heat and eat. For $45 per person, you get freshly baked bread, two set sides, a choice of three mains and the option to add dessert, wine and even pre-mixed Curatif cocktails.

Rare Hare

The menu changes each week with orders needing to be placed by midday Wednesday for Peninsula-wide delivery (Fridays and Saturdays) and metro-Melbourne delivery (Fridays and Saturdays).

Rare Hare has also partnered with Black Star Pastry in St Kilda who will also serve as a Saturday ‘pick up’ point where you can also get your hands on its famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake for dessert.

“While these are challenging times for the industry, it’s been inspiring to watch chefs and restaurants adapt their offer, and more-so to watch Melbourne embrace the new dining normal.”

Rare Hare will continue its pick up and delivery service to the Peninsula and Melbourne whilst the hotel is closed and while people are unable to take day trips to the Mornington Peninsula for the foreseeable future.

To place your order for Rare Hare At Home, follow the link here