Darley’s History

Blue Mountains Dining

Steeped in history, Darley’s Restaurant is set in the heritage listed, original homestead of Sir Frederick Darley, the sixth Chief Justice of NSW and is a tribute to a bygone era.   

Sir Fredrick Matthew Darley was born in 1830 in Dublin, Ireland. He married his wife, Lucy Forest Brown, in December 1860, who was born in Melbourne. They met while she was traveling with her brother to England. 

He arrived in Australia in 1862, on the advice of the Chief Justice of NSW who convinced him that he would further his career in the colony. Sir Frederick was knighted in 1887, and served five times as Lieutenant Governor of NSW, one such term spanning of the Commonwealth of Australia of 1901. 

In August 1888 Sir Frederick Darley purchased over 11 acres of land adjacent to Echo Point in Katoomba. He built a summer residence for the family over the year of 1889, designed by architect Varney Parkes (son of Henry Parkes).The Darleys had seven children, five daughters and two sons, and it was Lilian, who died of tuberculosis at age 22, for whom the Katoomba property was named. 

The property was used for a summer residence and nearly every noted visitor to Australia accepted the Darleys’ hospitality enjoying the magnificent outlook. Royalty, Vice Royalty and Princes of Statesmanship, Jurisprudence, Science and Art came in to view the Mountains from the magnificent vantage point at Lilianfels. 

Before his death, Sir Frederick sold Lilianfels to George Begg Vickery in 1908, and again over the next 4 years Lilianfels was used as a summer residence only. In 1912 Mr Albert A Kemp of Sydney purchased Lilianfels and for the first time the house was used as a permanent residence. Mr Kemp was the first to subdivide the original land parcel, and sold the property in 1920.


It is assumed the house was named Lilianfels is in honour of Lilian, coupled with the German fels for high land.  Darley’s Restaurant is situated in the original Lilianfels House, which was built over 100 years ago. The restaurant has recently undergone a fresh refurbishment and still resides at Lilianfels Resort and Spa.

Darley's Restaurant

Award-winning Blue Mountains Restaurant


With views across the historic formal English gardens and the escarpment of Jamison Valley in the background, Darley’s Restaurant is Lilianfels Resort and Spa signature fine dining Blue Mountains restaurant, renowned for its fresh, local produce, fine wines and innovative cuisine. Offering modern Australian cuisine served as a la carte or degustation menus with specially selected local and imported wines. 

The main dining room of Darley’s restaurant seats up to 50 people and features two open ornate fireplaces, stunning leadlight windows, crystal chandeliers, luxurious designer wall prints, evocative artworks and plush furnishings that speak of style and grace. 

With its magnificent décor, Darley’s Restaurant sparkles with newly revived old world charm accentuated by a spectacular setting and unrivalled destination - The World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. 

Darley’s is a multi-award winning restaurant (2018, 2017,2016, 2015, 2014) inducted in the Australian Hotels Association Hall of Fame for Best Regional Restaurant in 2010 and more recently won the Tourism Accommodation Association NSW Awards for Excellence Regional Restaurant of the Year for 2013.

Opening Hours


  • 5.30pm to 9pm, Friday - Saturday.
  • 5.30pm to 9pm, Tuesday - Saturday (from Tue 16th June)

As Darley’s Restaurant is one of the Blue Mountains most popular fine dining restaurants, bookings are essential. Please book online or call +61 2 4780 1200 to make your booking today.

Terms and Conditions:

A set price for 3 course minimum applies per person applies to all Dinner bookings, excludes Special Events.

Booking of 5 and under: A 48-hours cancellation policy applies to your booking. Any cancellation within 48 hours will attract the Cancellation Charges of $125 per person.

Please note : Restaurant bookings will not be confirmed until you have been contacted by our Restaurant Manager to obtain your credit card details to guarantee your booking.

This will also assist us with any pre-arrival and/or dietary requirements .

Group bookings: Group bookings: For bookings of 6 or more people we will require a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the expected bill total. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $125 per person.

All changes and/or cancellation to bookings need to be communicated in writing. Cancellation charges: If you cancel for any reason inside the cancellation time, or do not arrive on your specified booking date then a full cancellation penalty of $125 per person will apply. 

Special events: Full prepayment is required for all Special Events (for example: Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Yulefest, Long Weekends and Ticketed events) . These bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable. Please refer to your event ticket, invoice or confirmation letter for further details. 


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