Where to eat in the Hunter Valley

Looking for somewhere to eat in the Hunter Valley but don’t really know where to go?

The area is not short on restaurants – but it isn’t always easy to know which eateries are going to satisfy your taste buds. So here’s Hunter Valley Tours selection of restaurants and cafes we think are worthy of a recommendation.

There’s a good variety on our list of places to eat in the Hunter Valley from cheap eats to the more upmarket establishments – so take a seat, inspect the menu and take your pick from the Hunter Valley’s absolute best restaurants.

Taste of the Country

Taste of the Country

Taste of the Country is a place where guests feel like they’re dining at home. The food is always fresh, the staff offers a warm welcome and breakfast can be served any time of the day!

The popular restaurant has something for everyone on their menu and offers thick and juicy burgers, fresh wraps, hearty dinners, desserts, their famous scones and a great range of teas, coffees, beers and local wines.

Taste of the Country comes with its very own mascot, Matilda the cow, who acts as the perfect photo opportunity as guests enter the café.

Location: 11/2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Phone: 02 4998 6605

Kawul

Kawul

Restaurants serving aboriginal cuisine are few and far between—unless you know where to look. Kawul, co-owners Kassidy Waters and Kim Scott were both Wanaruah people and are immensely proud of their heritage. They wanted their menu to reflect their plant-based diet using local, native and organic produce that would have been used by their ancestors.

With its stunning views of Calais Estate’s vineyards, hillsides and dams, the café’s menu is loaded with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, but their speciality for us is their spiced pumpkin, chickpea, eschalot, almond and wild rice salad with citrus dressing.

Location: 151 Palmers Lane, Rothbury NSW 2320

Phone: 02 4998 7333

Restaurant Cuvee

Restaurant Cuvee

Located within the rustic sandstone walls of Peterson House, Restaurant Cuvee is known as the Gateway to the Hunter Valley Wineries.

The establishment prides itself on their exceptional service and has become a hit with locals and tourists alike for its Bubbly Breakfast consisting of free-range eggs, bacon, sautéed button mushrooms, baby spinach, marinated tomatoes, golden hash browns and toasted sourdough, as expected by the name, breakfast also includes a glass of Peterson House sparkling wine and chocolate.

Restaurant Cuvee’s menu has been designed to provide something for everyone and offers a wide range of food from quick bites in between wine tastings to leisurely lunches.

Location: Corner Broke Road and Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin, NSW 2320

Phone: 02 4998 7881

Matilda Bay Brewhouse

Matilda Bay Brewhouse

A true gem in the Hunter Valley, the Matilda Bay Brewhouse is loved by locals and tourists alike. The intimate restaurant is located in the Hunter Valley Resort and offers a stunning interior with only a glass wall separating guests from the original brewhouse.

Sit down for dinner at the intimate Brewhouse and enjoy a beef cheek braised in peppercorns and Shiraz with a glass or two of local wine. Don’t forget to try out Hunter Valley Resort’s unique Beer Tasting Paddle with accompanying tasting notes for up to 12 brews including Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Lagers, Ales, Stout and Cider, plus their regular ‘special’ brews.

Location: Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Phone: 02 4998 7777

Bistro Molines

Bistro Molines

Feel like dining the Parisian way? Bistro Molines looks like you’ve landed in the heart of France with quaint iron chairs, crisp white cupboards, a paved courtyard and vines that stretch out over the countryside.

The menu reflects the owner’s French roots with one of the favourites on the menu being the Salted Peppers and Tapas for starters and the succulent Chicken Stew for the main course. Don’t forget to save room for the Petite Sponge Cupcake to finish off.

The food isn’t the only attraction at Bistro Molines; the views are some of the most romantic in the Hunter Valley. Perched on a hillside looking over vineyards, the restaurant offers a relaxed and elegant atmosphere to take in the surrounding scenery.

Location: 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View NSW 2325

Phone: 02 4990 9553

EXP Restaurant

EXP Restaurant

There’s no need to worry that there might not be something on the menu at EXP Restaurant – there is!

The restaurant’s seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness to offer an impactful flavour. At EXP Restaurant, you’ll always be made welcome and free to enjoy every bite, every sip and every moment of your dining experience.

You can take your pick of seating areas with the dining room offering an intimate feel with handcrafted local furniture. Guests can also sit along the bar to view into the kitchen; you might even get a chance to speak with Chef Frank Fawkner as he works his magic.

Location: 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin 2320 NSW

Phone: 02 4998 6585

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