The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premium winemaking regions and boasts numerous cellar doors and pretty vineyards just waiting to be explored. But the wine isn’t the only thing that draws in visitors by the thousands. In fact, the valley is also renowned for its delectable foodie selections, many of which are made up of locally-grown, fresh produce.
Here are some of the best restaurants to try if you find yourself hungry in the Hunter Valley.
1. Sabor in the Hunter
This memorable experience is one of the Hunter Valley’s newest additions on the foodie scene. It boasts a menu filled with classic dishes, and there is a delicious selection of seasonal desserts to get stuck into.
2. San Martino Italian Bites
Serving up fine Italian fare, this restaurant can be found in the heart of the Hunter Valley. It prides itself on its family-run, welcoming atmosphere, but the alfresco dining area is also a huge hit.
3. Sebel Kirkton Park
Set insides the glorious confines of an old, colonial-style hotel, this fusion restaurant looks out over stunning views of the Brokenback Ranges and offers a fine dining experience for those looking to tuck into some of the more upmarket dishes available in the Hunter Valley.
4. Shakey Tables Restaurant
At this adventurous restaurant, you can try a range of innovative Australian dishes against a backdrop of an old country farmhouse.
5. Spicers Vineyards Estate – Botanica Restaurant
Set on one of the Valley’s vineyards, this restaurant offers a romantic place to grab a bite to eat. The dining room is particularly spectacular, with views out across the vineyard and beyond to the Brokenback Mountain Range. You can choose from a range of gourmet dishes here to keep the hunger pangs at bay.
6. Tamburlaine Vineyard Cellar Door
Another of the Valley’s vineyards provides excellent foodie fodder. This huge producer of organic wines also carries out private tastings for visitors who want to learn more about the region’s local produce and try flavours that reflect the serene calm of the valley.
7. Tapeo on Belmore
You can find this tapas restaurant in the riverside suburb of Lorn. Enjoy delicious small plates while dining against the rustic courtyard backdrop for the ultimate countryside experience.
Eating in the Hunter Valley is a delightful experience, especially when the innovative, local dishes are paired with the region’s world-famous wines.