Top Places to Eat in the Hunter Valley
Heading to the Hunter Valley?
It’s Scarborough’s stomping ground – we’ve tried and tested all the top places to eat and discovered a few insider secrets to let out of the bag.
Tourism and the Hunter Valley go hand in hand – it’s been one of Australia’s top wine destinations for decades. Sydneysiders can venture north to Pokolbin in an easy two-hour drive and find themselves in the heart of one of Australia’s most loved wine regions.
The Hunter Valley is buzzing with brilliant places to eat, and we thought it only fair to share our insider secrets. We hope this helps you plan and book your dining experiences well in advance.
Let us know what you think of these spots the next time you’re in the neighborhood. Bon appétit!
Casual Hunter Dining
A local icon that is consistently delicious. The daily curry is always a winner, as are the picturesque views from the restaurant.
1039 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
The Mill Restaurant
Gorgeous views over Hermitage Road accompany the comfortable surroundings of this restaurant.
Cnr Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin
It's always a thrill to walk through the winery to get to the restaurant and the recent addition of the Bimbadgen Pizzeria just adds to the appeal.
790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Romantic Hunter Restaurants
Every guest is made to feel special at this iconic Hunter Valley bistro. Enjoy Robert Molines’ French background expressed in traditional dishes such as duck liver pâté, fillet mignon and mussels marinière, and his wife’s Sally’s passion for fresh produce in the herbs and vegetables from her on-site garden. Don’t miss the cheese gougères!
Carillion Wines, 749 Mount View Road, Mount View
Much of the produce is sourced directly from their own kitchen garden, and the wine list is fabulous - boasting local treasures and imports.
555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Truly a must-do dining experience in the Hunter Valley. With renowned chef Troy Rhoades-Brown at the helm, the menu changes seasonally and is always to die for. Don't miss the signature 'Muse Coconut' dessert.
Broke Road, Pokolbin
Specialised Hunter Dining
As the pioneers of Agri-Dining in the Hunter Valley, Margan are committed to ‘estate grown, estate made’ ethos. Their menus are crafted around the harvest from their one-hectare kitchen garden & orchard to maintain a hyper-local focus. In addition, they have their own olive trees, free range chickens, beehives and raise their own lambs, all of which is incorporated into the menus.
1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke
Yellow Billy Restaurant
Focussing on the art of cooking over fire, Yellow Billy’s drawcard is a custom-made fire pit which is used daily to cook proteins and vegetables. The menu is flexible and designed to be shared, and matched to a progressive list of local, national and international wines that are desperate to be paired with anything off the grill.
Piggs Peake Winery, 697 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Food is at the heart of EXP. and they create dishes that are an EXP.ression of Australian cuisine. The menu is driven by the seasons and produce but most importantly focused on flavour and a dining EXP.erience that is delicious, entertaining and interactive.
Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin
Arrived late afternoon and need a quick fix before wine tasting? Drop into the Hunter Valley’s Tempus Two winery centre in the heart of the region to pick up sushi, sashimi or spring rolls for small bites or teriyaki, teppan yaki or pad thai for larger appetites. It’s delicious and very portable! Tastes even better in your hotel room in front of TV.
Corner Broke and McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin
Burgers by HMC
Located right next to Hungerford Meat Co Butchery you can swing by, grab a burger and pick up something fabulous for your stay your stay in the Hunter. You will not regret taking the little detour into Branxton.
47 Maitland St, Branxton
If you're craving a burger after a day of wine tasting, these are perfect. With classic cheeseburgers, vegetarian and a vegan option, these are super tasty and there's an option for everyone.
2 North Ave, Cessnock
Local Hunter Valley Produce
Binnorie Dairy has been around for a while now, but they have more recently moved to larger premises on Lovedale Rd and are offering more than just cheese. You can grab a light lunch or a coffee while you try some of the Hunter Valley's delicious local cheeses.
Corner of Lodge Road. and Lovedale Road, Lovedale
Think: platter heaven. A range of smoked cheeses, seafood and cured meats, along with jerky, pâtés and terrines.
64 Majors Lane, Lovedale
Wollombi Road Providore
Fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, complemented by a range of small goods, local dairy and meats.
80 Wollombi Road, Cessnock
Hunter Valley Breakfast
Nothing says luxury like bubbly for breakfast and Peterson House is known for their sparkling. At Restaurant Cuvée, indulge in a modern Australian menu that emphasises local and seasonal ingredients, accompanied by a choice of over 40 different sparkling wines. The perfect spot for a special occasion.
Corner Broke Road & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin
Arguably one of the best breakfast spots in the Hunter Valley, and a local favourite. The breakfast board is the best way to get yourself fortified for a day of wine tasting.
Broke Road & Ekerts Road, Pokolbin
Renowned for the bubbly breakfast, it would be rude not to have a glass of bubbles with your eggs!
Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW