5 of the Best Hunter Valley Restaurants

5 of the best Hunter Valley Restaurants
5 of the best Hunter Valley Restaurants

We know the Hunter Valley is famous for producing Australia’s best wines, but it is also earning a good reputation of producing some of the country’s best restaurants, in essence, becoming a double threat to the existing leaders of the nation’s restaurant top restaurants.

Here is a list of what we think are 5 of the best eats in the Hunter Valleys Pokolbin/ Lovedale region.

1. EXP. Restaurant

EXP. Restaurant, Hunter Valley
EXP. Restaurant. Image sourced facebook/exprestaurant.com

Located onsite at Oakvale Winery, Head Chef and Owner Frank Fawkner, has created a masterpiece for food and wine lovers alike. Whilst sitting at the locally handcrafted bar diners are immersed in local produce and art in a chic, modern and intimate experience. Their idea of using local sourced produce and goods they can really nail the wine and food matchmaking experience, which, is the core of what they do.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday (Lunch/Dinner) 12.00pm – 3.00pm & 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sunday (Lunch) 12.00pm – 3.00pm

1596 Broke Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW, 02 4998 7264

For more information visit their website www.exprestaurant.com.au

2. Muse Restaurant

Muse Restaurant, Hunter Valley
Muse Restaurant. Image source: winespectator.com.au

Located at Hungerford Hill Winery, Muse restaurant is claiming awards after awards in 2015-2016. Recently awarded the highly coveted 2 Chef Hats by the Sydney Morning Heralds good Food Guide and made the top 50 Australian Restaurants list published by ‘The Australian’ newspaper. Growing their own heirloom vegetables and flowers the team at muse really know how to infuse local produce together down to an art form. The menu is contemporary Australian and the dishes clearly articulate their expertise in the kitchen.

Opening Hours:

Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6.30pm – 10.00pm

2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW, 02 4998 6777

For more information visit their website www.musedining.com.au

3. Restaurant Botanica

Restaurant Botanica
Spicers Retreat. Image source: spicersretreat.com.au

Recently awarded the 2015 Dimmi award for Best for Romance, Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyard retreat is renowned for its outstanding views over its vineyard to the Brokenback mountain range in the distance. To complement their modern Australian cuisine sourcing locally grown produce including from their own veggie garden they also match perfectly with their award winning wines.

Opening Hours:

Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6.00pm – 10.00pm

555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW, 1300 192 868

For more information visit their website www.spicersretreat.com.au

4. PopUp Restaurant

PopUp Restaurant, Hunter Valley
PopUp Restaurant. Image sourced harkhamwine.com.au

The PopUp Restaurant at Harkham Wines is a real treat incorporating top sourced regional produce, natural local wines infused with latino street food and a bang on atmosphere. The tapas type menu will not disappoint if you love your Mexican/ Spanish dishes. This place is laid back, funky and all about the sharing the moment with a quirky twist.

Opening Hours:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Spring and Summer

266 Debeyers Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW, 0413 949 252

For more information visit their website www.harkhamwine.com.au


5. Emerson’s Café and Restaurant

Adina Vineyard
Adina Vineyard.Image sourced adinavineyard.com.au

Surrounded by both Vine and Olive grove at the Adina Vineyard the team at Emerson’s have built a reputation and network second to none when it comes to sourcing and using local ingredients. The ambiance is both intimate and relaxed at the same time, leading to its welcoming atmosphere. You can choose to dine a la carte on the verandah on warm evenings or sit at the chefs table and watch the chefs at work.

Opening Hours:

Breakfast – Saturday and Sunday 8.00am – 11.00am
Lunch – Wednesday to Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm
Dinner – Thursday to Sunday 6.00pm to 10.00pm

492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, 2325, NSW, 02 49 307 029

For more information visit their website www.emersonsrestaurant.com.au

These are just a few of the fantastic restaurants that the hunter Valley wine region has to offer and a listed in no particular order as they’re all our favourites!

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The Hunter Valley Getaways team