Delicious lunch spots to try in the Hunter Valley

Eating is a highlight of any visit to the Hunter Valley. Whether you’re after a relaxed meal with a view or a taste of Australia, add these lunch spots to your travel itinerary.

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

May 2023 -
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Lunch with a view: Bistro Molines

Bistro Molines is the kind of place you’ll arrive at and never want to leave. From the dreamy setting overlooking rolling hills of vines to the food and service, everything is perfection. The decor transports you to the south of France, replete with wrought-iron chairs and candelabras, whitewashed cupboards and elaborate flower arrangements. When the sun is shining, book a table in the paved courtyard. Then order dishes like house-smoked quail on a cassoulet of beans, or baked figs filled with gorgonzola wrapped in prosciutto. If you can’t bear to tear yourself away, check in to the on-site Little Orchard Cottage.  

French bistro inspired dishes from Bistro Molines in Mount View, Hunter Valley

Bistro Molines, Mount View

Casual lunch dining: Leaves & Fishes

You could spend a day – multiple even – at Leaves & Fishes, which is part homewares store, part accommodation and part restaurant. It’s the latter that draws crowds come lunchtime. Whether you choose to eat in the dining room or on the lush grounds, you’ll be treated to Asian-inspired dishes like soft shell crab with Singapore chilli sauce, or szechuan-spiced chicken wings with pepper caramel and roasted peanuts. We wouldn’t blame you for ordering the fish and chips to enjoy on a picnic rug in the sun.  

Exterior view of The Store, located within Leaves and Fishes, Lovedale

Leaves and Fishes, Lovedale - Credit: Nikki To

Modern Italian with a local twist: éRemo Restaurant

The ethos at éRemo – the resident restaurant at Spicer’s Guesthouse – is all about connecting with local producers to create one-of-a-kind dishes. While the mod-Italian fare is undoubtedly the star of the show, once you visit, you’ll also want to linger thanks to the stunning views over the neighbouring vineyards. The kitchen serves up lunch seven days a week, and visitors can drop by for a meal even if they are not staying at the accommodation. Order generous serves of rock lobster and Calabrian chilli bucatini, roasted scallops with nduja cream, or dry-aged roasted Aylesbury duck coated in peach and muscatel chutney. If you are feeling especially hungry, opt for the ‘Avido’ (which means “greedy” in Italian) set menu, an indulgent four-course feast.

Burrata Ravioli at éRemo Restaurant, Hunter Valley

éRemo Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Farm-to-fork dining: Circa 1867

Lazy lunches don’t get much better than those enjoyed at Circa 1867, tucked into a heritage cottage overlooking Roscrea Estate’s verdant kitchen garden. Needless to say, the menu is all about paddock-to-plate fare. Eggs come from the property’s Japanese quails, veggies are plucked daily, butters and breads are made in-house. It’s hard to resist dishes like the smoked confit pork belly and wild-caught snapper, but there are plenty of options that hero vegetables as well. Because when they’re this fresh… 

Main Dining Room at Circa 1876, Roscrea Estate

Circa 1876, Roscrea Estate

A taste of Australia: Kawul

From bush tomatoes to lemon myrtle, saltbush and macadamia, Kawul is dedicated to heroing native Australian produce. Set on the family-owned Calais Estate and with endless views of vines, the restaurant’s menu is forward-thinking and relaxed. Which means you might start with damper and confit garlic or saltbush polenta chips, and then move on to Daintree barramundi on a bed of burnt onion puree. The dark chocolate fondant with bee pollen and wattleseed ice-cream is not to be missed.

Kawul at Calais Estate Winery, Polkolbin

Kawul at Calais Estate Winery, Polkolbin - Credit: Nikki To

French fare with flair: Mount Broke Restaurant

They say good things come in threes, and is absolutely the case at Mount Broke Restaurant. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests can pair wine tasting with a bistro lunch menu and beautiful views over the estate’s vines and the surrounding Brokenback Range. Overseen by French chef Julie Chevallier, the seasonal blackboard menu is European-inspired, so expect dishes like duck confit mushrooms with pommes sarladaises and truffle cream, or rib-eye steak cooked on the bone served with grenaille parsley potatoes and green salad. Leave room for the decadent desserts: the vanilla crème brûlée and chocolate fondant don’t disappoint.

Rainbow over the vineyard at Mount Broke Wines, Hunter Valley

Mount Broke Wines & Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Lunch spots in Hunter Valley FAQs

What restaurants are open for lunch during weekdays in the Hunter Valley?

What restaurants are open for lunch during weekdays in the Hunter Valley?

There are plenty of restaurants open in the Hunter Valley on weekdays. Bistro Molines and Kawul are open Thursday through Monday; éRemo is open seven days a week; Leaves & Fishes is open Friday through Monday and Circa 1867 is open on Fridays as well as weekends.

What's the best place in the Hunter Valley to have lunch with a view?

What's the best place in the Hunter Valley to have lunch with a view?

Lunch with a view is a common occurrence in the Hunter Valley. Audrey Wilkinson has beautiful views across the valley, Bistro Molines is perfect for Sunday lunch with vine views and The Mill wows with unbroken mountain views. Take your pick.

Where can you get a good coffee in the Hunter Valley?

Where can you get a good coffee in the Hunter Valley?

Wine isn’t the only beverage that the Hunter Valley does well. For excellent coffee drop in on Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery, Enzo, Cocoa Nib (grab delicious chocolates while you’re there) or Worn Out Wares.

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