Tamworth region food and wine
Home to fertile farmland and wine country, the Tamworth region in northern NSW is a treat for the tastebuds. Sample cool-climate wines, indulge in paddock-to-plate dining and relax over lunch at heritage pubs. You can even catch your own rainbow trout at the Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm.
With the Liverpool Plains around Gunnedah and Quirindi, and New England High Country vineyards around Uralla, the Tamworth area is one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions. Local produce is showcased at farmers markets and the Taste Tamworth Festival in April.
You’ll find farm-fresh produce in many restaurants. At DECO Wine Bar & Restaurant enjoy a modern Australian menu. Taste sizzling locally-grown steaks at the SSS BBQ Barn. Near Quirindi, Graze serves succulent beef and lamb reared on Colley Creek pastures.
Then there’s historic pubs serving up hearty meals. The Pig and Tinder Box in Tamworth dates back to 1848. On the way to Quirindi, stop off at the 1838-built Currabubula Pub & Cafe. For great beer gardens, visit the 1860-built Peel Inn in Nundle and the 1881-built Top Pub in Uralla.
Tamworth is part of the acclaimed New England wine region. Northeast of Tamworth is Uralla, where you can visit cellar doors and vineyard restaurants at Merilba Estate and Eastview Estate. For a fine selection of craft beers, stop by the New England Brewing Company.
The annual one-day Seasons of New England Expo celebrates the region’s producers in March, with stalls and live music. On scenic drives you can buy seasonal produce from farm gates, and in Tamworth and other towns enjoy shopping for locally-made treats at gourmet stores.