Food and Wine in Tamworth Area
The tasty Tamworth region in northern NSW is a treat for your tastebuds, with wine tasting at cool-climate wineries, paddock-to-plate dining, heritage pubs, fresh produce markets, and fun food and wine festivals. You can even catch rainbow trout at the Arc-en-ciel Trout Farm, near pretty Nundle.
From the fertile Liverpool Plains around Gunnedah and Quirindi to the New England high country vineyards around Uralla is one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions. The produce is showcased at the 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April and in many restaurants in Tamworth and surrounds.
At CH on Peel enjoy the fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours. Taste sizzling Dungowan Valley steaks at the sSs BBQ Barn. Southwest of Australia’s country music capital, near Quirindi, Graze serves succulent beef and lamb reared on Colley Creek pastures just two km away.
You’ll relish hearty meals in classic pubs throughout the region as well. The Pig and Tinder Box in Tamworth dates back to 1848. On the way to Quirindi, stop off at 1838-built Currabubula Pub & Cafe. For inviting beer gardens, visit the 1860 Peel Inn in Nundle and the 1881 Top Pub in Uralla.
Tamworth is part of the acclaimed New England wine region. Northeast of Tamworth is enticing Uralla, where you can enjoy cellar doors and vineyard restaurants at Merilba Estate and Eastview Estate. For a fine selection of craft beers, visit the New England Brewing Co.’s converted woolstore.
The annual one-day Seasons of New England celebrates the region’s producers in March, with many tempting stalls and live music. On scenic drives you can buy seasonal produce from farm gates, and in Tamworth and other towns enjoy shopping for delicious locally made treats at gourmet stores.
Odgers and McClelland is in a beautifully preserved colonial village shop in Nundle, southeast of Tamworth. On the weekend, browse homemade cakes and preserves and fresh local produce at Nundle Craft Inc. Another delightful day out is the annual Nundle Country Picnic in March.