If you prefer not to go out for a meal, the Hunter Valley is blessed with delis stocking great cheeses and smallgoods that you can bring back to the Villa or Cottage and enjoy on the deck.
At the Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry (64 Majors Lane – just off Lovedale Road) there is an amazing array of smoked smallgoods (fish, shellfish, meats, game, poultry – you name it) as well as patés, terrines and cheeses. Charcuterie platters available.
Leaves & Fishes (on Lovedale Road) has reopened in a casual format (or takeaway) from Thursday to Monday.
Lillino’s Trattoria, just down the road, does pasta and pizza takeaways Thursday to Monday.
Binnorie Dairy & Café (southern end of Lovedale Road) specialises in soft cheeses: try the sensational Duetto.
In Pokolbin, go to the Smelly Cheese Shop (in Roche Estate) for an amazing selection of local and imported cheese.
At the Two Fat Blokes Kitchen & Deli (691 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin) you can get picnic hampers and dinner packs – the hardest part is choosing the wine to go with them!
Make your own pizzas in the wood-fired pizza oven at the pavilion on the hillside
LOVEDALE RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS
Lillinos Trattoria – Talga Road
Leaves & Fishes – Lovedale Road
Wandin Restaurant, cnr Talga and Lovedale Road
Binnorie Dairy Café, Lovedale Road
Amandas on the Edge Restaurant – Wine Country Drive
Red Salt Restaurant @ Crowne Plaza
Lovedale Smokehouse Café – Majors Lane
Emersons @ Adina – Lovedale Road
Tatler Tapas – Lovedale Road
The Deck Café @ Gartelmann Wines – Lovedale Road. Currently opening Friday and Saturday 5.30 to 7.30 pm for dinner tapas.