The Hunter Valley chefs Around Hermitage are passionate about their food! They grow their own vegetables and herbs, the eggs are likely to be from their own free range chickens. Freshly made pasta, homemade salamis, locally made cheeses and succulent beef are all on the menu. Locally grown olives, garlic, olive oils and other produce are also on offer.

There are so many mouth-watering delights, edible art Around Hermitage beautifully matched with our local wines. The Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail has a wide range of Hunter Valley dining options from fine dining to relaxed cafe style. Catering, takeaways and picnic hampers are also available.

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Brokenback Bar

Work Cnr Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7288 Visit the Website
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The Brokenback Bar is open daily from 12 noon until late serving light meals all day.

Playing chilled and upbeat music with relaxed seating both inside and out; enjoy the open fireplace in winter or the alfresco terrace in summer whilst enjoying the laid back menu of tapas, wood fired pizza, pasta and cook-your-own BBQ. Cocktails, local wines, sweet treats and a selection of Movenpick ice cream add an interesting flavour to your dining experience.

Takeaway is available until 9pm daily.

DenMar Estate Wines

Work 479 Hermitage Road Pokolbin 2320 Phone: 02 6574 7291 Visit the Website
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DenMar Estate is one of the smallest producers of wine in the Hunter Valley, producing high quality single vineyard wines.  We have 4 varieties of grapes, being Chardonnay and Semillon in the white variety and Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the reds.  Our wines have been well awarded over the years with current wines on sale receiving the following awards:  2009 Chardonnay a Gold Medal 2013 Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers show, plus 2 Silver Medals in the 2010 & 2011 Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show and a silver medal in the prestigious 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show; 2010 Semillon a Bronze Medal NSW Small Winemakers Show, 2009 Pinot Noir a Bronze Medal in 2011 Boutique Winemakers Show.

DenMar Estate Cellar Door is currently open 4 days a week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday between 10:30am and 5pm or by appointment for small groups of six up to sixteen.

Cafe DenMar is adjacent to our Cellar Door and is currently operating for our accommodation guests and for groups of 12 to 20 persons for private bookings and functions.

Taste and Play: enjoy wine tasting and a game of boules at our cellar door.

Produce: a range of olive oils from locally grown olives.

Restaurant Botanica

Work 555 Hermitage Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 6574 7229 Visit the Website
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Modern Australian yet regionally distinctive in style, the menu at Restaurant Botanica is focused on seasonality and freshness, perfectly complemented by an award-winning wine list and stunning views looking out across our private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range. The restaurant’s very own kitchen garden is the source of many of the herbs and vegetables that add a wholesome and healthy dimension to the dishes.

Weddings: enquire about weddings at our property.

Open for Dinner 7 days a week from 6-11pm. Lunch Saturday and Sunday 12-3pm. Lunch weekdays by appointment.

Matilda Bay Brewhouse + Dining

Work Hunter Valley Resort Cnr Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7777 Visit the Website
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Winemakers often say “It takes a lot of beer to make a quality wine…” So what better way to finish a hard day of wine tasting in the Hunter Valley Wine Country than with a cleansing beer…

We have twelve (12) amazing craft brews (Including our famous Alcoholic Ginger Beer made onsite) for you to smell, look at, analyse, and taste…. All research and development for your palate!

So come and laze away the afternoon listening to great music, or choose something delicious off the blackboard menu.

Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

EXP Restaurant

Work 1596 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7264 Visit the Website
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EXP. restaurant is a hidden gem located in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley. The dining room is chic and intimate with hand crafted local furniture. Guests can sit along the bar and peer directly into the kitchen while interacting with Chef Frank Fawkner and his team. The restaurant garden sits just beyond the confines of the dining room.

EXP. restaurant has designed a menu to let the guest EXP.lore as they wish. If you would like to enjoy the full EXP.erience, leave it to the team to design a 7 course menu.

We offer a minimum 2 courses per person at $45, 3 courses at $60 and 4 courses at $70. Prices will be subject to change on public holidays.


This is our expression of food and dining that reflects the seasons, local produce and the teams hunger to evolve. The tasting menu is comprised of 7 courses at $100 and Oakvale Wines to match $50

Opening Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday (Lunch/Dinner) 12.00pm – 3.00pm & 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sunday (Lunch) 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Peter Drayton Wines at Ironbark Hill Vineyard

Work 694 Hermitage Road Pokolbin NSW 2322 Phone: 02 6574 7085 Visit the Website
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Peter Drayton 5th generation wine family, Ironbark Hill Vineyard is a relaxed venue with a café. Enjoy a cheese platter or ploughmans lunch while wine tasting on the verandah. We have award winning wines and easy drinking styles to suit most palates.

Open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and Sundays 11am to 4pm. Coffee and food also available at those times.

RidgeView Restaurant

Work 273 Sweetwater Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 6574 7332 Visit the Website
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Set overlooking our picturesque vineyards, RidgeView Restaurant is the perfect setting for our ‘sharing’ style menu. Using the freshest produce from our onsite organic kitchen garden our Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired cuisine is designed as sharing dishes known as “Mezedhes”. With a choice of meat, seafood and vegetarian options we cater for all dietary requirements. For those with time and an appetite we offer our signature “Cypriot Meze”; a feast designed for 2 or more and comprising 12 Mezedhes dishes over 4 courses. Whether a couple or a group, slowly graze al fresco on our verandah overlooking the picturesque vineyards – the perfect casual dining experience. RidgeView wines are also available at cellar door prices.

Our Passion, Your Reward“.

Restaurant Open
Breakfast 9am – 11.30am Friday – Sunday
Lunch & Dinner (all day dining) Thursday – Sunday (from 12 midday)

Hunter Distillery

Work 1686 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Australia Phone: 02 4998 6737 Fax: 02 4998 6738 Visit the Website
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Hunter Distillery Cellar Door is open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm. We make and sell top shelf spirits, including Gin, Vodka, Liqueurs and Schnapps. We only use premium quality organic raw ingredients for our spirit. Our full range is available for taste. There is a $5.00 tasting fee per person, refundable upon purchase of a Hunter Distillery made product at time of tasting. Bookings essential for groups.

Tintilla Estate Vineyard & Olive Grove

Work 725 Hermitage Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 6574 7093 Visit the Website
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Come and enjoy a Hunter Valley Cheese platter with a glass of wine on our deck or sample our Vinegar, Vincotto, Verjuice, Relish’s, Olives & Olive Oils or Tapenade.

Weddings: enquire about weddings at our property.

Open 10.30am-6pm 7 days, Group booking welcome.

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

Work 1616 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2321 Phone: 02 4998 6699 Visit the Website
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We are open 7 days from 9 am – 5 pm and serve a sumptuous breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 7.30 am. Lunch is nice and casual – a menu offering many choices of snacks or more formal dishes at very reasonable prices. The deli is stocked with an amazing range of local, Australian and International cheeses. We also have a big range of Authentic smallgoods, sourced from the best Artisan producers – Prosciutto & salamis from Italian butchers or the very popular range of Kransky sausages from Mentges butchery in Taree. We also stock smoked Trout from Arc-de-Ciel troutfarm in Nundle, Fresh bread, baked daily and fresh pasta & pasta sauces.

Taste and Play: enjoy a meal and a game of boules, croquet, giant chess, volleyball or badminton.

Muse Kitchen

Work Keith Tulloch Wine Cnr Hermitage& Deasys Roads Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7899 Visit the Website
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Muse Kitchen boasts a personal approach to food, wine and service delivering European inspired food that is season and produce driven. Open Wednesday – Sunday from 12noon for lunch & Saturday from 6.30pm for Dinner.

SMH Good Food Guide – One Hat.

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard

Work 298 MacDonalds Road Pokolbin NSW 2329 Phone: 02 4998 7524 Visit the Website
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Belebula Vineyard, located on Old North Road in Pokolbin, was planted in 1999 to Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, on a geological formation known as the Belford Dome of Limestone. This is an elevated, exposed site and slopes away steeply towards the West.  Arguably the most successful small producer of wine in Australia.

Tasting and sales of multi award winning vintage wines that capture distinct varietal character in harmony with full body flavours. Belebula wines can be purchased from Pokolbin Estate Vineyard.

The cellar door showcases other varietal wines which include Semillon, Shiraz and Riesling which is the only Estate grown Riesling in the Hunter Valley.  Pokolbin Estate Vineyard have won many awards and Trophies which include Winestate Semillon of The Year in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013 and the coveted Winestate Riesling of the year with our 2011 Riesling.

Produce: Our Olive Centre has grown to be one of the largest specialty food outlets in the Hunter Valley. We have a range of over four hundred locally made products on display, of which forty are available for tasting at any one time.

Opening hours are Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

RidgeView Wines

Work 273 Sweetwater Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 6574 7332 Visit the Website
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RidgeView wines is a family owned boutique producer of multi award winning, 100% Hunter Valley wines. Sample from Riedel glasses our flagship “Generations” Semillon and Shiraz or modern style “Impressions” Chardonnay and Shiraz, all of which have won many gold medals. We also produce an eclectic array of estate grown wines which include varieties such as Pinot Gris, Viognier, Traminer, Merlot, Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Our Passion, Your Reward”.

Taste and Play : enjoy wine tasting and a game of boules or giant chess at our cellar door.

Produce:  selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

Cellar Door open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm.

La Glace Gourmet Produce & Dessert Bar

Work Hunter Valley Resort Cnr Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7777 Visit the Website
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La Glace is the oldest and probably best confectionary in Denmark. Founded in the middle of old Copenhagen in 1870, it has through six generations delivered joy and quality to Copenhagen and its visitors.

The owners of Hunter Valley Resort also have generations of Danish heritage. Great grandparents, grandparents, and parents of the current generation were all hoteliers in Copenhagen. And La Glace was their favourite cafe growing up.

In the best of Danish tradition, please come in and visit La Glace Gourmet Produce & Dessert Bar for the freshest Serendipity Ice Creams; Pokolbin Chocolates + Jams, Homemade Cakes, Belarna Olive Oils, Beeswax Candles, Heavenly Hunter Handmade Soap, and of course Organic Amber Coffee.

Open Friday – Sunday from 11am till 4pm.

The Mill Restaurant

Work Cnr Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7288 Visit the Website
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Set on a gentle hill and signified by the Windmill on the corner of the property, The Mill Restaurant, run by award-winning Executive Chef Rebecca Kaye, boasts views which are a true Hunter Valley picture with rolling vineyards framed by the Brokenback Ranges.

The Mill Restaurant offers a modern Australian cuisine and is perfect for fine dining, a formal dinner, corporate dinner with a difference, winemakers dinner, weddings (to remember for all the right reasons), a birthday celebration or Christmas Day Luncheon and New Years Eve dinner.

Open for breakfast 8am until 10am and dinner from 6:30pm, 7 days a week, lunch on Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm until 4pm. Bookings are essential.

Misty Glen Wines

Work 293 Deasys Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 02 4998 7781 Visit the Website
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Visit Misty Glen and try some of our fabulous wines in a relaxed atmosphere amongst the vines. We have a great range of wines from traditional Semillon to the unusual Sparkling Chambourcin and our new Blanc de Blanc all made from grapes grown on our vineyard. Enjoy our wines with a sumptuous meal or simply when relaxing on the verandah.

Accolades: James Halliday 4 star winery; Blanc de Blanc – Silver medal Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show 2011.

Varieties: Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin.

Open: Friday, Sunday, Monday 10-4pm, Saturday 10-5pm other times by appointment.

Groups: welcome up to 15 people, bookings essential.

Vineyard Tours: on request.

Taste and Play: enjoy wine tasting and a game of boules or croquet at our cellar door.

Produce: a range of A Taste of the Bush products including macadamia nut oils, dukka and caramalised balsamic vinegar.

Macquariedale Organic Wines

Work 170 Sweetwater Road Rothbury NSW 2335 Phone: 02 6574 7012 Visit the Website
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We are a fully Certified Organic/Biodynamic vineyard and winery which offers a wide range of natural wines that have a clarity and intensity of flavour. We specialise in the grapes which are most suited to the Hunter Valley region i.e. Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Come and experience these beautiful wines which include a vintage Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend and are all chemical free produced with minimal preservative ( sulphur 220) levels. We also have a range of Olive Oil and fresh Garlic when in season for you to purchase.

Cellar Door is open 7 days 10am to 5pm (Christmas / Boxing Days excluded).

Tours: enquire about winery and vineyard tours.