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Eating in the Hunter Valley

Visited December 2012

We were doing a spontaneous  quick trip to the Hunter Valley so we didn’t have much time to sample all the delights and gourmet treats the Hunter Valley has to offer.  I will share a couple of places we did try and like.


We had lunch at the Brokenback Bar which is located at the Tuscany Wine Estate.  Brokenback Bar has casual but delicious meals and a lovely view as you can see in the photos.  Despite it being a very hot day we sat on the verandah to enjoy that view.  The people taking advantage of the air conditioning did look cooler but didn’t have the unobstructed views.  They have a ramp at the front door allowing access to the inside of the restaurant but there is one step onto the verandah where we sat.  It was lovely to sit back enjoying our meal with a glass of Hunter Valley wine after our trip from Sydney.   Prices were very reasonable and the menu had a good variety.  I had vegetarian quiche with salad and my husband had slow cooked lamb pasta.  Wood fired pizzas seemed to be what the majority of people ordered the day we visited.

There is a stand alone disabled toilet facility outside the restaurant.

Along with the Brokenback Bar there is a cheese shop, a wine tasting room and a fine dining restaurant.

The day we were there it was a peaceful place to have lunch, helping us to leave the bustle of city life behind.


Shop 11, Hunter Valley Gardens village shops, Broke Road, Pokolbin

This café was recommended to us by a local and I’m glad we took her advice.  Located in the middle of the Hunter Valley village shops this was a great spot for our family for lunch.  Our son wasn’t feeling 100% and Louise, the staff member looking after us, was a breath of fresh air making the kids feel welcome and taking a real interest in them both.  My husband and I both had burgers and they were very hearty! (see picture)  I could have easily shared but stoically made my way through the meal.  The ploughman’s lunch I saw going to other tables looked very appealing.

I can highly recommend their homemade fizzy lemonade on a hot day.  It was a real thirst quencher.

AJ’s Tip

They have colouring in sheets and pencils for kids which I liked.

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