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Fireside feasting: the best spots to dine this winter

​Feeling the chill? Here's the inside scoop on the best spots to dine by a fireplace in the Hunter Valley (with a glass of red in hand).

​RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT

RidgeView Restaurant Executive Chef Donna Hollis and her team use fresh local produce to create their seasonal menu whilst their organic vegetable garden is tendered daily to supplement the fresh produce for their Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired menu. Warm up by their cosy wood fire for dinner. 

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

​This charming restaurant is perched on a hill with views from every table. At Amanda's on the Edge they don't over complicate the food, just nice hearty meals to enjoy fireside. Book well in advance, it's an extremely popular restaurant for visitors (and the locals).

Eremo Restaurant at Spicers Guesthouse

EREMO RESTAURANT

Located at one of the Hunter Valley's newest boutique properties Spicers Guesthouse, the modern contemporary Italian menu is created by hatted Executive Chef Cameron Matthews. The menu is complemented by a well-travelled wine list, including some of the Hunter Valley's best vintages and a selection of those from further a field.

Epoche Bar at Voco Kirkton Park

EPOCHE BAR AT VOCO KIRKTON PARK

​A stunning bar designed by renowned interior designer Greg Natale. Sit by the open fire and 'wine down' after a day of exploring the Hunter Valley in Epoche Bar. The bar offers light meals to accompany a glass of local wine, craft beer or a cocktail.

THE MILL RESTAURANT

Located within the grounds of Estate Tuscany, Executive Chef Daniel Wijekoon sources local produce to create a spectacular modern menu at The Mill Restaurant. A fine dining experience with picturesque views of the Brokenback ranges. 

For a relaxed experience, head next door to the Brokenback Bar. Kick back by an open fire with glass wine and a casual bite to eat.

Harrigan's Hunter Valley

​HARRIGAN'S HUNTER VALLEY

Nothing beats a rustic Irish pub with a Beef & Guinness Pot Pie and a pint of beer. Harrigan's offers a relaxed, family friendly bistro with casual pub eats.

Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Winery

MUSE RESTAURANT

​A soaring space with a large stone fireplace stocked with iron bark timber, the two-hat Muse Restaurant is located in the iconic Hungerford Hill winery. Troy Rhodes-Brown's Modern Australian dishes showcases Hunter Valley produce with an emphasis on seasonality and quality.

The Gates Restaurant at Leogate Estate Wines

THE GATES RESTAURANT

Take advantage of the stunning views at Leogate Estate Wines with an alfresco lunch or enjoy an intimate evening fireside in their sophisticated dining room. The Gates Restaurant has a reputation for delivering the best dry aged steaks and a contemporary menu. Complimentary transfers available for local pickup from Pokolbin accommodation.

CAFE ENZO

Soak up the charm of this sandstone building and warm up next to Cafe Enzo's Victorian fireplace. Offering delicious local eats and treats including Campos coffee, it's the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast or lunch.

The Cellar Restaurant

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

Centrally located in Pokolbin and a short stroll from Hunter Valley Gardens is The Cellar Restaurant. Chef Andy Wright's rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine can be enjoyed in a sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. Warm up next to the fireplace set right in the middle of the restaurant.

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