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With more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and 180 comfy accommodation places to stay, where do you start?

Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

Fireside feasting. 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. (Pictured above).

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. Sit by the open fire and 'wine down' after a day of exploring the Hunter Valley. Offering light meals to accompany a glass of local wine, craft beer or a cocktail.

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.

Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Winery

EMERSON'S CAFE & RESTAURANT

Set within the grounds of Adina Vineyards and Olive Grove in Lovedale, Emerson's offer an intimate and relaxed dining experience and are committed to producing elegant dishes using locally sourced, fresh produce. Feast on their popular eight course degustation dinner, matched with local Hunter Valley wines or settle in for a relaxed weekend breakfast or long lunch.

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.

The Cellar Restaurant

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.

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.

​HARRIGAN'S IRISH PUB

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.

Discover more local Hunter Valley eats here.

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