Our Favourite Eating Places in Lovedale, Pokolbin and Mount View

Blackwattle is within a few minutes of some of the Hunter Valley’s best restaurants, from the highly acclaimed fine dining of the iconic Muse Restaurant, to a stylish take on fish and chips at Leaves and Fishes and the newly opened Wandin Bar and Diner.

To find out more, just click on the name of each restaurant. And we always recommend making a booking!


The Deck Cafe@Gartelmann Wines

Lovedale Road, Lovedale
Phone:  4930 9007

The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, The Hunter Valley, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe. The cafe provides a diverse and delightful menu complimented by Garltelmann wines and a generous range of beverages and Piazza D’oro coffee.

The cafe is situated on the deck over the dam in young forest bushland. It is an experience to remember with experienced chef and staff cooking some cafe favourites with a Hunter Valley fine-dining twist.


Emersons Cafe and Restaurant

Lovedale Road, Lovedale in Adina Vineyard
Phone:  4930 7029

After 3 years in Pokolbin, Owner/Head Chef Emerson Rodriguez and his wife Samantha are excited to announce the re-location of their multi-award winning restaurant ‘Emerson’s at Pokolbin’ to Adina Vineyard.

Now appropriately renamed Emerson’s Café & Restaurant, Emerson’s is located within Adina Vineyard. Adina Vineyard is set in the heart of the Hunter Wine Region on Lovedale Road in Lovedale, surrounded by acres of established vineyards & an impressive olive grove.

Emerson’s Café offers a relaxed Breakfast, Lunch and intimate Contemporary Modern Australian cuisine during the evenings. With the option of their very popular eight course degustation menu Thursday to Sunday nights


Sabor Tea Room

Wilderness Road, Lovedale (adjacent to the historic Gillies Bridge)
Phone: 1300 958 850 (Bookings essential)

Due to their huge success in the Hunter Valley, the owners of Sabor Dessert Bar, have now opened their latest venture,  Sabor Tea Room.  The High Tea menu is set by Head Pastry Chef Nicole Fang and caters to all palates and is a culinary and visual experience.


Lillino’s Bar, Pizzeria and Trattoria

Talga Road, Lovedale (across the road from Blackwattle)
Phone: 4930 7799

Lillino’s at St Clements Estate offers authentic Italian food. Owner Luigi, offers some of Sardinia’s finest cuisine with one of the best views in the Hunter.

Menus change constantly but examples include Grilled Sardinian pecorino drizzled with honey, Spaghetti with sea urchin and homemade Mussel Bottarga, Kurunjones, succulent Suckling Pig, salted crust Burramundi, steam mussels and a variety of other dishes from their ever changing menu.

Take away pizzas also available.


Wandin Wine Bar and Diner

Cnr Talga Road & Lovedale Road
Phone: 4930 9888.

Just up the road – 2 minutes away!

The new menu offers both local favourites & American influenced cuisine. Relax overlooking the vines from the deck.


Majors Lane Restaurant

64 Majors Lane, Lovedale
Phone:  4930 7832

The restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience with splashing fountains, vineyard views and attentive service setting the scene for the culinary inspiration of owner and chef Ben Sales and his passion for showcasing fresh, locally sourced produce from the region’s farmers and growers.
Ben’s contemporary Australian menu changes regularly to exhibit the area’s finest seasonal produce and has influences from Asian, Mediterranean and rural French cuisine.


Muse Restaurant

Broke Road, Pokolbin (at Hungerford Hill Winery)
Phone:  4998 6777

Highly recommended for that special night out. A great dining experience!
Sydney Morning Herald: 2011 Good Food Guide One Chef Hat
Muse prides itself in providing superior contemporary Australian cuisine and professional and friendly service in a world class setting. The team at Muse believe that preparing all food in house is important for staff training, consistency and quality. Breads, pasta, gnocchi, ice creams, pastries and butchery when possible are prepared in house by Muse chefs.
They use fresh, non-homogenised jersey milk, cream and butter from a local dairy farmer. Local game products, award winning cheese, and wines that hold their heads high on a world class stage. Dictated by the seasons, the menu changes frequently.
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Further afield from Blackwattle…


Bistro Molines

Mount View Road, Mount View
Phone:  4990 9553

One of our favourite places (sublime for lunch!)
Hunter Valley legend Robert Molines and his wife Sally have started again in the beautiful region of Mount View at Tallavera Grove. In this picturesque, off the beaten track location, Bistro Molines continues with its ever-changing menu to enchant food and wine lovers in a superb settingoverlooking a beautiful valley of terraced vineyards and grazing cattle.


RidgeView Restaurant

Sweetwater Road, Rothbury
Phone:  6574 7332

The Ridgeview chefs have developed a menu with a strong focus on the use of local produce. Eggs come from the estate’s free range chickens whilst vegetable and herb gardens on-site are sourced daily.  They have put together a range of menus to suit all tastes.  All day dining from breakfast through to dinner – Thursday to Sundays.  Cypriot Mezzo Degustation Feasts also available matched with RidgeView wine.





The Deck cafe at Gartelmann, Hunter Valley

The Deck Cafe



Emersons at Adina

Emersons at Adina



Sabor Dessert Bar

Sabor Dessert Bar



Lillinos Sardinian Trattoria

Lillinos Sardinian Trattoria