Hats off to the Hunter


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The Hunter Valley has long been well supplied with good places to eat, sleep and play, thanks to its proximity to Sydney and the coast. But things are better than ever now, as illustrated by the fact that four of its restaurants won hats in the newly published Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, 2017 edition.

Muse Restaurant, at the Hungerford Hill winery (tastings), maintains its two-hat rating, while its sister restaurant, Muse Kitchen (at the Keith Tulloch winery – tastings), kept its one hat. Both are run by acclaimed chef Troy Rhoades-Brown.

Bistro Molines, at Mount View, run by long-time Hunter restaurateurs Robert and Sally Molines, maintained its one-hat rating.

The big news is a new entry, Margan, at the Margan winery (tastings) at Broke, which received one hat.

Chairman of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, George Souris commented:

“With growing tourism numbers both from domestic and international sources, the Hunter Valley has a lot to boast about: premium restaurants; a full range of accommodation; spectacular attractions; golf resorts; the wines and cellar doors.”

*In other Hunter Valley news, Hungerford Hill is being sold. Owner James Kirby says after more than a decade in the wine industry, it’s time for him to take a break. Senior winemaker Adrian Lockhart has moved on, and Kirby says the 2017 vintage will be made by other local winemakers as an interim arrangement.

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