Explore Like A Local

Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.


Log Press Café @Drayton’s Family Wines(POKOLBIN)

Café Enzo (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Fri 9am
  • Sat 8:30am
  • Sun 8am
  • website

Epicure (POKOLBIN)

Harrigans (POKOLBIN)

Sebels Kirkton Park (POKOLBIN)

Bodega Restaurant and Bar @The Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday thru Friday 7-10am
  • Saturday & Sunday7-10:30am  
  • website

Restaurant Eighty-Eight @The Convent (POKOLBIN)

The Café at Legends @The Vintage (POKOLBIN)

Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House (POKOLBIN)

Buon Cibo Restaurante (POKOLBIN)

A Taste of the Country (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Thurs 10am – 4pm
  • Fri & Sat 9am-5pm
  • Sun 9am-4pm
  • facebook

And the Winner is Oscars (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday-Friday 9am
  • Saturday & Sunday 8am
  • facebook

Nanna Kerr’s (POKOLBIN)

Matilda Bay Brewhouse @ Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (HERMITAGE)

James Estate (HERMITAGE)

  • Sunday Recovery Breakfast 8-10am
  • website

The Deck Café (LOVEDALE)

  • Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am
  • Sat & Sun 8-11:30 am
  • website

Red Salt Restaurant @Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

Wandin Café

Emersons (LOVEDALE)

  • Saturday and Sunday 8am-11am
  • website

Nightingales (BROKE)

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday - Friday 7am  
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:30am
  • facebook

Settlers Kitchen Café and Restaurant @ Mulla Villa (WOLLOMBI)

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

Panino Restaurant (WOLLOMBI)

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8-11am
  • website

Great Northern Trading Post (Wollombi)