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.

Where Can I Get A Coffee

The Café at Legends @The Vintage (POKOLBIN)

Pokolbin General Store at Pokolbin Village (POKOLBIN)

Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery at Pokolbin Village (POKOLBIN)

Nanna Kerr’s (POKOLBIN)

The Stick Pastry Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

  • Weds, Thurs, Fri - 9:30-4
  • Sat & Sun- 10-4
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Hunter Valley Chocolate 2320 Broke Rd (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 9am-5pm

Hunter Valley Chocolate @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village(POKOLBIN) 

  • Daily 9am-5pm 

Cupcake Expresso @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon thru Fri - 9am-5pm
  • Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pm
  • website

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

Epicure @Small Winemakers Centre (POKOLBIN)

Café Enzo (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-5pm
  • Sat 8:30am -5pm
  • Sun 8am-4pm
  • website

Oscars Hunter Valley @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon, Thurs-Fri 9am-4pm
  • Sat & Sun 8am-4pm
  • website

Contango Expresso Roasters @ Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

A Taste of the Country @ Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Thurs 10am – 4pm
  • Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
  • Sun 9am-4pm
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Sabors Dessert Bar (POKOLBIN)

  • Thurs-Fri 10am-4:30pm
  • Sat 10am-9:30pm
  • Sun – Mon 10am-4:30pm
  • website

Gundog Estate (POKOLBIN)

Red Apron Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

Matilda Bay Brewhouse @ Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

Two Fat Blokes (HERMITAGE)

James Estate (HERMITAGE)

  • Fri & Sat 9am – 8pm
  • Sun 8am -8pm
  • website

Cocoa Nib @Keith Tullock’s Wines (HERMITAGE)

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Mon – Sat 10am-5pm
  • Sun – 11am – 4pm
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Leaves & Fishes (LOVEDALE)

The Deck Café (LOVEDALE)

  • Mon-Fri 8:30-3:30
  • Sat & Sun 8-3:30
  • website

Sandalyn Estate (LOVEDALE)

The Lovedale @Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

Binorie Dairy (LOVEDALE)

Panino Restaurant (WOLLOMBI)

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

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday - Friday 7am  
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:30am
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Settlers Kitchen Café and Restaurant @ Mulla Villa (WOLLOMBI)

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

Great Northern Trading Post (WOLLOMBI)