The pristine Hunter Valley is a favourite amongst Sydneysiders for its vineyards, resort stays, gourmet tours and other leisurely activities.
This was my second visit to Hunter Valley, with an unplanned itinerary and a beautiful sunny weather in autumn. I was last there went in winter and stayed at the Tuscany Estate resort in Pokolbin, dining at their equally popular restaurants. Read post here.
So this is a short getaway itinerary that could be handy if you make a day trip to Hunter Valley. So here we go:
An early start by 8 am or 9 am gives you more room to catch up and make the most of your trip. Take a picnic basket for pit stop or grab breakfast on the way.
A two hour plus drive depending on traffic would get you there by midday just in time for an early brunch / lunch.
Dining at the Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen
This is an absolute foodie’s delight with fantastic prices, indoor-outdoor dining, deli and a wine cellar at close proximity.
Interestingly, I had read a bunch of good reviews about Two Fat Blokes and their gourmet tours, but little is known about their 3 year old refurbished gourmet kitchen, inviting people to break bread with amazing wines.
Yes, it is largely known for wine tasting and gourmet tours in Hunter Valley which also makes them highly rated by Trip Advisor. But if you don’t want to tour and just want to relax with good food and wines, then their well priced Gourmet Kitchen is the place to go.
Things to do at Two Fat Blokes, Gourmet Kitchen
If you are going on a long weekend or during holidays, always better to make a booking before. Since ours was an impromptu brunch drive, I booked on the same morning.
Unfortunately, the lady I spoke with missed noting my name on their final booking list, so when we entered we didn’t have a booking. However, realizing the error, the staff was accommodating and quickly settled us on a table after 15 minutes. Great service!
It’s an extensive menu with tasting plates matched with beer, white wine and red wine. There’s also cheese tasting at the Deli everyday at 11 am and 3 pm, adding to more options for vegetarians. Don’t forget to shop there with over 95 variety of cheese and other locally produced goods for your kitchen.
White Wine Tasting Board
Take a video tour, you will love it
White wine tasting platter matched with 3 entree dishes $34
• Mediterranean Chicken served with De Iuliis Verdelho (75 ml) • Prawn Orecchiette served with De Iuliis Semillon (75 ml) • Hunter Belle Triple cream brie served with lavosh crackers served with De Iuliis Chardonnay (75 ml)
It was excellent choice with right portions and 3 glasses of different wines which went from mild flavour to sweeter. The platter is suitable for one person.
Tasting Board menu – Two Fat Blokes
Warm Ciabatta Loaf with 3 spicy dips $14
Fresh warm bread with equally tasty freshly made dips. Not to be missed for sure.
Definitely order the warm breads and dips Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen
Fish of the day with chips and salad $25
Again, a good choice. Best part is that the serving is not overloaded with chips and salad, just the right amount.
Cost: Meal for two $100
Food Score: 10/10 Highly recommended
Tip: Its better to go for tasting boards because you can savour variety at a great price.
Head over to Go Carting
You can also pack in an exhilarating Go Karting session for $20 at Go Karts Go for 30 minutes. Definitely, not for the faint hearted! You can also take a ride in twin seats with kids.
GO KARTS GO HUNTER VALLEY – CESSNOCK. Pic Courtesy Visit NSW