Newcastle and Hunter Valley

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turtlemichael

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We are having three nights in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. Anyone have any suggestions for:
1. Dining in Newcastle
2. Dining in the Hunter around Lovedale (staying at the CP)
3. Best wineries to visit for lunch and/or tasting.

Many thanks

Michael
 

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turtlemichael, I'll get IainF to have a look at your questions over the weekend. He took Mrs IainF to the Hunter Valley CP for a weekend and may be able to help. He's also been to Newcastle a couple of times in the past month and may have eaten there. Of course, the best person to give you answers is probably shillard

Alas, I've never been there and not likely too in the foreseeable future :(
 
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Very interested in the Hunter Valley recommendations too - heading there for the long weekend. :)

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ok first post, and i'm a Newcastle Girl. Dinner in newcastle itself, either Scratchleys or Paymasters, the two best places for dinner with views to the harbour and great seafood and steak with perfect views. Personally I like Paymasters best, but both will give you outstanding food and service. I find most of my accommodation on wotif.com.au, will give you last minute prices and availability, just type in hunter and you'll find lots of options at various prices. As to the wineries, do Petersens Champagne House with the handmade chocolate shop in front, just divine way to start off, then you will find so many well known ones, just pull in to whatever you find, there are maps all around. If you do McGuigans the Hunter Valley Cheese Co is next door which is always worth a taste and the Hunter Valley Gardens a nice place to wander around as well, the little village attached has lots of craft and food shops to call into as well. Enjoy your time, its a great place to spend some time, I do it regularly. The top resturants in the hunter i'd recommend are Terrioir at Hungerford Hill, it was rated in the Australian Gourmet Traveller in 2005, Esca Bimbadgen open for lunch only I think and at Cypress Lakes Resort which is a great place to stay there is Pipette. I havn't stayed or eaten at the Casurina Country Club but it also rates highly regularly in the area for accommodation and fine dining.
 
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Thanks for the excellent first post reply, hgwells01 and welcome to AFF :) .
 

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Thanks hgwells01 We went to Tullochs and Tempus Two this afternoon to partake. Also did some damage on the credit cards. One of the good things about living in Noerth Queensland is that when you buy wine you have to drink it as it will not keep there without a climate controlled cellar! We are going to have lunch tomorrow at Terroir as its shut on Tuesday nights. Ate tonight (Tuesday) at Red Salt at the Crowne Plaza which has good steaks and excellent wine list. The Smelly Cheese Company and the fudge shop, both at the incongruously named Pokolbin Village, are also good places to counter the effects of too much wine tasting.
 

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Glad to see you're having a great time, and if you drive past Piggs Peake Winery do call in, they have a most interesting selection, the winemaker there Steve Langham is known as... Boss Hog of course!If you are really lucky he will let you taste his award winning Shiraz, straight from the barrell, alas it has all sold out in pre orders its that good. HG:cool:
 
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