Eat & Drink

Hunter Valley breakfast options in Pokolbin, Lovedale and beyond

If you're planning a visit to the Hunter Valley don't forget to organise the most important meal of the day. Here's our guide to some of the Hunter Valley's best breakfast venues in Pokolbin, Lovedale and beyond.

Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery

Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery is a great option for a casual breakfast which has a mouth watering selection of baked goods that change daily. Plus there is an all day (8am - 2pm) breakfast menu which includes a bacon and egg roll or if you’re wanting to kick start your day with a nice healthy breakfast there is a delicious nourish bowl or house roasted granola with yoghurt and seasonal fruit.

But the one menu item that caught our attention is their sublime apple pie crumpets which are housemade sourdough crumpets with spiced apples, toasted milk crumb and vanilla cream. They aren’t just delicious but pretty good on the eye too.

Apple Pie Crumpet. Credit: Dom Cherry.

Apple Pie Crumpet. Credit: Dom Cherry.

These guys are open 7 days a week and along with their barista made coffee, they also do some takeaway options which means you can grab something for the road.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 8am - 2pm
Where: Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW
Prices: From $8 - toasted banana bread with cultured butter, to $24 - Branxton belly bacon, eggs, hash and sourdough.

Kawul Restaurant

Kawul Restaurant is the resident restaurant at Calais Estate, Pokolbin. Their focus is to create dishes that complement the land and the region such as the use of bush spices and organic local produce. The local mushrooms with burnt fennel puree, labna and saltbush spring roll is a testament to this approach.

With lots of options on their breakfast menu for vegans or those who need gluten free, you can make sure there is something for everybody in your group.

Kawul Restaurant is a good all weather option as seating is primarily indoors and under cover on the upstairs balcony overlooking the vineyards.

Open: Friday - Saturday, 8am - 8pm and Sunday - Monday, 8am - 3pm
Where: 151 Palmers Lane, Rothbury NSW
Prices: From $15 - double Kawul sausage muffin, to $24 - house smoked salmon poke bowl.

Cafe Enzo

Cafe Enzo is the perfect spot to catch some morning rays in the open outdoor courtyard whilst you enjoy a coffee and bite to eat for breakie.

Cafe Enzo Breakfast

The menu has some great classics, with a couple of bacon and eggs options, a seasonal fruit bowl, smashed avo and baked beans. But we get excited about the two specialty breakfast boards. The Vego Breakfast Board and the Ham Breakfast Board which, among other things, both come with poached eggs, feta from Binnorie fetta, avocado, roast cherry tomatoes, pistachio red pesto all served with sourdough.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 8am - 10:30pm
Where: 151 Palmers Lane, Rothbury NSW
Prices: From $17 - your choice of eggs on toast, to $29.50 - Enzo Big Breakfast.

Restaurant Cuvée

This restaurant is located just off Wine Country Drive, and is part of Peterson House, a winery which has a good range of sparkling wines.
Which is why we couldn’t have a breakfast list for the Hunter Valley without including Restaurant Cuvée - they are famous for their bubbly breakfast.

Kick start your day with a glass of Peterson House sparkling wine served with bacon and eggs, sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, marinated tomatoes, hash browns and toasted sourdough. Not to mention a little chocolate on the side so you have all of your taste buds covered!

Restaurant Cuvee Bubbly Breakfast

If you were looking for something other than the big breakie, there are also dukkah eggs, french toast or eggs benedict. And the best news! You can add a glass of sparkling to any of the breakfast options. Choose from pink blush rosé, prosecco or cuvée.

There is also a kids menu with three options for $14.50 each including a drink...only juice for the little ones, don’t worry!

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 8am - 11am
Where: Corner Broke Road and Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW
Price: From $18.50 - bacon and eggs, to $35 - Bubbly Breakfast including a glass of sparkling wine.

Cru Bar and Pantry, Brokenwood

Cru Bar and Pantry has only recently opened their breakfast doors to 7 days a week, so now no matter what day it is, you can get a Brokenwood experience.

This menu has a range of traditional breakie options including overnight oats, toasties and bacon and eggs. There is also our personal favourite, The Millennial Breakfast, which combines all the good breakfast ingredients, poached eggs, smashed avocado, rocket, Binnorie fetta and dukkha on toasted sourdough. Delish!

If you can’t decide on just one option, there are two breakfast boards which will give you a sprinkle of choice.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 9am - 11am
Where: 401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW
Price: From $12 - toasted ham and cheese croissant, to $28 - Euro Breakie Board.

Andante Brasserie

It can be difficult to find family friendly eateries so this one ticked that box for us. Plus the view is quite lovely.

Andante Brasserie is located in the heart of Pokolbin in the grounds of the Leisure Inn. It is a casual restaurant that is uber kid friendly with 3 breakie options for the kids each priced at $10 and a great fenced playground that can be seen from a couple of selected tables.

For the adults there is a good selection of classic breakfast fare from corn fritters and eggs benedict, to ham hock beans with chorizo and house made ricotta pancakes served with fresh berries.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 7am - 11am
Where: 485 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW
Price: From $8 - scones / banana bread, to $26 - big breakfast.

Mockingbird Cafe

Owners Tess & James of the much-loved Hamilton cafe launched their beautiful Mockingbird Cafe experience in the Hunter Valley earlier this year which brings to Wine Country their extraordinary flavours and iconic brunch dishes. 

mockingbird cafe hunter valley lovedale

The menu continues to deliver all the flavours you have fallen in love with like the Red Velvet Pancakes with fresh berries, mascarpone, lemon curd and a tuft of Persian floss on top together with a few surprises. If you're wanting to try something new the Satay French Toast with its housemade peanut butter, cucumber crispy 63 degree eggs on sourdough is a must-try.  

Open: Thursday - Monday, Breakfast 8am - 11:30pm | Lunch 12pm - 4pm
Where: 477 Lovedale Road, Lovedale NSW
Price: From $6 - cupcake, to $24 - Red Velvet Pancakes.

The Deck Cafe

The Deck Cafe is located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, and overlooks the water of the dam on their property. It recently underwent some renovations to extend the undercover deck area so now there is even more space to enjoy the view.

the deck cafe lovedale

There is a substantial menu that covers off most favourites like pancakes, wood roasted salmon and eggs benedict.

If you love a good sweet and savoury mixed option then the Canadian maple glazed pork belly on French toast with crackle dust might be the one for you.

There is also a $10 breakfast option for kids 12 and under and they can choose between pancakes or chipolatas with an egg and toast.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 11:30am and Saturday - Sunday, 8am - 11:30am
Where: 701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale NSW
Price: From $8 - banana bread, to $30 - wood roasted salmon and poached eggs.

Emerson’s Restaurant

Located in the Adina Vineyard, chef Emerson Rodriguez’s many years of experience in the industry is evident in the delicious food served for breakfast at Emerson’s Restaurant.

There are delicious options such as shakshuka baked eggs, spiced tomato and capsicum stew with fetta and flat bread, pancakes with glazed banana, maple syrup, honeycomb and whipped cream and even nasi goreng. There are also gluten free and vegetarian options.

The restaurant is a casual style with the option to sit inside or on the deck.

Emerson's Restaurant

Open: Saturday and Sunday, breakfast served 8am - 11am
Where: 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale NSW
Price: From $18 - nasi goreng,to $23 - smashed avocado on ciabatta with Binnorie labna.

Myrtle House

The beautiful old stone stairs of Myrtle House welcome you to ascend up from the street into this quaint old cottage cafe. It is such a fitting cafe for the historic country town of Wollombi and a must visit if you’re staying in the area.

In fitting with the style of these older homes, there are a variety of options for seating. There is a wrap around verandah, back garden deck and front deck with umbrellas which overlooks the central village, or you can take a seat inside and appreciate the art adorning the walls and the general rustic charm.

Once you get past the charm of this venue, the concise breakfast menu delivers some of the classic favourites including buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict and “The Veggo Brekky” with spinach, avocado, roast tomato, garlic mushrooms and crispy chats.

Open: 7 days, breakfast served 9am - 11:20am
Where: 2877 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi NSW
Prices: From $12 - eggs your way with pani de casa, to $25 - big breakky.

The Kiosk

If you’re staying closer to Cessnock or want to stop somewhere on the way home than this little tennis club, come kiosk is a great stop for a light breakfast.

Hosted in the Tennis Club Hall and taking inspiration from the old tennis club era, The Kiosk at Cessnock is serving up some homemade treats and food that will warm your little soul. Slices such as the salted peanut caramel slice or lemon bar slice are perfect for something light and sweet, or the toasties or pulled pork tacos are an alternative option if you need something a bit heartier.

There are options to sit outside in the undercover pavilion between tennis courts or in the hall. And the kids will be happy with all the space to run around after they devour a delicious milkshake...and probably eat half of your meal too!

Open: Tuesday - Wednesday, 8am - 4pm and Thursday - Saturday 8am - 1:30pm
Where: 49 Aberdare Road, Cessnock NSW
Prices: From $6 - a slice, to $16 - herbie toast with bacon and eggs.

Huntlee Tavern Cafe

This new pub is a great addition for the locals in the Branxton / North Rothbury area but the tourists can also reap the breakfast benefits.

Open for breakfast in the cafe seven days a week, Huntlee Tavern Cafe has a good range of breakie options from in house bircher muesli, chargrilled double-smoked bacon and egg roll to buttermilk pancakes or toasted Belgium waffles.

There is also a well-priced takeaway breakfast menu if you're after something simple like fruit salad, toast or a breakfast wrap.

The little ones are welcome, with a kids menu and a fantastic playground to keep them entertained.

Open: Monday - Saturday, breakfast served 7am – 10am and Sunday 8am – 10am
Where: 3 Empire Street, Branxton NSW
Prices: From $5 - a muffin, to $27 - Huntlee Half Breakfast

Short Black Pony

The selection for breakfast in Broke is very limited so although not truly a breakfast place, we had to include this one so we could at least help you get your coffee fix!

Short Black Pony is a little converted horse trailer serving up delicious brews primarily on weekdays. So if you’re lucky enough to be in Broke on a Monday - Friday morning, these guys are your go to country coffee creators!

On the drinks menu are the usual coffee suspects, but also hot chocolates, chai lattes and T2 teas.

Whether you down that coffee on your stroll back to your accommodation, or head up the street to the recently renovated kids playground and skate park, you will be glad to kick start your day with Short Black Pony.

Open: Monday - Friday, takeaway hot drinks served 7am - 10am
Where: 49 - 51 Wollombi Street, Broke NSW

Information for this article was correct at time of publishing.