Modern Italian in a Luxurious Setting at éRemo
We first covered Spicers Guesthouse in 2020 and although we noted their onsite restaurant, we felt it deserved its own moment in the spotlight.
If éRemo hasn’t yet made your shortlist for “nice places to eat in the Hunter Valley”, then let’s help get it on there, because it certainly deserves it.
éRemo is the resident restaurant at Spicers Guesthouse which is a retreat on a sprawling 40 acres of property, overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges and neighbouring vineyards. But even if you aren’t staying at the accommodation, this restaurant is open to visitors and is worth stopping in for lunch or dinner.
Arriving at Spicers Guesthouse, you’re warmly welcomed at reception who will show you through to éRemo Restaurant. On the way through, you will get a little glimpse of this sensational property which will surely see you looking into coming back to experience the whole deal.
As you come through to the restaurant, the warm stone walls and rich wooden floors flow into the intimate dining space. With the dark bentwood chairs and blazing fireplace in winter, it has a beautiful homely feel.
You are escorted to your table which is next to a window overlooking the natural Australian bush surrounds.
You start off with the drinks menu and can clearly see why this Wine List was awarded two glasses in the Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s NSW Wine List of the Year Awards 2020. There are over 300 options available and they range from well-known Hunter Valley drops such as Usher Tinkler, Hungerford Hill and Tyrells, to the $695 bottle of Taittinger vintage French champagne. But don’t worry, if splurging a few hundred dollars on a bottle of wine is slightly out of your budget they have some wonderful options of wine starting from $12 by the glass.
Once you are sipping on your wines you move on to the food, the core reason you were so excited to come here! The menu has Italian roots but with a modern twist and is thoughtfully created with the use of fresh Hunter Valley produce in mind.
You opt for the Avido option at $98 per person which takes the hassle out of trying to choose something from this delicious sounding menu. Avido is described as “a greedy offering of the kitchen’s choosing”.
You relax into your early dinner as the chef’s selection of dishes begin to be served.
The menu is regularly changing with the seasons and availability, but this time you start with the house cured olives, rosemary focaccia served with extra virgin olive oil and soft burratta cheese with fresh greens.
You sample the renowned fresh Italian pasta dish but the market fish of the day is the stand out. Grilled, crispy skinned striped trumpeter served with butter beans, fresh peas, basil cream and fennel bulb.
Following your meal, you head to the gorgeous bar to finish with a glass of Margan’s Botrytis Semillon. The continuation of the warm wood and stone gives it a feel of being in an alpine lodge bar. You head outside by the outdoor fire pit to savour your drink and the rest of your lazy evening. If you think squeezing in a drink after your meal may be a struggle, then we suggest you arrive early and enjoy a pre drink so you don’t miss this part of the experience.
éRemo is conveniently located in Pokolbin adjacent to Peppers Creek Village which, among others, features the cellar doors of Comyns & Co and David Hook Wines and boutique shops such as Fetch Gifts and Homewares and Pukara Estate olive oils and condiments. It’s a perfect way to make your visit more of a day trip.
And if you’re after a group booking or a private space, chat to the team about the stunning private dining room with floor to ceiling glass looking out over the scenery and an impressive wine wall. This can be booked for up to 14 guests.
éRemo Restaurant is a unique experience with sensational, beautifully presented food and talented staff in a luxurious setting. Book your visit in below.