Elegant and sophisticated with a simple touch, the food, service and views are spectacular
Looking to dine somewhere spectacular in the Hunter Valley? Well, we can promise that diners will not be disappointed as the region never fails to disappoint short on options. From fine dining to pub grub and everything in between; the Hunter Valley dining scene boasts it all.
Delivering that perfect balance of approachable and affordable, yet still exquisite, delicious, and of the highest quality is none other than Hunter's Quarter. Having just won the 2022 Australia Prestige Award for Contemporary Restaurant of the Year, you know you're in for a delightful treat.
Head Chef and owner, Brian Duncan has crafted something truly spectacular here in the Hunter Valley. Think elegant and sophisticated with a simple and elegant touch, with spectacular food, service, and views.
Knowing his way around a kitchen, Brian has worked in not only some of the best, from the Three Michelin Starred Dorchester Hotel and One Michelin Starred Claridges Hotel in the United Kingdom, Brian has also been the Executive Chef at two of Sydney’s premier restaurants; Level 41 and The Establishment.
With a distinct style in mind preferring to merge Brian’s years of technical kitchen experience with a more simple execution of the season’s freshest and high quality of locally sourced produce.
Located on-site at Pooles Rock Wines on Pokolbin’s De Beyer’s Road, Hunter’s Quarter has become a crowd favourite for both locals and visitors alike since its inception back in 2016.
Known as HQ to the locals and frequent visitors offers an elegant dining experience featuring modern Australian cuisine driven by high-quality seasonal local produce, paired with relaxed and attentive service.
“Inspired by his international culinary experiences Chef Brian Duncan’s menu combines first-class ingredients, bright, balanced flavours, and expert technique.
“HQ’s innovative menu is created with the area’s local and seasonal produce, and its dishes deliver balanced innovative originals with texture in the most extraordinary country settings.”
To give you an idea of what to expect from a dining experience at Hunter’s Quarter, Brian, alongside his dedicated kitchen team prepared a little sneak peek of what their menu has to offer.
First up, the team showcased three of their favourite entrée dishes; The Loligo Squid with scallops, ink pasta, pickled onions, finger lime, wasabi, and sea grapes; Cured Duck Breast Ham with crisp sourdough, taleggio, and shishito pepper relish; and the Slow Cooked Bangalow Pork Jowl with white beans, nduja, rhubarb, and hop cider vinaigrette.
It wouldn’t be a true Hunter Valley dining experience without showcasing something a little on the sweet side. So, when their signature dessert arrived at the table, our jaws hit the floor, Peach Melba with white chocolate lamington, marsala, wild strawberry, and cream cheese ice cream.
The Pokolbin-based restaurant offers you a 3-course a la carte menu alongside a dedicated vegan offering, children’s menu, and exclusive vineyard views for those extra special occasions.
With every seat in the venue allowing guests to take in the sweeping vineyard views, this fishbowl-like panorama gives you the opportunity to experience one of the best dining views the Hunter Valley has to offer.
What exactly are you waiting for? Make this iconic spot your HQ for your dining experiences on your next visit to the Hunter Valley.