The restaurant takes its name from the subterranean clover found thriving in the area by Amos William Howard in 1890 and the magnificent old stone barn that houses the cellar door and restaurant. The barn features a big shady verandah overlooking manicured lawns and gardens where the kids can kick the ball around and everyone can join in the lawn games. It's all set among summery bright green vineyards and stately stands of beautiful old gum trees.
On arrival for weekday lunch, we were greeted promptly at the wine tasting counter just inside the entrance and a bottle of water and glasses of wine were quickly delivered to our table. The Asian inspired lunch menu is designed to share and offers six choices (they all look good). There's just one delicious dessert choice alongside a cheese platter option.
We were served all three of our lunch choices quickly. The crispy pork with kimchi dumpling with yuzu ponzu sauce is a bit like a crispy spring roll with delicate but hearty pork meat inside a crispy shell. The kimchi and yuzu ponzu sauce drizzled all over the pork dumpling is bitey and fresh.
Crispy pork and kimchi dumpling with yuzu ponzu sauce
The surprise standout (for us) is the wild mushroom and quinoa salad. It's a delicious mix of tasty cut wild mushrooms mixed with dressing and quinoa served on a bed of sweet potato and pumpkin puree with a generous slice of polenta alongside. It's not as rich as the other two dishes we had but has a smoother and more refined flavour. This dish should definitely be on your list when you visit Clover and Stone.
There's only one dessert on the menu and boy it's good! The coconut, mango, and passionfruit petit cake is impressive. Presented with refreshing sorbet, dabs of fruit coulis and biscuit crumble, it's a wickedly entertaining and refreshing way to finish the meal.
The Clover and Howard wines are produced from family owned vineyards surrounding the complex and from their cool climate white vineyard at Schoenthal, just 30 kilometres away.
We chose three menu options with matching glasses of wine from the vineyards, one soft drink and two desserts. For the ambience, service, and quality of the food and wine, a lunch like this for two people is excellent value.
As of the date of writing this, the weekday lunch menu is available Wednesday to Friday 12pm – 3pm (not available Saturday), and Sunday 12pm - 3pm. The cellar door closes at five but that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon.
Clover and Stone restaurant is inside Howard Vineyard on Bald Hills Road near Mt Barker. If you head up the freeway it's about 30 minutes from the city. The new freeway exit beyond Mt Barker at Bald Hills Road makes getting there even quicker.
If you're looking for the perfect Adelaide Hills verandah to spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying fine food and wine in the company of friends, look no further than Clover and Stone at Howard Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills near Mount Barker.
Fancy having lunch here? At Clover and Stone - Howard Vineyard