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Hunter Belle Cheese Room

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
A writer sharing travels, experiences, a love of festivals & events. Life is a journey and I hope to inspire others. Visit my blog at https://www.travelwithirenke.blogspot.com
Published July 22nd 2022
A must for dairy lovers
Apart from excellent wines, the Hunter Valley is known for its gourmet food and you'll find plenty of establishments showcasing their expertise with products from cheese to chocolate and a range of other goodies.



With so much to explore in the region, I'm always noticing something on each visit that I hadn't come across before and this time it was the Hunter Belle Cheese Room that caught my eye and my stomach.

Having just come from some wine and chocolate tasting, and feeling in need of something savoury, luck would have it that I spotted signage mentioning cheese and, loving cheese as much as chocolate, I just had to stop. Nestled in between some Pokolbin wineries, I made the quick U-turn, entered the property and headed up the long driveway surrounded by the beauty of nature.



Little did I know that Hunter Belle was going to be my new favourite place to visit. Their handmade artisan cheeses fall into 4 categories - soft cheeses that include creamy bries and flavoursome fetas, hard cheeses like their bitey Cheddarbelle and nutty Bellyere that have been carefully aged, blue cheese they call Blue Moon with its fruity and creamy blue vein, and Club Cheddar cheeses that incorporate flavours with a punch, such as their Ol Smokey, Mexicana, Cranberry and Pistachio, and a notorious beer cheese.

A cheese tasting of six cheeses with crackers, for a mere $5, took my taste buds on an adventure. Presented on a cheese board, there were some soft cheeses and some Club cheddars. The soft cheeses tried were the Black Magic, which is a triple cream brie with black garlic, and the Briebell, the same brie but without the black garlic. Both were smooth and went down well. The Club Cheddars served up were the Caramelised Onion & Thyme, the Italian Herbs & Garlic, the Cranberry & Pistachio, and the Ol Smokey smoked on cold apple bark. The flavour combinations of these more solid cheeses hit the mark for me and I ended up buying three of them to take home.



Other cheese experiences you can enjoy here are:-

Wine & Cheese Matching - using DeIuliis Wines

Beer & Cheese Matching - using craft beers from Ironbark Hill Brewhouse

High Cheese - with crackers, fruit paste, warm cheese & chive scones, mini cheese tarts, seasonal fruits, half-smoked salmon baguettes, brownies, mini sweet tarts and fudge, all in addition to a selection of cheeses

Picnic on the Lawn - with a basket containing cheeses, crackers, mixed olives, salami, fruit, a fudge taster pack, and a small gelato on return of the basket

For further details on these experiences, click here.

All of the cheeses from this family-owned business are made using the high protein milk from brown Swiss cows (a dairy breed developed in the Swiss Alps specifically for cheese making) as it has the ideal protein to fat ratio that means no extra cream needs to be added. Together with 'old school' traditional cheese making methods, quality products are produced.



If you're after something special for an event or celebration, then contact Hunter Belle (details below) and enquire regarding their cheese towers and grazing tables or any specific requests you have in mind.

Apart from cheese, they make their own fudge and gelato too, both in a variety of flavours that are next level delicious. There's a cafe onsite as well with a casual lunch menu that focuses on cheese. For something light, try a toastie (it was the best I've had) or a fresh baguette, and for something larger, a cheese platter. Sit back and relax with a boutique wine or beer in hand, or warm up with a locally roasted gourmet coffee.

The cafe also doubles as a gift store with beautiful items on shelves along the back wall. There's kitchen and homeware pieces, such as hand-painted knife blocks and wooden boards, trinket trays, bowls and mugs, and plant holders.




Everything at Hunter Belle is made with love and it shows. After your edible take homes are gone, you'll be dreaming and planning your next escape back for more of the wonderful products at this all-in-one cheese deli, bar and cafe.
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When: Open 10am-5pm, 7 days (kitchen 10am-3pm)
Phone: 02 9159 0770
Where: 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Your Comment
A very affordable and yummy adventure indeed.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5098) 24 days ago
What a fabulous experience, Irenke, thank you for sharing ... congrats on your Silver!
by Elaine (score: 3|8949) 24 days ago
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