An adventure to the Clare Valley with my friend meant a relaxing day out and also a chance to indulge in some food and wine. The Sevenhill Hotel was our choice of lunch venue, winner of Best Country Dining in 2017 & 2018 it was an easy decision.
The location of the Sevenhill Hotel, the stunning Clare Valley, approximately 100km north of the city. A drive through panoramic country views of the open green landscape takes you to the beautiful area.
As soon as we walked in, I knew the Sevenhill Hotel was a must visit. A warm and inviting country pub serving up hearty meals to have alongside award-winning local wines and beers.
Sevenhill hotel has indoor and outdoor seating, for year-round dining and experience. For the warm days, they have a beautiful shaded outdoor area, where you can relax and watch the kids run around on the grassed area. I had thought the outdoor area would make a perfect area for a private function. It was large with lots of seating options, including tall and short tables and wine barrels to stand around. Greenery was also spread across the back wall, making a beautiful backdrop and natural light flooded the undercover area. Inside is warm and inviting with a fireplace for the colder months. This was my choice of seating for our lunch, as it was more of a cold day.
Tables were set with wine bottles made with Sevenhill labels giving you some insight into the history of the suburb and hotel. I thought this was a great touch. Comfy black chairs were pushed under wooden tables and beautiful lighting hung from the ceiling.
I was particularly impressed with the ala-carte menu, something for everyone using local produce where possible, from schnitzels to kangaroo and for the kids, a $11.50 kids meal deal, that includes a meal and an ice-cream.
We ordered the Clare Rise Bakery Garlic Bread ($6.50) as an entree to share - it was presented on a Sevenhill Hotel stamped wooden board. The bread was amazing - crispy and large with the perfect amount of garlic.
Next were our mains. I ordered the burger from the specials board but mixed and matched a few things from the burger on the menu and they were happy to accommodate. It was the House Ground Angus Beef Burger which I had with barbecue sauce and cheese ($19.90) with garlic rosemary chips.
For both of us, the chips were a highlight. As much as the food was delicious, I have not had chips that amazing in a very long time.
The dining room became busier as the minutes went by, with families and couples getting a table. I am sure this venue would be busier on weekends with patrons on a weekend day out, but whilst we were at the venue it was an un-rushed, relaxed atmosphere.
After our food, we had a walk through the unique underground cellar. They stock a huge selection of Clare Valley Wines, that are available for purchase.