A long weekend away in South Australia is the perfect escape for a busy Sydneysider especially when you spend the majority of your time in McClaren Vale. I can highly recommend the steak at The Kitchen Door at Penny’s Hill winery, which is the home of the very quaffable Mr RIggs shiraz. It’s a great place to wile away a few hours.
The Kitchen Door, Penny’s Hill Winery, 281 Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171
The next stop was the wonderful food and wine at The Pot. We began with the Pot Beef tartare and then tried almost everything else. At $65 for the tasting menu, it is a bargain and the passion that emanates from the owner is infectious as he goes from table to table serving wine and mingling. Small but convivial - it’s a cracking little restaurant.
The Pot Food & Wine, 160 King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5061
After dining out so often, we decided to eat in and got a leg of lamb and baked out own roast in a holiday house in the quiet town of Goolwa. It was the best meal of the trip and was made better by the abundance of red wine we collected enroute. You may not have heard of Goolwa, but you would have heard of the Hindmarsh Island bridge controversy, which unfortunately put this town on the map.
The incongruous town that is Hahndorf is a German city smack bang in the middle of wine country. We decided to get into the spirit with some beer steins and a couple of meat platters at The Hahndorf Inn on the main street. The aftermath of this meat explosion is above. It made us feel sick but ticked all the boxes for Bavarian indulgence. Not that good on the plane ride home!
Hahndorf Inn Hotel, 35 Main Street, Hahndorf SA 5245
The Lion Hotel in North Adelaide is a great pub. It serves pub grub at the better end of the scale and at affordable prices. I had the pie of the day but you can get all your standard pub affair. It’s a great place for lunch. And so concludes the our food odyssey through South Australia.
The Lion Hotel, 161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006