Restaurant Guide

The Watervale Hotel

The word “epicurean” gets thrown around a lot, but the owners of this regional pub live and breathe it.
Address
37 Main North Rd, Watervale

REVIEW

The word “epicurean” gets thrown around a lot, but the owners of this regional pub live and breathe it. When they’re not running the always-busy establishment, Warrick Duthy and head chef Nicola Palmer can usually be found at their home – the organic and biodynamic Penobscot Farm. After extensive renovations, the venue is now a treasure trove of intimate art-packed rooms, eclectic private dining spaces and a chef’s table overlooking the kitchen pass. Then there’s the fire pit, where Palmer can be seen smoking butter and cooking 1.8-kilogram tomahawk steaks. A six-course dégustation explores small snacks and hearty dishes, while the shared “Farm Feast” spotlights lamb from Martindale Farm and Greenslade’s free-range chicken along with the couple’s own produce. The all-encompassing drinks selection provides endless possibilities, but why not embrace the local spirit to the fullest and spring for a bottle from Duthy’s collection of Clare Valley wines, complete with enthusiastic commentary?

ABOUT

The Watervale Hotel

37 Main North Rd, Watervale

watervalehotel.com.au

Chef Nicola Palmer

Price guide $$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access Yes

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Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2023

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The Watervale Hotel
37 Main North Rd, Watervale
Chef(s)
Nicola Palmer
Price Guide
$$
Bookings
Recommended
Wheelchair Access
Yes

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