As part of the multi award winning Calais Estate, The Verandah Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to wine and dine in a unique environment.Surrounded by one hundred and twenty five acres of famed Hunter Valley countryside, The Verandah Restaurant delivers a real wine country experience.
The restaurant has stayed true to its wine growing heritage, opting not to modernise the historic two storey building, but keep the original sandstone, wood and brick. A striking wooden verandah embraces two sides of the building and creates an exclusive dining area which is the key feature of the restaurant, and its namesake. By utilising the building's original characteristics visitors are offered a glimpse into the past, to the beginnings of what is now an internationally acclaimed wine growing region.
With twenty five acres of working vines and a celebrated cellar door, boasting tasting of over twenty wines, patrons have the opportunity to see the vines, then taste the finished product with assistance from experienced and informative wine lovers.
Wine tasting is followed by an essential visit upstairs to the conveniently located Verandah Restaurant. An original wooden staircase, dimly lit, directs visitors upstairs to the restaurant and gives way to the large bright room and impressive open fireplace that is its interior. Most choose to continue outside to the exquisite verandah. Its breathtaking views and spacious atmosphere, are what makes The Verandah Restaurant a tourism drawcard, and infamous with both locals and visitors.
The Verandah Restaurant is passionate about making a positive contribution to the region. By introducing a new style of menu called Tapas Style patrons are offered a chance to sample a variety of dishes that are shared amongst the table.
The menus variety is distinctive and diverse, without being overwhelming. The staff are friendly and approachable yet display professionalism in their work. They are hand picked to compliment the restaurant and have a diverse knowledge of the menu, the estate and the region.
Though tourists undoubtedly make up a large majority of patrons, the restaurant is conscious of the local community. Special locals nights are held once a month and encourage strong working relationships with other wine growers and traders, as well as allowing residents to enjoy whats on offer in their own backyard.
The Verandah Restaurant is fast becoming a must in Pokolbin and the larger Hunter Valley region, with its mix of historic charm and sophistication it creates an incredible tourism experience.