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Marlborough is a beautiful setting for lunch and many of our local vineyards have restaurants that provide a high standard of food and service. All place emphasis on using fresh, locally sourced food, served of course with matching wines.
Below are a few of our recommended suggestions, all within an easy distance from our accommodation. We recommend booking a table in advance, especially in summer – these places get very popular.
Distance from us: 7 minute walk, open daily 12-3pm
A beautiful venue that’s great for families, this winery features a large outside grassy area with games overlooked by the seating area. In the winter, the big indoor fireplace provides a cosy atmosphere with plenty of good tables.
Try: Salmon or pork belly burger
Distance from us: 3 minute walk, open daily 10am – 4.30pm
Giesen’s tasting room opens out to a sheltered courtyard perfect for long lazy lunches.
Try: Their famous platters
Distance from us: 4 minute drive, open daily 9.30am – 4pm
Named after the trees that line the entranceway, Allan Scott’s Twelve Trees restaurant boasts immaculate gardens with fountains and a giant chess board.
Try: The seafood chowder
Distance from us: 8 minute drive, open daily 10am – 4.30pm
Rock Ferry has a relaxed ambiance in a beautiful garden setting. The menu is shorter than some of the other wineries but varies more often.
Try: Any of the desserts
Distance from us: 8 minute drive, open daily 9am – 5pm (10-4 in winter)
If wine isn’t your thing, Saint Clair also offers local ciders and an extensive range of craft beers from New Zealand breweries. The restaurant was renovated in 2015 and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere with lots of big windows.
Try: Slow cooked pork belly
Distance from us: 9 minute drive, open daily 10am – 4.30pm
The view alone makes this winery worth a visit – looking out over the vines from its vantage point on a high ridge.
Vintners Retreat offers beautiful vineyard accommodation in Marlborough.