February 7, 2020 / By Jacqueline Alanne
Q. If you take away the pressure and stigma surrounding Valentine’s Day, what are you left with?
A. A good old excuse to book a long lunch with your favourite person.
Whether your looking for the perfect place for lunch on Valentines Day, or just need an excuse to take time out with someone special - here, we share the most delicious SA wine region restaurants to enjoy a lazy long lunch with your better half, all within an hour of Adelaide.
Mt Lofty Vineyard Restaurant, Adelaide Hills
Awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide from 2017-2019, the restaurant arm of Mount Lofty Vineyard is a bucket list definite, no matter the season, with views as charming by the open fire in winter as they are in the lush pre-vintage stage in summer.
Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday from 12.00 pm for a full a la cart or degustation menu.
Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale
Among a mix of regional classics and modern newcomers, the much-loved and revered Salopian Inn remains one of the funkiest destinations to dine in the Vale. Set in a charming old (you guessed it) inn, the food is tasty, fresh, and, well, cool. With a huge gin list, and a historic wine cellar, settle in for the long haul.
Open everyday for lunch from 12.00 pm.
Pike & Joyce, Adelaide Hills
With those epic glass bi-folds opening onto vast valley views, Pike & Joyce is perfectly geared for long summer dining. Accompanied by a strong range of Adelaide hills wine specialties, including fresh Gruner Veltliner, smooth Pinot Noir, and a couple of delicious sparkling wines.
With some of the best food in the region, enjoy a structured meal in the restaurant, or opt for regional platters in the garden.
Open for lunch Thursday - Sunday from 12.00 pm.
The Currant Shed, McLaren Vale
A local favourite for young and old, The Currant Shed is known for some pretty amaz-alicious food. Their seasonal menu doesn’t give much away, but a look at their reviews certainly tells all.
If you’re keen to try as much as possible, opt for the 6 course chef’s selection at $105, with optional wine or beer pairing for $45 sure to keep you both happy.
Open for lunch everyday except Wednesday from 12.00 pm.
Sidewood Estate Vineyard + Restaurant, Adelaide Hills
Opening their hotly-anticipated new restaurant for the first time on 1st February, Sidewood Estate is ready to live up to the hype. With a warm wood vibe contrasting raked ceilings, settle in with a glass of their multi award-winning Sauvignon Blanc (the only one of its kind this writer is known to drink) and be one of the first to experience their new offering!
Open for lunch everyday except Tuesday from 11:30 am.
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
Offering one of the most peaceful and romantic spots in the hills, The Lane is a modern classic, and also a regular Chef Hat winner in the Australian Good Food Guide awards. Stay in Hahndorf and make the most of some precious, probably much-needed time outside the city.
Open everyday for lunch from 12.00 pm.
Down the Rabbit Hole, McLaren Vale
We consider this one of SA's must-visits, and indeed, for the picnic-lovers among us who are after something low key for for our romantic outings, Down the Rabbit Hole is just the ticket.
While away the afternoon under the pine trees, and enjoy one of their delicious local platters, featuring seasonal organic produce – and with a ton of vegetarian options.
Open everyday except Wednesday from 11.00 am.
With so many world-class dining options so close to Adelaide, book your weekender and explore what SA has to offer in the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale regions. And if you're thinking of heading out for V Day, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!
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