Reviews, Awards & Accolades

5 Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 – 2018
SMH Good Food Guide - One Chef Hat 2017, 2018
Andrew Margan- Viticulturist of the Year 2015
Winner - Best Winery, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 – Hall of Fame
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2014, 2015
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, Australian Tourism Awards 2014
Winner - Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2013
Winner - Best Restaurant, Australian Tourism Awards 2012
Margan Restaurant
7 May 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Cauliflower Cheese

As summer fades and the days become cooler, we welcome the change as it means beautiful cauliflowers in our kitchen garden are ready to harvest. Of the brassica family, the cauliflower is nutrient dense and has several health benefits which position it is a ‘super food’. That aside it is a tried and true crowd pleaser and versatile to cook with. An easy and tasty way to enjoy it is as a simple baked cauliflower cheese.  Continue »

Time Posted: 07/05/2020 at 1:34 PM
Margan Restaurant
30 April 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Beetroot Pickle

The humble beetroot if one of our favourite vegetable here at Margan. We love it’s versatility, robust flavour and ability to be intergrated into both sweet and savoury applications. One of the many preparations of beetroot that we favour is a simple pickle. Once made, it can live in your pantry or fridge for years. Whip it out for a crunchy addition to any late-night toastie, as a side salad with some rocket, walnut and blue cheese or even use it to provide some acidic respite with fried or baked fish instead of lemon. As the old saying goes “you can beat an egg…”  Continue »

Time Posted: 30/04/2020 at 1:02 PM
Margan Restaurant
22 April 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Ricotta and Soft Herb Tortellini

Cooler Autumn weather and isolation rules call for comfort food. Having extra time to spend in the kitchen is a perfect time to learn a new skill and making and shaping pasta can be very therapeutic.  Continue »

Time Posted: 22/04/2020 at 9:00 AM
Margan Wines
1 April 2019 | Margan Wines

Lisa's Torta di Mele recipe

When it’s apple season, we always find room for a slice of this heartwarming torte with walnuts and apples galore.  Continue »

Newcastle Herald
25 October 2017 | Newcastle Herald

Ricotta tortellini, basil and pine nuts

Hunter Valley Restaurant Tortellini

While travelling through Italy recently Chef enjoyed a similar dish in a small family run cafe in Rome - so simple but delicious. A great recipe to make when you have spare time and would like to try a new skill.

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John Lethlean
9 June 2017 | John Lethlean

Flavour of the month: Margan hen’s egg, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac

Everything in this dish except the salt is grown on site at Margan. How cool is that?  Continue »

Time Posted: 09/06/2017 at 11:40 AM
Newcastle Herald
21 April 2017 | Newcastle Herald

Roast beetroot salad with whipped goats curd, bitter leaves and hazelnut dressing

They are a classic combination, beetroot and goat cheese, and one of my go-to favourites when entertaining guests at home. This recipe is quick and simple but delivers on flavour and texture. It can be a side dish or served as a great entree, perfect for an autumn dinner party.  Continue »

Time Posted: 21/04/2017 at 11:05 AM
Newcastle Herald
16 April 2017 | Newcastle Herald

Wobbly and ugly makes for the best carrot cake

The best carrots don't have to be straight and orange. It's all about the flavour, not the looks.  Continue »

Time Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:10 PM
Newcastle Herald
14 April 2017 | Newcastle Herald

Honey and Thyme roasted Quail with Feta, Quinoa, Cranberry and Pecan Salad

This dish is bright, colourful and most of it can be prepared in advance so is a great one for entertaining. It works equally well for a fast and nutritious home-cooked meal with the superfood powers of pomegranate, cranberry and quinoa and honey.  Continue »

Time Posted: 14/04/2017 at 2:23 PM