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Penny's Hill

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281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
+61 8 8557 0840
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant offers two distinct dining experiences...
'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant offers two distinct dining experiences. Regional, seasonal and affordable underpin both formal dining in 'Gedney Room' or a casual 'Drew's Verandah' offer. Both spaces overlook the post and rail fences of the Suffolk sheep paddocks, a vista not available from any CBD eatery. 'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant was awarded the National Restaurant & Catering Awards title of "Best Restaurant in a Winery" in 2007 and again in 2013 as well as the South Australian title in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
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  • 56
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon..

We booked the Gedney Room in the restaurant 'The Kitchen Door' and decided to try the degustation menu. The service was lovely - friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff that took very good care of us, we felt very welcome! The ambiance is great, with a large window looking upon the vines and sheep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We booked the Gedney Room in the restaurant 'The Kitchen Door' and decided to try the degustation menu. The service was lovely - friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff that took very good care of us, we felt very welcome! The ambiance is great, with a large window looking upon the vines and sheep running around and local paintings hanging on the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Penny's Hill wines have always been a favourite of mine, and now I can safely say the same about their food. We arrived to find our friends already seated at our table, barista made coffees in hand, and a warm greeting by the staff. The seasonal menu showcases the best local produce, from the winery's very own herb garden, to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The setting is beautiful - we could see the sheep out the window. The food was fabulous with lots of interesting flavours. The only negative was the time it took for our food to arrive. We were intending to go somewhere else after lunch, but unfortunately due to the time it took for our food to arrive we had to... More 

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Broken Hill, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I don't have one negative thing to say about this place. The best lazy Sunday lunch in a long time. Try it for urself.

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Cowra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This restaurant was recommended in a Mercedes Benz article and it was a great place to enjoy lunch while touring the McClaren Vale area. The food is unusual but tasty and the house red was nice. We only shared a vegetarian appetiser as we had just come from the fabulous food markets at nearby Wirlunga. The venue is warm and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Had a quick lunch in the more casual part of the restaurant on a visit to McLaren Vale wineries. Lovely setting overlooking vines, sheep and new spring lambs. Lovely platter of mushrooms and sliders with a glass of the house wine. Good prices for a light lunch. Forgot my wine but eventually brought with apologies. Didn't charge me for it.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The setting is lovely and the wines are definitely worth trying but... the savoury dishes and main meal in our degustation lunch were very ordinary. Haggis croquettes with parsnip mash and wasabi aioli sounds exciting but was actually dull, the pate was bland and the roast pork and veg were only luke warm and chewy. The between meal taste tempters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Thankyou Sarah G for the amazing down to earth nature of your service. We were here for a degustation and enjoyed every single minute of our service, every meal and every wine. Not one complaint. Every expectation was met and our visit has made our weekend. Thankyou Thankyou.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Good food, nice wines, obsequious waiter. 5% surcharge for paying with AMEX. Unforgivable in this day and age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Another lovely afternoon at Penny's Hill. The new menu was great, I really enjoyed my main of Elk with a chocolate & Guinness sauce with cauliflower & white bean purée, thank you Neil & Chris. The Grenache was a great choice & many thanks to Barnaby for all the laughs & the great service. Will definitely be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 281 Main Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  McLaren Vale
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8557 0840

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 to 28
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant offers two distinct dining experiences. Regional, seasonal and affordable underpin both formal dining in 'Gedney Room' or a casual 'Drew's Verandah' offer. Both spaces overlook the post and rail fences of the Suffolk sheep paddocks, a vista not available from any CBD eatery. 'The Kitchen Door' Restaurant was awarded the National Restaurant & Catering Awards title of "Best Restaurant in a Winery" in 2007 and again in 2013 as well as the South Australian title in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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