Where to Eat in the Clare Valley: Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro, The Rising Sun Hotel, Sevenhill Hotel

When it comes to local produce, the Clare Valley can be viewed as the poorer sibling to that other popular region in South Australian, the Barossa. But the Clare, as it affectionately known, has little gems that are waiting to be discovered.

Where to Eat in the Clare Valley
Where to Eat in the Clare Valley

While seafood and shellfish are scarce, duck features predominantly on menus, along with popular fare such as steak and burgers using produce from the region.

Below is our restaurant and pub guide on where to eat in the Clare Valley.

Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro

Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro is a renowned restaurant in the Clare Valley, located a few metres from the Riesling trail.

Artisans Table
Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro

Perched high with a large terrace overlooking a tranquil landscape, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining depending on the seasons.

Artisans Table
Terrace Dining

A modern fitout with sleek lines and dark accents gives it a contemporary edge while retaining rustic features.

Artisans Table
Lounge Room

The well-priced menu by chef Roger Graham is a melee of European, Asian and modern Australian flavours.

Artisans Table
The Bar

You’ll find dishes such as albondigas, macadamia crumbed chicken breast, and a prawn laksa on the changing black board menu. Some dishes such as the duck hit the spot, others miss the mark. Service is slow, even disinterested at times so be prepared to wait if you’re hungry.

Artisans Table
Duck Breast with Couscous, Green Olives and Pistachio

Artisans Table
Steak and Mash

Artisans Table
Australian cheese & fruit platter

Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro
Wendouree Rd
Clare, SA 5453
Ph: 08 8842 1796
artisanstable.com.au

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn, Clare Valley

You’ve got to love Aussie country pubs with character where the owners or staff welcome you like old family friends, and service makes you think you’ve stumbled into a relative’s house.

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
The Rising Sun Hotel Interior

The Rising Sun Hotel is located in Auburn and offers indoor and outdoor dining in casual surrounds.

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
The Bar

The verandah is the place to sit during the summer months, watching the odd car pass by the locals.

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
Shut the Gate Riesling

The menu changes with the seasons and includes daily specials and local oysters from South Australia, the famous Rising Burger, and pan roasted duck breast.

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
Curry of the Day with Steamed Rice & Pappadum

The signature dish is The Rising Sun Classic Seafood Stew with fresh barramundi fillet, S.A prawns, scallops and mussels cooked in a hearty tomato stew with aioli. Highly recommended.

The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
The Rising Sun Classic Seafood Stew

The Rising Sun Hotel
Main North Rd
Auburn, SA 5451
08 8849 2015
www.therisingsunhotel.com.au

Sevenhill Hotel, Sevenhill, Clare Valley

It’s difficult to miss the Sevenhill Hotel, a warm and inviting country pub with a dual personality. On the street level, you’ll find a modest dining room with families enjoying a casual meal.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Upstairs Dining

Walk down a step slate incline from the main dining room and you’ll find yourself in the cellar amidst ageing bottles of wines which doubles as an intimate dining room.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Seven Hill Hotel, The Cellar Dining Room

The Sevenhill Hotel is conveniently located 12 minutes north of Auburn and five minutes south of the Clare Valley.  The rustic underground cellar stocks the largest local Clare Valley Red Wines and amidst all the bottles, you may never want to leave.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
The Cellar Dining Room

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Ageing Bottles in the Cellar

You may think you’re forgotten in the cellar but security cameras ensure service is prompt and it always arrives with a smile and a friendly face.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Pikes Riesling

Surprisingly, very few wines are available by the glass and there is no wine list. For white wines, you simply choose from what is available in the wine fridge located upstairs behind the bar. The red wines are all displayed in the cellar.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Upstairs Bar

When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong with the variety of dishes on the menu. Generous portions, great flavours, warm service and an unparalleled ambiance will bring you back to the Sevenhill Hotel.

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Duo of Dips with Grilled Pita Bread

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Fetta Stuffed Swiss Brown Mushroom with Butternut Pumpkin, Eggplant, Baby Spinach & Zucchini Ratatouille

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Fish of the Day, Barramundi with Vegetable Tempura

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Scotch Fillet with Roast Baby Potatoes, Swiss Brown Mushroom & Garlic Butter

Sevenhill Hotel, Clare Valley
Belgian Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel & Coffee Beans

Sevenhill Hotel
Main North Rd
Sevenhill, Clare Valley, SA 5453
www.sevenhillhotel.com.au
Ph: 08 8843 4217

Gourmantic travelled to the Clare Valley as a guest of Taylors Wines

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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