On The Deck

The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, The Hunter Valley, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe, open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 till 3:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am till 3:30pm
  • CLOSED Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Australia Day 2017

The cafe provides a diverse and delightful menu complimented by Gartelmann wines and a generous range of beverages and Piazza D'oro coffee.

The cafe is situated on the deck over the dam in young forest bushland. It is an experience to remember with experienced chef and staff cooking some cafe favourites with a Hunter Valley fine-dining twist.

Matt Dillow opened the cafe in July 2013 as his third hospitality venture in the Hunter Valley. His success began with the now-famed Verandah Restaurant at Calais Estate and then followed by Twine Restaurant at Wynwood estate. Both restaurants enjoy excellent reviews and have quickly become favourites for locals and visitors to the region.

The Deck Cafe is open 7 days a week and is also available for groups, weddings and private functions. Read more about our set menus, wedding and function packages under "On Occasions".

Please note: Bookings over 8 people are appreciated.

The Staff

The staff at The Deck Cafe Lovedale have a huge amount of experience, mostly at other Hunter Valley establishments including catering for large corporate events, weddings and outdoor catering for concerts and other public events.

Manager Breeana Hug, has worked for many years here in the Hunter and is a home-grown talent, brings a personal friendly touch to the cafe making everyone feel welcome. She aims to maintain the same excellence of service that you'd expect at the Verandah Restaurant or Twine Restaurant, even though the setting and the menu is a little more casual.

We all know how important the staff's manner and attitide is for pleasurable dining. The online reviews for the restaurants where these people have been trained and have worked, are very complimentary. You can expect to not be disappointed at The Deck Cafe Lovedale.

Check out the full-page write up in Good Taste for August 2013

Article for the Lovedale Long Lunch 2014

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1687453/lovedale-beyond-the-long-lunch/

See the full page article is the Herald Good Taste for April 2014 here.

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Main Menu

Printable version here

Our menu features fresh local produce including our own range of Matt's Produce items you can sample.

We offer an itemised account to each table - we are happy to have multiple payments however we can not split the bill with individual items

Please note that a 10% surcharge applies on all public holidays

Beverage List

Printable version here

Our wine list features the full range of Gartlemann wines. Gartlemann specialise in fine hand-crafted wines using grapes sourced from the Lower and Upper Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Rylstone and Orange regions of NSW.

We proudly serve Piazza Doro Coffee and an extensive range of Ceylon Tea.

http://www.verandahrestaurant.com.au/uploadFiles/files/DeckGroupBreakfastMenu_Summer2016.pdf
http://www.verandahrestaurant.com.au/uploadFiles/files/DeckGroupLunchMenu2017.pdf

FUNCTIONS

The Deck Cafe Lovedale prides itself on excellent food and great service.
All menus are samples and some ingredients may not be available at certain times of the year.
All menus are guidelines and can be changed to suit your needs and create the ultimate night for your special event.
All menus are based on a minimum of 20 guests.

Thank you again for considering The Deck Cafe Lovedale and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or wish to arrange a time to discuss your requirements.
 

Functions Menu

CANAPES
Tomato, basil, bruschetta bites
Hommous and roasted capsicum croutes
Smoked salmon lemon mascarpone and Spanish onion croutes
Four cheese risotto balls
Zucchini and pinenut frittata
Thai chicken tartlet
Twice cooked duck in rice paper w, hoi sin
Leek and fetta quiche
Vegetarian spring rolls
Moroccan lamb balls w, minted yoghurt
Asparagus wrapped w, proscuitto
Freshly shucked oysters w, soy mirin dressing
Seared tuna w, wasabi aioli

BREAD
Warm sour dough rolls

ENTREES
Cauliflower and potato soup drizzled w, truffle oil
Roasted butternut pumpkin and fetta risotto
Caramelized onion, semi-sundried tomato and goats cheese tart
Smoked salmon w, potato, fennel, and dill salad
Charred field mushroom w, roast capsicum and fetta and rocket salad
Seared tuna on cucumber ribbon salad w, soy mirin glaze
Chargrilled vegetable stack w, basil and bocconcini
Tandoori chicken and cucumber salad w, tatziki
Lemon and garlic prawns w, roasted capsicum mesclun salad
Lamb tenderloin on char-grilled eggplant w, harrisa yoghurt

MAINS
Chicken breast filled with ricotta, sage and pinenuts on roasted kumara
Char-grilled eye fillet on root vegetable and rosemary roesti w, caramelized onion
Grilled Atlantic salmon on skordallia w sweet red pepper dressing
Rosemary lamb backstrap on minted pea and parmesan risotto w, semi sundried tomatoes
Duck confit on chestnut potato puree and glazed pears
Grilled barramundi on herbed potato puree w, olive tapanade
Grilled sirloin on handcut potato chips w, field mushroom and red wine jus
Mains served w, bowls of salad or steamed vegetables

DESSERTS
Lemon curd tart w, mixed berry compote and Chantilly cream
Chocolate jaffa tart w, pistachio ice-cream
Sticky date, fig and walnut pudding w, caramel sauce and ice cream
Cappuccino crème brulee w, almond and orange biscotti
Red wine poached pear and w, cinnamon and orange syrup
Vanilla bean pannacotta w, raspberry compote and praline
Individual black forest cake w, chocolate shaving

5 hour food and drink package
$125 per person including one sparkling, two white wines, two red wines and beer

Food Package

3 canapés two entrée, two mains and two desserts: $80
3 canapés, one entrée, two mains and one desserts: $78
3 canapés, one entrée, one main, and one dessert: $75
3 canapés, two entrée and two mains: $75
 3 canapés, two mains and two desserts: $70
(Alternately served)
Please choose bowls of salad or vegetables for the tables
Minimum 20 people

Beverage Package

3 HOUR BEVERAGE PACKAGE!!
$40 per person,

4 HOUR BEVERAGE PACKAGE!!
$48 per person,

5 HOUR BEVERAGE PACKAGE!!
$55 per person,

3, 4 and 5 hour beverage packages:
Hours must be specified 2 weeks  prior to function due to staffing reasons!
Gartelmann’s sparkling White
Two Gartelmann Hunter Valley White Wines
Two Gartelmann Hunter Valley Red Wines
Two Premium Beers and One Light Beer
Soft Drinks


 

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Trading Hours

Open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 till 3:30pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am till 3:30pm


Holiday Trading Hours

The Deck Cafe Lovedale will be closed on the following dates:
 

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Australia Day

 

Lovedale Chamber of Commerce Lovedale Chamber of Commerce - click the logo to go there
Lovedale Tourist information - see our listing here
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Gartelmann Wines

 

Our Partner Restaurants

We invite your to be our guests at one of our other fine restaurants here in the Hunter Valley.

The Verandah Restaurant is the ultimate in dining for those who enjoy great Modern Australian Food Served Tapas Style

Open 7 days for lunch from 12pm and dinner Thursday - Sunday from 6pm

 

 

 

 

Twine Restaurant is the ultimate function and event venue

The team at Twine are on hand to create your event, from an intimate dinner for you and your friends in our wine room to large scale events of 150 in our Barrel room.

Do you already have a venue but need a cater??? Matt can design a menu to suit your requirements contact us now - bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au

Matt's Produce

Because the Hunter is so rich in agriculture, wine and fresh food products, Matt has always used the finest fresh local produce in his menus. Now those magnificent chef-only flavours are coming into your kitchen in the form of gourmet produce.

In every case, attention to quality is paramount so that the produce is worthy of fine diners and food and wine connoisseurs; the kind of folk who are so attracted to the Hunter Valley.

So if you want to create meals that leave a lasting impression or you love to serve tapas with a twist to your own guests, Matt's Produce is the place to start. You can even buy online and have gourmet produce shipped right to your door. Click Here.

Hamper Packs

Special Christmas Prices!!

"Entertainer's" Pack
  • Apple Balsamic Glaze
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Oil
  • Beetroot Relish
  • Olive Tapenade
  • Smokey BBQ Sauce
  • Fig, Date & Walnut Roll
  • Lavosh

Total RRP $131

Special Christmas Price $105 save $26
"Gourmet Chef" pack
  • Apple Balsamic Glaze
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Oil
  • Capsicum, Tomato & Chilli Relish (Hot)
  • Caramelised Onions
  • Asian Basting Marinade
  • Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • Wholegrain Mustard with Fresh Horseradish
  • Preserved Lemon

Total RRP $143

Special Christmas Price $115 save $45


 


 

Off-Site Catering

Yes Matt does off-site Hunter Valley Catering for group functions, parties and public events.

Our team are experienced and equipped to make your Hunter Valley Catering event a roaring success. You may have seen our stalls and banners around at various private and public events in and around the Hunter Valley.

The food is spectacular whether we're cooking in a commercial kitchen or bringing our own equipment to an outdoor venue. You won't be disappointed.
View our offsite, outdoor catering menus using the button below.

Please contact us via the "Contact Us" button or call us to discuss your needs further.

Off-site Catering Menus

CANAPES

Tomato, basil, bruschetta bites
Hommous and roasted capsicum croutes
Smoked salmon lemon mascarpone and Spanish onion croutes
Four cheese risotto balls
Zucchini and pinenut frittata
Thai chicken tartlet
Twice cooked duck in rice paper w, hoi sin
Leek and fetta quiche
Vegetarian spring rolls
Moroccan lamb balls w, minted yoghurt
Asparagus wrapped w, proscuitto
Freshly shucked oysters w, soy mirin dressing
Seared tuna w, wasabi aioli

BREAD

Warm sour dough w, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic

ENTREES

Cauliflower and potato soup drizzled w, truffle oil
Roasted butternut pumpkin and fetta risotto
Caramelized onion, semi-sundried tomato and goats cheese tart
Smoked salmon w, potato, fennel, and dill salad
Charred field mushroom w, roast capsicum and fetta and rocket salad
Seared tuna on cucumber ribbon salad w, soy mirin glaze
Char grilled vegetable stack w, basil and bocconcini
Tandoori chicken and cucumber salad w, tatziki
Lemon and garlic prawns w, roasted capsicum mesclun salad
Lamb tenderloin on char-grilled eggplant w, harrisa yoghurt

MAINS

Chicken breast filled with ricotta, sage and pinenuts on roasted kumara
Char-grilled eye fillet on root vegetable and rosemary roesti w, caramelized onion
Grilled Atlantic salmon on skordallia w sweet red pepper dressing
Rosemary lamb backstrap on minted pea and parmesan risotto w, semi sundried tomatoes
Duck confit on chestnut potato puree and glazed pears
Grilled barramundi on herbed potato puree w, olive tapanade
Grilled sirloin on handcut potato chips w, field mushroom and red wine jus

Mains served w, bowls of salad

DESSERTS

Lemon curd tart w, mixed berry compote and Chantilly cream
Chocolate jaffa tart w, pistachio ice-cream
Sticky date, fig and walnut pudding w, caramel sauce and ice cream
Cappuccino crème brulee w, almond and orange biscotti
Red wine poached pear and w, cinnamon and orange syrup
Vanilla bean pannacotta w, raspberry compote and praline
Individual black forest cake w, chocolate shaving

Cost:

  • Choice of 3 canapés two entrée, two mains, bowls of salad and two desserts: $100
  • Choice of 3 canapés, one entrée, two mains, bowls of salad and one desserts: $90
  • Choice of 3 canapés, one entrée, one main, bowls of salads and one desserts: $85
  • Choice of 3 canapes, two entrée and two mains bowls of salads: $80
  • Choice of 3 canapés, two mains, bowls of salad and two desserts: $75

 

THE GREAT SEAFOOD BBQ (Served buffet style)

Warm ciabatta bread
Platter of grilled vegetables
Platter of oysters
Lavosh with smoked salmon and avocado salsa
Grilled garlic and lemon king prawns
Scallops wrapped in pancetta
Bbq roasted whole snapper
Potato and bacon salad
Tomato, rocket and apple balsamic
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Australian cheese platter
$60 per person

THE GREAT OUTBACK BBQ (Served buffet style)

Warm ciabatta bread
Platter of grilled vegetables
Char grilled eye fillet
Harissa lamb skewers
Moroccan chicken tenderloin
Potato and bacon salad
Tomato, rocket and apple balsamic
~
Australian cheese platter
$60 per person


THE GREAT AUSSIE BBQ (Served buffet style)

Warm ciabatta bread
Platter of grilled vegetables
Platter of oysters
Lavosh with smoked salmon and avocado salsa
Grilled garlic and lemon king prawns
Moroccan chicken tenderloin
Char grilled eye fillet
Potato and bacon salad
Tomato, rocket and apple balsamic
~
Australian cheese platter
$65 per person

Canapé menus

Stand up Canapé only function menu can be organised and an example is below:

Duck liver parfait with Morpeth sour dough
Sydney rock oysters with soy mirin dipping sauce
Kumera, fetta and sage arancini
Vodka, lime and dill salmon gravalax, buckwheat blini and lime finger pearls
Coriander tempura prawns with nam jim dipping sauce
Slow braised pork belly with green paw paw salsa
Duck confit and gnocchi with rhubarb and orange glaze
Rosemary and honey lamb cutlets with smashed peas
Seared beef with horseradish cream
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Lemon curd tart with mixed berry compote
Chocolate orange tart with pistachio praline cream
$95 per person

Twine Restaurant prides itself on excellent food and great service.
All menus are samples and some ingredients may not be available at certain times of the year.
All menus are guidelines and can be changed to suit your needs and create the ultimate night for your special event.
All menus include kitchen staff and are based on a minimum of 50 guests.
Wait staff are extra and we can supply professional bar and wait staff starting at $35 per hour with a minimum of 4 hours.
Extra costs may incur depending on venues requirements for function.
All prices are inclusive of GST.
Styling the ultimate event

Matt and Andy's Tassie Tastebud Adventure of Southern Tasmania with hosts:

Chef/Restauranteur Matt Dillow and
Wine Expert Andrew Grubb


Cooking classes, salmon farm tour, wine tasting, cider tasting, hands on cheese making and more all in an action packed 4 nights and 5 full days!!

Tour Dates

...To be confirmed.

Itinerary

Day One ~ Monday

Meet in Hobart at 10am and drive to our accommodation.
Accommodation for next four nights is at Villa Howden, luxury accommodation on the waterfront of Howden. Visiting Grandvewe Cheese, Birchs Bay for a hands on cheese making class, tasting and lunch cooked by Matt, using Grandvewe Cheese products and other locally sourced ingredients. Chocolate tasting at world famous Kettering Chocolate finishing the day with dinner at Villa Howden.

Day Two ~ Tuesday

An early start making our way down the South coast to Huon Valley, followed by lunch cooked by Matt using Tasmanian Salmon and local produce. Stopping at Willie Smith Apple Cider Orchard tour and cider tasting, with an apple inspired dessert, followed by Home Hill Winery for wine tasting. Then dinner cooked by Matt using locally sourced produce.

Day Three ~ Wednesday

Take the car ferry to Bruny Island to discover Bruny Island Oysters, Bruny Island Cheese, Bruny Island Smoke House and have an optional whisky flight tasting. Boat ride TBC.
Ferry back to mainland. Arrive back in Villa Howden to freshen up then leave for dinner in Hobart for a degustation dinner at “Smolt Restaurant.”

Day Four ~ Thursday

Leave Villa Howden and head inland towards the Coal River region.
Wicked Cheese for cheese tasting and morning tea, Puddle Duck Vineyard wine and salmon tasting. Lunch cooked by Matt using local produce. Off to richmond region with free time to discover the Historic Richmond Town before we arrive back to the Villa Howden we visit Mount Wellington.
Dinnger tonight will be a 4 course dinner with Tasmanian cider and wine.

Day Five ~  Friday

Finish off with a long lunch in Hobart renowned seafood restaurant Mures.

Cost of $1750 per person twine share, single supplements can be arranged on request.
Tour includes:- 
5 Action packed days and 4 nights accommodation in a luxury villa
“Villa Howden”, Howden Bus transport for entire time of the tour.


For bookings and any questions please contact Matt
info@mattsproduce.com.au

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