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 2016 

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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Breakfast served

from 8am till 11:30am Sat - Sun

from 8:30am till 11:30am Mon - Fri

All of our eggs are free range!!

Scones with chantilly cream, jam and butter 2 for 8
Assorted Danish pastries - please see inside for today’s flavours 7
Fresh seasonal fruit platter 12
House made muesli with vanilla yoghurt and berry compote 14
Gypsy ham and mozzarella croquetta with poached egg, herb roasted field mushroom, sauteed spinach and "MP" smoky bbq sauce 20
Omelette with Hunter Valley fetta, asparagus and roasted pesto tomato 19
add fresh prosciutto 23
Spiced baked Spanish beans with egg, fetta, grilled chorizo and sour dough 22
Breaky Roll: fried eggs, American streaky bacon, mozzarella and "MP" smoky bbq sauce on a toasted brioche roll 12.5
   
House made fluffy pancakes with your choice of:
  • Fresh banana and passionfruit butter
  • Belgium chocolate, hazelnut sauce and vanilla ice cream
  • Honey vanilla yoghurt, Canadian maple syrup and fresh strawberries
17
Eggs benedict with your choice of:
  • Roasted mushroom
  • House cured salmon gravlax
  • Double smoked Gypsy ham
  • American streaky bacon
22
Big Breaky:
Grilled sour dough, poached eggs, American streaky bacon, chipolatas, roasted mushrooms, hash brown, vine ripened tomato and smoky bbq sauce
25
Avocado Vego Delight:
Grilled sourdough, smashed avocado, roasted mushroom, vine ripened tomato, grilled haloumi and herb oil
25
Additions to your breaky:  
Poached Eggs 5
Grilled sourdough 4
Herb roasted field mushrooms 4
Pesto roasted tomato 3.5
Hash brown 3
Grilled sliced haloumi 5
House cured salmon gravlax 5.5
Gypsy ham 4.5
American streaky bacon 4.5
Beef chipolata 4
Hollandasie 2.5
"MP" smoky bbq sauce 2
Smashed avocado 3.5
   
Kids Breaky menu (12 and under only)  
Pancakes with fresh strawberries and honey vanilla yoghurt 9
Grilled Gypsy ham or bacon or beef chipolatas served with poached egg and toast 9

 

6Lunch from 12 midday

Charred ciabatta with trio of house made dips 12
Bruschetta of roasted butternut pumpkin, grilled haloumi, pesto, mesculin and apple balsamic glaze 16
Goats cheese and herb roasted field mushrooms with roasted capsicum, pin nut and mesculin salad 26
Quiche of roasted butternut pumpkin, goats cheese and caramelised onion with mixed leaves, grilled asparagus and roasted capsicum salad

26

 add grilled chorizo                                29
Rosemary backed Hunter Valley brie wrapped in prosciutto with charred ciabatta and quince paste 24
Thai blue swimmer crab and prawn caked with Asian Salad and chilli plum dipping sauce 28
Dill cured salmon gravlax with kipfler, fennel, Spanish onion, preserved lemon and seeded mustard aioli, fried baby capers and house made lavosh 28
Saffron gnocchi with tomato, baby spinach, grilled asparagus and grana padano 26
Beer battered snapper with potato chips and house made tartare sauce 28
Gypsy ham and mozzarella croquetta with grilled chorizo, sauteed baby English spinach and tomato salsa 24
Chicken and leek shephard pie with roasted butternut pumpkin, macadamia and baby English spinach salad 28
Slow braised beef bolar blade with creamy garlic mash, caramelised onion and "MP" beetroot relish 26
Middle Eastern lamb with warm pita bread, hommous, labna tzatziki and tomato, cucumber, coriander salsa 28
   
The Deck Mezze: Prosciutto, chorizo, salmon gravlax, roasted capsicum, labna, mixed marinated olives, grand marnier duck liver parfait with cornichons, charred eggplant, roasted butternut pumpkin and goats cheese frittata, haloumi, pesto roasted tomato, beetroot relish, and grilled ciabatta bread 30

Sides

  • Rocket, tomato and cucumber salad
  • Rosemary salted chips with aioli

 

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8

Kids Menu (12 and under only) - All served with tomato, cucumber and chips

  • Ham and pineapple pizza
  • Grilled beef chipolatas
  • Battered fish

9.5

All day dining: Gourmet brioche rolls - toasted

  • Gypsy ham, roasted capsicum, brie and rocket
  • Salmon gravlax, citrus cream, avocado, rocket and Spanish onion
  • Eggpant, roasted capsicum, pesto, haloumi and caramelised onion
  • Breaky Roll: fried eggs, American streaky bacon, mozzarella and "MP" spicy bbq sauce
12.5

 

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.

 

Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival

May ~ June 2016

Hunter Valley Chefs Plates

 

The Deck Cafe Lovedale

2 courses with wine $39

 

 Salmon gravlax with kipfler potato and fennel salad 

Gartelmanns Benjamin Semillon Tasting Pour

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Slow braised beef bolar blade with creamy garlic mash, 'MP' beetroot relish and caramelised onion

Gartelmanns Wilhelm Shiraz Tasting Pour

 


 


 

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


 

Group Set Menus
 
Bubbles and Pancakes
Minimum 10 people
$25 per person served with a glass of Moscato or Blanc de blanc

House made fluffy pancakes with your choice of:
Fresh banana and passionfruit butter
or
Belgium chocolate, hazelnut sauce and vanilla ice cream
or
Honey vanilla yoghurt, Canadian maple syrup and fresh strawberries

Group Breakfsat Menu
Minimum 10 people
$22 per person
or
$30 per person with a glass of Moscato or Blanc de blanc

To start Fresh seasonal fruit platter

followed by your choice of:

House made fluffy pancakes with
fresh banana and passionfruit butter   or
Honey vanilla yoghurt, Canadian maple syrup and fresh strawberries
or
Big Breakfast: grilled sour dough, poached eggs, American streaky bacon, beef chipolatas and a hash brown
or
Vego Delight: grilled sour dough, smashed avocado, herb roasted field mushroom, grilled haloumi and pesto roasted tomato
or
Eggs benedict: with double smoked Gypsy ham or roasted mushroom or American style streaky bacon
 
Please note:
Groups upto 12pax ~ Guests select upon arrival
Groups 12pax - 24pax ~ Guests pre select 3days prior to event   Groups 24+ ~ Organiser selects prior to arrival 2 options to be served alternate drop
Children’s breakfast menu is also available.
No split bills

 
Group Lunch Menu A
Minimum 10 people
$30 per person
 
your choice of:
Roasted butternut pumpkin, goats cheese and caramelised onion quiche with rocket and apple balsamic glaze
or
Beer battered snapper with hand cut potato chips and house made tartare sauce
or
Slow braised beef bolar blade with creamy garlic mash and caramelised onion

To share:
Rocket, tomato and cucumber salad
Rosemary salted hand cut chips with aioli

Please note:
Groups upto 12pax ~ Guests select upon arrival
Groups 12pax - 24pax ~ Guests pre select 3days prior to event   Groups 24+ ~ Organiser selects prior to arrival 2 options to be served alternate drop
Children’s lunch menu is also available.
No split bills




Group Lunch Menu B
Minimum 10 people
$34 per person

your choice of:

Shared Entree
Charred ciabatta with trio of house made dips

your choice of:

Roasted butternut pumpkin, goats cheese and caramelised onion quiche with rocket and apple balsamic glaze
or
Beer battered snapper with hand cut potato chips and house made tartare sauce
or
Chicken and leek shepherds pie with roasted butternut pumpkin, macadamia and baby English spinach salad

To share:
Rocket, tomato and cucumber salad
Rosemary salted hand cut chips with aioli

Please note:
Groups upto 12pax ~ Guests select upon arrival
Groups 12pax - 24pax ~ Guests pre select 3days prior to event   Groups 24 + ~ Organiser selects prior to arrival 2 options to be served alternate drop
Children’s lunch menu is also available.
No split bills

 

 

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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 Eve
  • New Year's Day

 

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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
  • Summer Berry Vanilla Scented Jam
  • Fig, Date & Walnut Roll
  • Lavosh

Total RRP $133

Special Christmas Price $90 save $43
"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 $145

Special Christmas Price $100 save $45


 


 

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