Looking for the best place for breakfast in the Hunter Valley? While there may plenty to choose from, the quality of the food, the ambiance and the views are what really makes a lazy breakfast in the Hunter Valley the perfect way to start a day in the vineyards.

Deck Cafe

The Deck Cafe

One of the most popular places for a Hunter Valley breakfast may be found on Lovedale Road, Lovedale. The Deck Café, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, is a stylish outdoors café and is open 7 days for Breakfast. The cafe is situated on the deck overlooking a dam and the deck has recently been extended to cater for the ever-growing popularity of the café and the Lovedale region.

They also offer a fabulous group breakfast menu (when booked ahead) as below:

Fresh seasonal fruit platter to share followed by your choice of:

House made fluffy pancakes
Canadian maple syrup, vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries
Big Breakfast: grilled sour dough, poached eggs, American streaky bacon, beef chipolatas, heirloom pesto tomatoes and a hash brown
Vego Delight: grilled sour dough, smashed avocado, herb roasted field mushroom, grilled haloumi and pesto roasted tomato
Eggs benedict: Herb roasted field mushroom, Beetroot and gin cured salmon gravlax,American streaky bacon, Double smoked Gypsy ham

$27 per person or $35 per person with a glass of sparkling wine

deck Cafe

Children’s breakfast menu is also available. And don’t forget to make a booking on the weekend, as it can get very busy!

Hours are Monday to Friday: 8:30 till 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 8am till 3:30pm

Book at 02 49309007

Location: 701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, NSW


Still on Lovedale Road, Emerson’s Café & Restaurant is situated in the beautiful Adina Vineyard. The café and restaurant is surrounded by acres of established vineyards & an impressive olive grove.

Emerson’s Café & Restaurant is committed to producing quality food, with Chef Emerson Rodriguez taking great pride in respecting his ingredients. It is a great place for a relaxed weekend Hunter Valley breakfast. Eat al fresco on the verandah, overlooking the olive trees and vineyard or inside according to the weather.

Lovedale breakfast

Highlights of the menu include emerson’s fluffy pancakes topped with bananas, honeycomb butter and maple syrup, barry brothers thick cut bacon, mushrooms, spinach, poached eggs and sourdough, nasi goreng with fried egg or french toast with house made custard, fresh strawberries and chantilly cream.

Bookings are recommended and can be made on 0249  307 029.

Breakfast 8am – 11am

Location: 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

Wandin Valley Estate Cafe

Wandin Valley Estate Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8am-3pm for breakfast and lunch. Relax overlooking the vines from the gorgeous deck and enjoy eggs with white bean, chorizo & capsicum cassoulet with sourdough, Veggie omelette with tomato, mushroom, baby spinach, capsicum & mozzarella or how about the shebang with the big breakfast with eggs, bacon, chipolatas, field mushrooms, haloumi, potato rosti, white bean cassoulet & sourdough!

And for those needing gluten free options, gluten free bread is available.

Book at  02 4930 9804

Location: 12 Wilderness Road, Lovedale

Lovedale Smokehouse Café

While Lovedale Smokehouse Café  isn’t officially open for “breakfast”, an opening time of 10.30 am from Thursday to Monday could be just when many of us are getting out and about after wine tasting or exploring all that the Hunter Valley has to offer the day before. ​

The menu at Lovedale Smokehouse Café features their share style charcuterie platters which showcase their range of smoked and cured cold cut meats, smoked seafood, terrines, pates, cheeses and hand made chutneys. The platters are served with ample sourdough and salad.

Relax in the courtyard featuring vineyard views and splashing fountains or in our air conditioned dining room with a craft beer, cider, Hunter Valley wine or coffee. Sitting in such a beautiful outdoor setting certainly makes Lovedale Smokehouse one of the best places for breakfast in the Hunter Valley

Hours: Thurs to Mon 10.30am-4pm

Book at 02 49307832  ​​​

Location: 64 Majors Lane, Lovedale NSW 2320