Holiday in wine country
“We have lived here for almost three years and we grow to love the area more by the day,” smiles 32-year-old Matty Kerr, the younger brother of supermodel and businesswoman Miranda. “We were both frustrated and claustrophobic living in Sydney.”
“We both have parents and grandparents who love food and made sure that we were raised with an appreciation for healthy, home-made, family-style meals,” adds Jimmy, 38. “So it was only natural that we would carry this into our own restaurant. We both had a keen interest in organics before we met, so it went without saying that our restaurant would have a mostly organic bent.”
The restaurant, which is located in the picturesque Pokolbin area of the Hunter, features a menu of dishes all inspired by Kerr matriarch Ann ‘Nanna’ Kerr. There’s a nod to their famous sister, with the ever-changing Pie of the Day inspired by Miranda’s favourite flavours, an organic brioche burger that just happens to be Matty’s favourite, traditional roast dinners with a modern twist, and a dessert menu that will have you salivating – don’t miss Nanna’s Dirty Chai Panna Cotta, which was created in honour of Nanna Kerr’s 80th birthday in 2016.
“Growing up, Pa had a huge vegie patch and he’d bring in whatever was in season for Nan to cook up,” recalls Matty. “Nan always cooked for the entire family and we would sit in her kitchen sharing meals, conversations and love for hours on end. When Jimmy and I opened the restaurant, it was only natural that we’d draw inspiration from the kitchen where Miranda, me and all our relatives made so many memories!”
When they’re not busy running the restaurant, there is nothing else the boys love to do than explore the local area. Here, they share some of their favourite places with us.
ORGANIC FEAST 10–12 William St East Maitland organicfeast.com.au 02 4934 7351
On our days off we love to head over to East Maitland, where Organic Feast (the people who deliver all our glorious fruit and vegetables) have a Wholefood Cafe. They make great coffee with their own home-made almond milk. The salads change all the time and are extremely yummy!
Macquariedale Estate 170 Sweetwater Rd Belford macquariedale.com.au 02 6574 7012
This smaller, family-run business is making exquisite traditional sparkling and some really outstanding wild fermentations with their ‘Nothing But Grapes’. And of course, they are organic!
Tamburlaine Organic Wines Mcdonald Rd Pokolbin Taburlaine.com.au 02 4998 4200
Tamburlaine is Australia’s largest organic winemaker and has a great range of both warm- and cold-climate varieties. We are huge fans of the syrah!
The Hunter Valley Cheese Company At Mcguigans Wine Complex Mcdonald Rd Pokolbin huntervalleycheese.com.au 02 4998 7744
These guys do tastings seven days a week. Their Hunter Washed Rind is absolutely incredible!
Where Pigs Fly Animal Sanctuary wherepigsfly.org
Obviously, with our organic ethos and way of life we are opposed to the factory farming of animals for meat production. This beautiful animal sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for factory-farmed animals that have been treated cruelly, abused or neglected.
Hunter Natural 143 Swan St Morpeth hunternatural.com.au 02 4933 7541
While this isn’t a traditional tourist destination, it definitely rates a mention for people coming to the Hunter who wish for DIY catering! We get all our organic meat from here, from the retail outlet Morpeth Butchery.
Little Hill Farm 80 Edward St Mount Vincent littlehillfarm.net.au 0459 814 947
Again, it’s not a tourist spot, but if you’re renting a house in the Hunter and you want to self-cater, we can’t recommend their produce enough. All our organic chickens and eggs come from Little Hill Farm – they call it ‘off the grid’ farming and you can really taste the difference.
Delicious organic food at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen.
Macquariedale Estate is a family-run business.
NANNA’S BOYS: Matty and Jimmy Kerr in their Hunter Valley eatery.
SO CUTE: Where Pigs May Fly Animal Sanctuary.
Happy chooks producing delicious free-range eggs at Little Hill Farm.