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Holiday in wine coun­try

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - SHONAGH WALKER

“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.

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PHOTO: HARETH TAYEM

NANNA’S BOYS: Matty and Jimmy Kerr in their Hunter Val­ley eatery.

PHOTO: HARETH TAYEM

De­li­cious or­ganic food at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Mac­quar­iedale Es­tate is a fam­ily-run busi­ness.

PHOTO: HARETH TAYEM

SO CUTE: Where Pigs May Fly An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary.

PHOTO: WWW.WIILWORKFORFOOD.COM.AU

Happy chooks pro­duc­ing de­li­cious free-range eggs at Lit­tle Hill Farm.

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