The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

COULD there be a more con­vivial lunchtime spot within a few hours’ drive of the Sydney CBD than Bistro Mo­lines? On the Tallav­era Grove wine es­tate at Mount View on the rim of the Hunter Val­ley, Bistro Mo­lines is run by Robert Mo­lines and his wife, Sally, who made their mark with Roberts at nearby Pokol­bin. Their new ven­ture fea­tures ter­race tables as well as in­door seat­ing in a light and bright Proven­cal-in­spired space with pots of laven­der and jugs of white flow­ers. Across a court­yard is the Tallav­era Grove cel­lar door for tast­ings of, say, semil­lon and verdelho or reds such as shi­raz and sagrantino. The res­tau­rant is el­e­vated, with deep and lovely views and hearty French food that de­mands a lin­ger­ing lunch. A few strides away is the two-bed­room Lit­tle Or­chard B&B, an old-fash­ioned cottage ideal for two cou­ples. More: bistro­mo­lines.com.au.

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