Our favourite McLaren Vale eats: here's where you'll find the Hither & Yon team.
If you're swinging through the Vale and keen for an unforgettable feed, we're more than happy to point you in the direction of our favourites. These restaurants are bona fide local hangouts and perfect for any meal, anytime, with wine lists guaranteed to knock any hungry traveller's socks off. And if you're lucky, you may just run into the Hither & Yon crew, which will no doubt be the cherry on top.

Yan's favourite | Star of Greece 
When visitors ask where they can enjoy a meal with a view, this is where we always send them. It sits on the clifftop at Port Willunga, which is – understandably – one of the most photographed beaches in South Australia. 'I really just enjoy the views of the ocean and sky,' says Yan. 'They're simply breath-taking, and the food is modern Australian cuisine made with local seafood. I suggest pairing your meal with a glass of Hither & Yon petit blanc because life doesn't get much better than that!'

Richard's favourite | McLaren Vale Hotel 
Located smack-bang on Main Street, the Vale Hotel dates right back to 1857. It has undergone a transformation in recent years, but has fortunately managed to retain the atmosphere of a classic local pub. 'I love sitting in the dining room, with the winter sun coming in through the big windows, and looking out at the 100-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees,' says Richard. His favourite thing on the menu? 'Either the pasture-raised pork tomahawk, or fresh fish straight out of the Coorong,' he says. 'But the entire menu showcases the diversity, and quality, of the Fleurieu Peninsula.'

Ju's favourite | Salopian Inn
The Salopian Inn has a soft spot in every local's heart and stocks over 230 gins from around the world, so it's the first place we head when we need a short break from wine. 'The atmosphere is great at night,' says Ju, 'and it's like a little beehive on a quiet corner. My favourite thing to do is go for dinner, preferably in winter, and ask to sit near the open fire.' And though this may sound unusual for a pub, you have to – and we mean have to – try either the pork or rabbit dumplings. 'Which one depends on the time of year,' says Ju, 'but either way, it's a delicious Aussie take on a classic Asian dish!'

Mal's favourite | The Little Rickshaw
Tucked away in the township of Aldinga, just inland from Port Willunga, The Little Rickshaw brings top-notch Vietnamese food to a very, very appreciative community. 'TLR, as we call it, is a real gem,' says Mal. 'It reminds me of those truly authentic Southeast Asian laneways but in our own backyard, adding local produce and a modern touch. The atmosphere and hospitality are always superb and the "feed me" option is my favourite – all seasonal food to be shared. The restaurant is in a rustic tin shed and there's a great wine list too, but be sure to book ahead as the locals really love it.'

Planning a visit to the McLaren Vale region? Feel free to come by our cellar door – we're right on Main Street – and ask us for more local tips and tricks. We'll even run you through a tasting of our wines while we talk! 

1 comment

  • Mike Garrett

    Hi Team , I support all your selections , but particularly Mal’s , The Little Rickshaw ! Great to be able to get H&Y wines there . Cheers , MIke

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