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Indulge and Celebrate Special Occasion Dining in The Hawkesbury

Whether it be for date night, a special occasion or ‘just because’, there are some newer offerings and glammed up old favourites around the Hawkesbury that are perfectly suited to a special night out or an unforgettable gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one.

Entry at CopperstoneCopperstone Restaurant, Richmond

In the beautifully restored 1860’s homestead opposite Richmond Park, seasoned and award winning restauranteurs Graham and Gina Neilson are impressing visitors and locals alike with their ever evolving menus. They have a cocktail courtyard garden or a cosy art filled dining room inside perfect for that special occasion, or a more upmarket dining experience. Menus have been developed with not only the inspiration of the availability of fresh local product but with the couple’s worldwide experience and a passion to deliver the highest level of front of house service. Copperstone is open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and dinners Wednesday through to Saturday. Looking for that hard to buy for friend or relative?  Gift vouchers available.

Local Tip: Book the private dining room for a more intimate dinner or just keep it casual with cocktails and bar snacks on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 3pm.

Cricca, Windsor

meals at criccaStating straight up the restaurant style is “Italian – The traditional and the not so” would make it apparent to any foodie they are in for a real treat at Cricca. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, and lunch Sunday. Chefs Alessio Nogarotto and Giles Gabutina have been friends for over 12 years and have found they have a great kitchen synergy, both have extensive experience in some of the most prestigious restaurants NSW they have taken on the exciting challenge of running their own restaurant together right here in the Hawkesbury– for your eating pleasure!  Gift cards available.

Local Tip: Make sure you book ahead of time; they’ve been busy since opening and can be booked out in advance.

Schembraes, Kurrajong

tableLocated in Kurrajong village with views of the distant Sydney City skyline, Schembrae’s dining experience brings fresh local produce into a home-style Mediterranean menu. Owners Ruth and Brian Schembri have created an inviting and unique location here with a special indulgent homely atmosphere and indulgent food and drinks menu.  The menu has vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options from starters right through to the desserts.  Gift vouchers available.

Local Tip: Treat yourself- Don’t overlook the comprehensive cocktail menu, especially the locally inspired Apple Pie cocktail! YUM!

While those three have popped up in the last few years, there are also some longer established occasion favourites that are right up there on the “must-go-there” list.

Cooks Shed, Sackville- Cooks Shed is an event space up on the hill overlooking the stunning view of the Hawkesbury River at the Sackville Ferry. Chef Martin Boetz offers booked patrons a seasonal event calendar featuring one-of-a-kind dining experiences which include Friday Night Drinks, Saturday Night Dinners and Sunday Long Lunches. Check out upcoming dates here.

Lochiel House, Kurrajong. Open Friday and Saturday dinner, and weekend lunches Lochiel House is a 200 year old cottage offering Modern Australian cuisine with hints of South African influence.

Bivianos, Windsor. Bivianos has been a go to Italian and Seafood Restaurant for locals and visitors for years. Open Tuesday to Sunday dinner and Sunday lunch the traditional menu (with a few twists) has been designed around the Chef’s memories of his Grandmother’s cooking and recipes passed down through generations.

Kravings, Kurmond- Kravings inspires cravings to return again and again with their well-designed al-a-carte menu that everyone will find a favourite meal on. Lunch & Dinner Wednesday to Monday, closed Saturday Lunch.

Kurmond Social, Kurmond. A great all-rounder Kurmond social never disappoints with its pizza, pasta, pasta, steaks, seafood and mains Wednesday to Sunday, lunch and dinner.

Harvest Restaurant, Windsor. Open Friday & Saturday for dinner, Harvest Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, combines its French provincial charm, with culinary excellence and the local flavours of the region’s produce.

The Royal Richmond Hotel is growing it’s reputation as the place to eat in the Hawkesbury by bringing some of Australia’s best chefs to the region for a new Culinary Icons dining series of events. The series will kick off with a sensational French dinner on Thursday 14 July in the newly-renovated atrium-style bistro. More dates will be announced soon, bookings essential.

Calling all foodies! Save the date. On Saturday 15 October Hawkesbury City Council is launching a brand new event for 2022, Savour the Flavour. Savour the Flavour will showcase delicious local produce, food and beverages with cooking demonstrations and live entertainment

Not ready to go home? Make a weekend of it… Plan ahead!  See accommodation options and things to do in the Hawkesbury.