Penny’s Hill: The Kitchen Door


This week I visited a restaurant I have wanted to experience for a long time…..

The Kitchen Door, at Penny’s Hill Winery.


I pulled myself out of bed from my night shift slumber, and boy was it worth it!


Penny’s Hill wines have always been a favourite of mine, and now I can safely say the same about their food.

We arrived to find our friends already seated at our table, barista made coffees in hand, and a warm greeting by the staff.


The seasonal menu showcases the best local produce, from the winery’s very own herb garden, to berries sourced from Kuitpo Forrest.

As a table we started with some home-made Honey Pumpkin Milk Loaf, with a papita-crusted butter. Yum!!! There’s nothing better than fresh, warm bread and butter, and this was amazing.

At this point I was salivating and excited for what was to come.


Our starters included a serve of roast, pickled and smoked vegetables, and Haggis Croquettes. A couple of us from the table had never actually tried Haggis, but now I’d say we are converted. The vegetable flavours were interesting, and fired up our palate for the main course.


I’m a steak-loving woman, so naturally, I chose the Beef Fillet, served with a chorizo rosti. The beef was cooked perfectly medium-rare as requested, tender and juicy.

I know it seems such a little thing, but I really appreciate it when meat is cooked to your liking, and I get the feeling The Kitchen Door would NEVER get it wrong.

Hubby had the Mutton & Eucalyptus Pie Floater. He didn’t talk much whilst eating, which is always a good sign he’s enjoying what’s in front of him.

(I had a taste, and loved it too)


Despite being full, there’s always room for dessert.


We chose the Cinnamon Whisky Ice Cream, with Pistachio Sponge, and the “Flexible” Ganache, with Blueberry and Liquorice.

The Flexible Ganache is a dish that needs to be tasted to believe. So inventive, surprising, and of course, delicious. The photos will not do it justice.


To drink, we ladies enjoyed wines from the Penny’s Hill range, while the boys had craft beers from South Australian Breweries Lobethal Bierhaus, and Goodieson Brewery (McLaren Vale). Again, lovely to see great South Australian brands supporting and promoting each other for a common cause.


Before I finish, I MUST mention the amazing service we received from our host “Barns”. He was funny, attentive (not overbearing), cheeky, and a bit of a hipster. Informative and helpful, you could tell he is proud of what Penny’s Hill has on offer. But who could blame him.


I couldn’t recommend this place more, and if you’re interested, Penny’s Hill also offers a Degustation Experience (with matched wine of course), and casual dining from “Drew’s Verandah.”

I haven’t tried these yet, but I hope to in the near future, and will let you know how I go!



Lisa x





(Open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm)
281 Main Road McLaren Vale, South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8557 0800

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