On The Deck

The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, The Hunter Valley, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe, open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 till 3:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am till 3:30pm
  • CLOSED Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Australia Day 2017

The cafe provides a diverse and delightful menu complimented by Gartelmann wines and a generous range of beverages and Piazza D'oro coffee.

The cafe is situated on the deck over the dam in young forest bushland. It is an experience to remember with experienced chef and staff cooking some cafe favourites with a Hunter Valley fine-dining twist.

Matt Dillow opened the cafe in July 2013 as his third hospitality venture in the Hunter Valley. His success began with the now-famed Verandah Restaurant at Calais Estate and then followed by Twine Restaurant at Wynwood estate. Both restaurants enjoy excellent reviews and have quickly become favourites for locals and visitors to the region.

The Deck Cafe is open 7 days a week and is also available for groups, weddings and private functions. Read more about our set menus, wedding and function packages under "On Occasions".

Please note: Bookings over 8 people are appreciated.

The Staff

The staff at The Deck Cafe Lovedale have a huge amount of experience, mostly at other Hunter Valley establishments including catering for large corporate events, weddings and outdoor catering for concerts and other public events.

Manager Breeana Hug, has worked for many years here in the Hunter and is a home-grown talent, brings a personal friendly touch to the cafe making everyone feel welcome. She aims to maintain the same excellence of service that you'd expect at the Verandah Restaurant or Twine Restaurant, even though the setting and the menu is a little more casual.

We all know how important the staff's manner and attitide is for pleasurable dining. The online reviews for the restaurants where these people have been trained and have worked, are very complimentary. You can expect to not be disappointed at The Deck Cafe Lovedale.

Check out the full-page write up in Good Taste for August 2013

Article for the Lovedale Long Lunch 2014


See the full page article is the Herald Good Taste for April 2014 here.

Our Corn Fritters on lifestyle Food

Main Menu

Printable version here

Our menu features fresh local produce including our own range of Matt's Produce items you can sample.

We offer an itemised account to each table - we are happy to have multiple payments however we can not split the bill with individual items

Please note that a 10% surcharge applies on all public holidays

Beverage List

Printable version here

Our wine list features the full range of Gartlemann wines. Gartlemann specialise in fine hand-crafted wines using grapes sourced from the Lower and Upper Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Rylstone and Orange regions of NSW.

We proudly serve Piazza Doro Coffee and an extensive range of Ceylon Tea.



The Deck Cafe Lovedale prides itself on excellent food and great service.
All menus are samples and some ingredients may not be available at certain times of the year.
All menus are guidelines and can be changed to suit your needs and create the ultimate night for your special event.
All menus are based on a minimum of 20 guests.

Thank you again for considering The Deck Cafe Lovedale and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or wish to arrange a time to discuss your requirements.

Functions Menu

Tomato, basil, bruschetta bites
Hommous and roasted capsicum croutes
Smoked salmon lemon mascarpone and Spanish onion croutes
Four cheese risotto balls
Zucchini and pinenut frittata
Thai chicken tartlet
Twice cooked duck in rice paper w, hoi sin
Leek and fetta quiche
Vegetarian spring rolls
Moroccan lamb balls w, minted yoghurt
Asparagus wrapped w, proscuitto
Freshly shucked oysters w, soy mirin dressing
Seared tuna w, wasabi aioli

Warm sour dough rolls

Cauliflower and potato soup drizzled w, truffle oil
Roasted butternut pumpkin and fetta risotto
Caramelized onion, semi-sundried tomato and goats cheese tart
Smoked salmon w, potato, fennel, and dill salad
Charred field mushroom w, roast capsicum and fetta and rocket salad
Seared tuna on cucumber ribbon salad w, soy mirin glaze
Chargrilled vegetable stack w, basil and bocconcini
Tandoori chicken and cucumber salad w, tatziki
Lemon and garlic prawns w, roasted capsicum mesclun salad
Lamb tenderloin on char-grilled eggplant w, harrisa yoghurt

Chicken breast filled with ricotta, sage and pinenuts on roasted kumara
Char-grilled eye fillet on root vegetable and rosemary roesti w, caramelized onion
Grilled Atlantic salmon on skordallia w sweet red pepper dressing
Rosemary lamb backstrap on minted pea and parmesan risotto w, semi sundried tomatoes
Duck confit on chestnut potato puree and glazed pears
Grilled barramundi on herbed potato puree w, olive tapanade
Grilled sirloin on handcut potato chips w, field mushroom and red wine jus
Mains served w, bowls of salad or steamed vegetables

Lemon curd tart w, mixed berry compote and Chantilly cream
Chocolate jaffa tart w, pistachio ice-cream
Sticky date, fig and walnut pudding w, caramel sauce and ice cream
Cappuccino crème brulee w, almond and orange biscotti
Red wine poached pear and w, cinnamon and orange syrup
Vanilla bean pannacotta w, raspberry compote and praline
Individual black forest cake w, chocolate shaving

5 hour food and drink package
$125 per person including one sparkling, two white wines, two red wines and beer

Food Package

3 canapés two entrée, two mains and two desserts: $80
3 canapés, one entrée, two mains and one desserts: $78
3 canapés, one entrée, one main, and one dessert: $75
3 canapés, two entrée and two mains: $75
 3 canapés, two mains and two desserts: $70
(Alternately served)
Please choose bowls of salad or vegetables for the tables
Minimum 20 people

Beverage Package

$40 per person,

$48 per person,

$55 per person,

3, 4 and 5 hour beverage packages:
Hours must be specified 2 weeks  prior to function due to staffing reasons!
Gartelmann’s sparkling White
Two Gartelmann Hunter Valley White Wines
Two Gartelmann Hunter Valley Red Wines
Two Premium Beers and One Light Beer
Soft Drinks



Trading Hours

Open 7 days for Breakfast and Lunch:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 till 3:30pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am till 3:30pm

Holiday Trading Hours

The Deck Cafe Lovedale will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Australia Day


Lovedale Chamber of Commerce Lovedale Chamber of Commerce - click the logo to go there
Lovedale Tourist information - see our listing here
Our Corn Fritters on lifestyle Food
Gartelmann Wines


Our Partner Restaurants

We invite your to be our guests at one of our other fine restaurants here in the Hunter Valley.

The Verandah Restaurant is the ultimate in dining for those who enjoy great Modern Australian Food Served Tapas Style

Open 7 days for lunch from 12pm and dinner Thursday - Sunday from 6pm





Twine Restaurant is the ultimate function and event venue

The team at Twine are on hand to create your event, from an intimate dinner for you and your friends in our wine room to large scale events of 150 in our Barrel room.

Do you already have a venue but need a cater??? Matt can design a menu to suit your requirements contact us now - bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au

Matt's Produce

Because the Hunter is so rich in agriculture, wine and fresh food products, Matt has always used the finest fresh local produce in his menus. Now those magnificent chef-only flavours are coming into your kitchen in the form of gourmet produce.

In every case, attention to quality is paramount so that the produce is worthy of fine diners and food and wine connoisseurs; the kind of folk who are so attracted to the Hunter Valley.

So if you want to create meals that leave a lasting impression or you love to serve tapas with a twist to your own guests, Matt's Produce is the place to start. You can even buy online and have gourmet produce shipped right to your door. Click Here.

Hamper Packs

Special Christmas Prices!!

"Entertainer's" Pack
  • Apple Balsamic Glaze
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Oil
  • Beetroot Relish
  • Olive Tapenade
  • Smokey BBQ Sauce
  • Fig, Date & Walnut Roll
  • Lavosh

Total RRP $131

Special Christmas Price $105 save $26
"Gourmet Chef" pack
  • Apple Balsamic Glaze
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Oil
  • Capsicum, Tomato & Chilli Relish (Hot)
  • Caramelised Onions
  • Asian Basting Marinade
  • Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • Wholegrain Mustard with Fresh Horseradish
  • Preserved Lemon

Total RRP $143

Special Christmas Price $115 save $45




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