Lazy Ballerina, K1, Three Brothers Arms, Longview and Royal Oak

Having read, heard and talked about wineries and pubs in the Kuitpo, Meadows and Macclesfield area my husband planned a surprise mystery tour for me on the Monday of the recent long weekend – yes he listens really well! Scott likes to trick me though so we seemed to be going in another direction, pulling off the road at different places along the way that weren’t the right places and taking an interesting route.

First stop was the gorgeous Lazy Ballerina with pretty grounds, a modern cellar door and a down to earth approach to wine making. After trying a number of wines we each had a glass of white and pink moscato with a rustic tasting plate featuring cheeses, crackers, pear, grapes, almonds, olives and local dips. This would be a beautiful spot for a wedding, afternoon tea or Mothers Day lunch with tables and chairs out under the big trees or lying on the grass in the sun.

Heading back towards Meadows we took the turn off to K1 by Geoff Hardy. Down a dirt track, signs encourage you with “not much longer now” and “nearly there” before turning into a road with sandstone entrance way. Lined with agapanthus you don’t see the lake at the end of the road until a way down and then what a stunning view. The tasting room, restaurant and function room has a lovely view over the impressive deck and lake complete with ducks – well worth a visit.

Three Brothers Arms in Macclesfield is outstanding and I love this pub – quirky owners, quirky pub with an English theme and established in 1841. I had seared king fish wrapped in prosciutto with blue cheese sauce on a bed of rosemary potatoes, rocket, fig and walnut salad accompanied by an English apple cider. Scott and I took my Mum with us and met Aimee and Dan for a relaxing Sunday lunch.

Longview Vineyard was hosting a small wedding so we popped into their cellar door and tried their dessert wine Epitome. As the name of the vineyard suggests the view out over the vines are breathtaking and with glass windows all round plus areas outside on the lawn it would be excellent for any function.

Final stop was the Royal Oak Hotel in Clarendon past the always busy Clarendon Bakery and stopping for a quick cider before heading home for a nap in the comfy arm chair. Beautiful drive, creative hosts and wine makers, attention to the experience and very enjoyable!

Wendy Perry

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