1476 Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury
02 4938 1744
The Scottish Highlands come to the Hunter Valley in the form of Shakey Tables.
Although they may be half a world away, the two regions are linked by a love of traditional techniques and a deep respect for produce. Taking an innovative and modern approach to these philosophies, Shakey Tables has established itself as one of the gems of the region.
Paula and Simon Regger have transposed their experiences running a hotel on the Isle of Skye to their restaurant in the Hunter Valley to great success. Over the last 18 years, Paula and Simon have refined their repertoire to offer spectacular modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Scottish heritage and Shakey Tables has earned a loyal following with its eccentric style and memorable meals.
The couple’s produce is what makes the meals so special. Paula and Simon make as much as possible on-site; they also grow their own grapes and raise pigs, pigeons, cows, ducks, and quails on the property for use in the kitchen. As Head Chef, Paula’s creativity and passion for cuisine shines through in every dish.
For starters, don’t miss out on sampling the vodka-cured Petuna ocean trout with celeriac remoulade, fish crackle and roe; before moving on to the pigeon pithivier, served with roasted eschallot and a black cherry jus. The more adventurous will be rewarded: the crisp haggis bon bons served with pickled baby vegetables and horseradish mayonnaise are a delicious twist on the Scottish delicacy.
Settle in to the main course: you’ll find beautiful seasonal produce, carefully prepared. The seafood bouillabaisse highlights the best of the state’s bounty, featuring scallops, king fish and octopus, served with a prawn boudin and smoked potato puree. Meat lovers can look no further than the aged Highland sirloin, paired with potato dauphine and a crisp-edged Yorkshire pudding. The duck breast is a sumptuous main course, complemented by black lentils, black pudding and black garlic, offset by the brighter flavours of orange and rhubarb.
Finish your feast in spectacular style with Paula’s specialty dessert, the Cranachan: a traditional Scottish wedding dessert, boasting a raspberry and toasted oatmeal ice-cream terrine paired with an almond praline and whisky-cream filled tuile cigars. Simon’s love for the land extends to his role as sommelier, and his curated wine list showcases some of the best drops the Hunter region has to offer.
In addition to her culinary talent, Paula also harbours an artistic streak. Her paintings adorn the walls at Shakey Tables, and the restaurant’s eclectic decor is a talking point for visitors. However, it will be hard to tear your eyes away from the scenic views of the vineyards and acreage.
If you’re keen to soak up more of the landscape, Paula and Simon offer accommodation as well – with 16 rooms available, it’s an ideal way to gather a group for a weekend foodie escape.
With its unique blend of innovation, tradition and eclecticism, Shakey Tables is sure to charm every guest. Paula and Simon strive to provide one of the best hospitality experiences in the region, and their exceptional food and service has guests returning again and again.