We love the theory that this is the time of year things start to wind down and we can all relax. When you find out what planet that happens on, let us know and we’ll make a booking.
Here in our world, it’s time to sort out everything from turkeys to tinsel. Here’s an idea. How about a little time out to tempt your taste buds as well as soothe your weary soul? Well, have we got a relaxing, tasty idea for you!
I don’t know about you, but we’re feeling more relaxed already. For more ideas take a little nourishing time out these holidays, check the Eat Local SA stay venues.
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
If you’re from out of town, here’s something you need to know. ‘Adelaide at the beach’ is otherwise known as Victor Harbor. There’s sun, surf, art, wildlife … and some great food on hand.
The award-winning Anchorage Seafront Hotel is a great place to stop a while. You can sit out front and watch the locals playing bowls beside the sea with a house-roasted coffee, or enjoy the light and spacious dining room out the back, where the bar is a boat. (OK, technically it’s a bit of a boat, but it is quite a big bit.)
There’s polished timber as far as the eye can see, and boutique accommodation that is all about dropping deep into a sea of comfort and friendly service designed to help you relax. Take your pick of options including traditional B&B rooms, family suites or private spa rooms. There’s even a private apartment and a self-contained cottage available.
With the after dinner nap accommodations sorted, it’s time to check the menu. Because the chef has a bit of a thing for healthy eating and sustainable seafood, there will be all sorts of locally caught fish courtesy of Skinner’s Fisheries in Victor Harbor, including the not-to-be missed gummy shark in Cooper’s Pale Ale batter and potato braised Wakefield Grange beef cheeks served with truffled cauliflower puree. Yankaponga Lamb provide local Suffolk lamb to the restaurant, and the free range cider-braised pork hails from Kyalla Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island. Kitchen staples also include house made sour dough bread, wild South Australian olives, free range eggs from Hindmarsh Island and Barossa Valley bacon. In short, everything we need for a proper holiday feast.
In town, out of reach
You don’t have to get far away to get away. If time is of the essence but time out is essential, the Intercontinental Adelaide can help. They can turn a night out on the town into a full-on escape from reality with a luxury package, or you can simply stay on in town after a show at the Festival Theatre or a game at the Adelaide Oval, both only minutes away.
A long weekend here can be a whirlwind culinary tour – from a la carte in the Riverside Restaurant to the theatre of traditional Japanese at Shiki. Lunch can be light or hearty in The Atrium Lounge, where the menu riffs on world cuisines and a post theatre dessert of Australian native icecream flavours seems appropriate for the season.
Meanwhile, in the Riverside Restaurant, Spencer Gulf prawns and squid, and San Jose smallgoods have long been favourites, while a serve of Slow Roasted Paringa Farm Lamb Shoulder served with seasonal vegetables, preserved lemon, and parsnip puree is ideal to fuel some Christmas shopping – and South Australian West Coast oysters served au naturel with a drizzle of ten year old Laphroaig whiskey might be just the thing to celebrate the coming of a new year.
You may just be in time to book for one of the Festive Friday lunches at Shiki if you act now – think of the GH Mumm champagne on arrival, and the Mount Gambier beef tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce that is just one of the seven courses on offer. Or sample a night to remember with an Indulgent Delicacies package, including a three course dinner in the Riverside Restaurant, complimentary champagne and a full buffet breakfast. You get the idea.
Skillogalee Winery and Restaurant
Skillogalee in the Clare Valley turns on the charm from the minute you set foot inside the low stone doorway into a maze of intimate dining rooms with the vineyard views through windows thrown open to the sunshine.
Oenophiles and foodies are currently enjoying the second generation of hospitality ‘Skilly’ style, and with good reason. When the menu starts with appetisers along the lines of house-made roasted garlic and anchovy dip served with Skillogalee cabernet-soaked toast, and moves on to slow cooked pork sourced from Matthie’s and served with cider-braised onions and raspberries, we’re happy. Very happy.
The vegie garden supplies lush crops of everything from zucchini to baby beets and red cabbage (cue the Chilled Vegetable Salad as the perfect main course for lunch on a warm summer’s day), and those bees we can hear buzzing about supply honey in exchange for their home in the garden. Surrounding producers starring on this menu also include Savannah Farm’s lamb and chicken, Days Butchers, Rohde’s free range eggs, Pangkarra’s stone-milled pasta and lavosh, and Clare Rise Bakery breads.
What’s perhaps not as well known as Skillogalee’s liqueur muscat affogato is that you can extend your Skilly experience overnight, staying on in one of the Skillogalee queen or king size rooms, or self-catering accommodation in their Owl and Wren cottages. The Reisling Trail is right outside the door, the chef’s in the kitchen, and all’s right with the world.
Something on the Eyre
Streaky Bay Hotel
South Australia’s country pubs are a legend in their own lunchtimes, and the Streaky Bay Hotel is an old-school jewel, overlooking the (indeed) streaky waters of the bay. When we say old school, we mean a proper pub with something for everyone, including live music, food for all palates and family friendly service.
Nestled in a perfect setting for a proper traditional South Aussie beach holiday, the Streaky Bay hotel offers hotel/motel accommodation, budget and deluxe rooms, and they are soon to re-open their newly renovated and much beloved balcony rooms overlooking the bay.
The locals may be out in the water catching a feed of fresh garfish, flake or whiting, but you can skip the effort and leave it to the hotel kitchen if you like.
Summer equals fish and chips, fresh air and a view of the sea, and Streaky Bay Hotel delivers the trifecta with a jaw-dropping selection of local seafood in their Seafood Catch, enjoyed on the hotel’s deck. Maybe after a surf – the local beaches are famous for it – or maybe later, given this platter includes battered garfish, panko whiting, crumbed scallops, lemon pepper squid, king prawns, and oysters. And speaking of those oysters, how would you like yours? Natural, with mignonette dressing, tempura style with a wakame salad, Kilpatrick, with baked tomato and chorizo or ‘Bay style’ with a garlic and cream sauce.
Pub fare favourites also include Coorong-grown Black Angus grass fed steak with a choice of sauces (everything from Dianne to Café de Paris butter) and Hay Valley lamb backstrap, served with chimichurri sauce, pickled cucumber and spiced yoghurt potatoes. There are Asian and Mediterranean flavours across the menu, and a remarkable range of gluten free options too, such as Israeli Baked Eggs nestling in a spiced tomato sauce with fresh herbs and a cous cous salad. This is food to feed a serious holiday appetite.