Skillogalee Restaurant and Cellar Door is one of the most iconic establishments in the Clare valley region and was the first to introduce gourmet dining, but Skillogalee is not resting on its laurels. Head Chef and second generation Skillogalee-ite Nicola Palmer has recently added breakfast to the winery and restaurant’s already legendary lunchtime offerings, and it’s proving to be a big hit!
And if you’re really going to enjoy the region, a stroll across the vineyard will bring you to some very enticing accommodation – Skillogalee House. Like the restaurant, it’s a former farmhouse that retains all that country charm, but with a good dose of modern luxury. A lounge with an open fire is exactly what’s required for a crisp Clare Valley winter. The house also has a huge open living area looking out onto views across the vineyards. It offers three bedrooms, making it popular with families, groups of friends, and bridal parties in particular.
Now you’d think Skillogalee would be enough work to keep Nicola out of trouble… but you’d be wrong. Together with her partner Warren Duthy, a fellow vino venturer from Killakanoon, a plan’s been hatched for an ambitious revamp of this beautiful old Hotel at Watervale. The 2-year project is huge – expanding the useable area of the pub by four or five times, and including a kitchen that can be used as a hospitality training hub, and for conducting cooking classes for visitors.
The regulars are already warming to the coming changes, and if you’re passing by, pop in and sample the absolutely delicious pub degustation dishes – served front bar style!
The Watervale is truly a wine lovers pub, it’s not unusual to see a couple of the makers propping up the bar of an evening, and when the renovation is finished, the aim is to represent every single producer from the region on the wine list, now that’s certainly a reason to watch this space!
Skillogalee Restaurant & House
Trevarrick Road, Sevenhill
Open daily, 7am – 5pm
Main North Road, Watervale
Open 11am – 10pm