The story of
You could be forgiven for calling Robert Molines the godfather of Hunter Valley dining. Sally and Robert’s arrival in the valley in the early days of the valley’s burgeoning wine industry laid the foundation of an enduring relationship.
Their first restaurant at Happy Valley Winery in 1973 led to the successful Cellar Restaurant at Hungerford Hill, then the eponymous restaurant at PepperTree. During a brief sojourn in the French Bistro at Margans old cellar door at Beltree, in 2008 they made the inspired decision to move to Tallavera Grove Vineyard and start Bistro Molines.
Along the way Robert has acquired many accolades including one chef’s hat awards by the SMH Good Food Guide, first for Robert’s at Peppertree and now for Bistro Molines each year since 2010. But his enduring legacy and a witness to his generous spirit must be his nurturing of a generation of our top chefs, the likes of his current head chef of ten years, Garreth Robbs.
Robert and Sally are well supported by their amazing team; front office, to front of the house and creative kitchen team.
“We are just like a big family where everyone has been part of it for a very long time.
You may say ‘a very well oiled machine’”
Awarded a Sydney Morning Herald Good Guide Chefs Hat in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Bistro Molines combines the finest food with relaxed friendly service and European influenced serenity.
Robert, Garreth and team create sophisticated, yet rustic French Provincial dishes for his ever-changing menu and continues to amaze with their culinary genius that attracts people from the world over to his little piece of paradise.
LITTLE ORCHARD COTTAGE
Don’t worry if you have forgotten your toothbrush – Sally has thought of everything! This gorgeous little homestead on site at Tallavera Grove is the perfect country style residence just moments away from Bistro Molines.
Overlooking the Mount View Valley and Vineyards, Little Orchard creates it’s own enchanting atmosphere of serenity and escape that no-one can resist.