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31 Mar 2018

Get comfy and cosy around the Adelaide Hills' quintessential roaring fireplaces this autumn and winter.

Few things go together like blustery winter days, roaring fires and a tall glass (or two) of bold South Australian red. Sound like a match made in heaven? Follow our guide to find South Australia’s best pubs and restaurants with fireplaces, guaranteed to get you lit this sweater season.

1. Mount Lofty House

Set in the jaw-dropping Mount Lofty House – built in 1852 as the summer residence of Australian politician, Arthur Hardy, and known for hosting its fair share of lavish high-society parties – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant overlooks the stunning patchwork of Piccadilly Valley.

Their timeless menu and sommelier-matched wine list has earnt Hardy’s Verandah 3 Chef Hats and countless national and international awards. Cozy-up by Mount Lofty House's roaring fireplace with a pre or post dinner wine, soaking up the history and glamour of one of South Australia’s most iconic properties. For those with a sweet tooth, there are even complimentary marshmallows and roasting sticks!

Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills

2. Crafers Hotel

Completely redeveloped and oozing style, The Crafers Hotel boasts an avant-garde interior featuring reclaimed wood, leather, iron, copper and exposed stone. Take your pick from one of South Australia's most impressive wine lists and curl up fireside on one of their dining room’s luxurious red velvet couches.

Newly appointed Head Chef Ben Carli has brought with him a love of French cuisine which is evident in the mouth-watering menu, featuring everything from parmigiana to filet mignon.

Crafers Hotel, Adelaide Hills

3. Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Perched high above the Adelaide Hills in Lenswood, cutting edge Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard was established in 1992 (a young’un in wine years). After taking the wheel in 2009, owners Sharon Pearson and Garry Sweeny fast became known for their sustainable, boutique wines, from premium cool climate sauvignon blanc to Riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir.

Offering an authentic local food and wine experience, the rustic cellar door features panoramic views, a 360 degree central open fireplace and modern, eclectic décor. Dine on sumptuous local produce, warmed by the blazing fire, with views stretching out across gorgeous rolling countryside.

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

4. Uraidla Hotel

Hotchpotch in the best way possible, the newly-renovated Uraidla Hotel is a wonderful clash of old and new. Grab a drink and relax by the fireplace, surrounded by imposing original exposed stonework with artfully placed (and fast becoming #instafamous) upside down lampshades hanging from the ceiling.

The Uraidla Hotel’s menu can best be described as sophisticated pub grub with equally delicious rabbit and pancetta ale pie and humble chicken schnitty sitting side-by-side. To drink, you’ll be treated to some of the Adelaide Hills’ finest drops as well as world-famous labels from our contrasting wine regions.

Uraidla Hotel, Adelaide Hills

5. Stanley Bridge Tavern

Cozy, charming and family-friendly, the Stanely Bridge Tavern is a must-visit Adelaide Hills pub, nestled in the picturesque hamlet of Verdun.

With a gigantic stone fireplace, excellent menu, regularly visiting wine dog named Benny – a family favourite – and loads of room for the kids to run free, you’ll know where to find us this winter.

Stanely Bridge Tavern, Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills wineries and cellar doors

But wait, there’s more. Much more, in fact. The Adelaide Hills are one of our top food and wine destinations, boasting a plethora of fine food and stunning wineries, surrounded by lush rolling hills and storybook-pretty towns. Find out more about the Adelaide Hills' best local bars and pubs.