Australia’s first grape vines arrived in 1788, imported via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Such is the inspiration behind Good Hope.
Owners Michelle and Daniel Collett have been preoccupied with quality Australian drops since their younger days as wide-eyed teens entering the hospitality industry. After a decade in Sydney pubs, and a wedding in the Hunter Valley wine region, Good Hope was finally born.
Good Hope’s minimalist fit-out still feels cosy thanks to dark wooden finishes and exposed brick. By night, copper pendant lights cast an orange glow over the bar.
The wine list is selected from a variety of always Australian, often boutique vineyards. Choose a safe classic from the Barossa Valley or opt for a “special something” from wine-region powerhouses such as McLaren Vale and Margaret River. The spirits list is kept short, opting for quality over quantity. Tap beers are supplied by Young Henrys and Nomad Brewing Co, with other Australian favourites available by the bottle.
The Hart & Hunter chardonnay nicely complements the braised octopus with melon, chilli and parsley. Hungrier guests should try the four-day-aged lamb rump; then finish with deep-fried chocolate brownie and smoked banana ice-cream.