If you’re looking for a beautiful scenic drive to McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast, a charming way to kick it off is visiting the gorgeous village of Clarendon. 

Nestled in a picture-perfect gully alongside the majestic Onkaparinga River, this historic town is steeped in colonial architecture. The meticulously maintained buildings throughout the town await discovery, with their history unearthed by the Clarendon heritage trail. Take your time and meander about this leafy English-style village while keeping your eyes peeled for the original school, Oddfellows Hall, police station and courthouse, and general store. There are also a few local businesses and galleries worth checking out too including the gorgeous Emprades Vintage and Design. If you happen to bump into Des at Emprades, his stories and history will only leave you wanting more. You will see Clarendon in a new light!

Lovers of all things pastry should make a beeline to the popular and divinely good Clarendon Bakery - it will make your mouth water and you won't leave without a few items to eat later! Worth a trip for their pasties and doughnuts alone, the acclaimed bakery is your first stop before settling in and enjoying the ambience of the Clarendon Bicentennial Park opposite or the Riverbend Park on the banks of the peaceful Onkaparinga River nearby. If you want to know what the locals love, just ask!

Looking for something a little more substantial, enjoy a meal and the great hospitality of the historic Royal Oak Hotel relaxing on the deck, taking in the views of the region.

This is only the start of what is waiting to be discovered… more heritage…. more quaint townships…. more food and wine…. and meeting more characters of the region.

COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, if there is one thing we do know, our region continues to offer warm and generous hospitality, with restrictions now lifted, we are able to welcome you back to our beautiful region.

So why not support local and consider purchasing from our cellar doors, wineries, restaurants, cafes, craft beer or gin distilleries. You can choose to pick up some takeaway or there is also the option to have orders delivered direct to your door and some are now able to have you enjoy a sit-down meal or visit their cellar door. This doesn't apply to all venues though, so be sure to keep an eye on their website or social media to keep updated.

If you would like to dine in for venues offering seated meals, please contact your chosen venue in advance to make your booking (not including bakery)

For further information, see our current list below. (List updated daily)

Restaurants and Eateries 

  • Clarendon Bakery - limited seating available and takeaway also available
  • Royal Oak Hotel - seated dining available (with restrictions) Takeaway and ready to heat and eat meals also available
  • Silvestri's of Clarendon - currently only available for viewings of grounds and functions rooms by appointment

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries

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