Our Vision & purpose
Warrick Duthy and Nicola Palmer want to share something quite amazing with you in Watervale, Clare Valley.
The Watervale Hotel offers an all-day casual and fine dining experience from 11am to 9pm every day in a beautifully renovated old hotel that has retained the friendly atmosphere associated with a country pub.
“Our all day, every day philosophy is driven by our desire to see the Clare Valley become the most desirable wine tourism destination in Australia. Every day is a holiday for tourists, and when you are on a cycling or wine tasting holiday you want to eat when it suits you! We want to offer service and community to our regulars and tourists alike – even on Good Friday or Christmas Day”.
It is our organic, bio-dynamic Penobscot Farm that drives the seasonal menu and fresh tasty food offering at the Watervale Hotel. Nicola and her team enhance the flavours in our wonderful new kitchen.
Penobscot Farm is being developed as a bio-dynamic, organic farm using permaculture principles by our Gardener Jared Murray. We see our ventures as a seat of organic learning as well as agriculture, with a constant flow of Chefs and Front of House staff from around the world working with our local Clare talent.
Our purpose is to create an epicurean business that can act as a hub for our local community, a destination for visitors to our region, and a role model for ethical practices. We want our guests to delight all of their senses – feel warmth and comfort as they bask in the beauty of our bars, lounges and dining rooms; enjoy our music; breathe in the smells of the kitchen; taste the ‘fruits’ of our garden – and all of that with a sense of humor and humility.