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Monday 21 November 2022

Arthur or Martha? The choice is all yours

There is a new fine dining experience in the Adelaide Hills with spectacular views over Piccadilly Valley. 

Martha Hardy's Kitchen is the new a la carte restaurant at Mount Lofty House, and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

It is named after Martha, the wife of Arthur Hardy, who was the historical custodian of the estate in the 1850s. The couple was known for hosting grand social events, with Martha regularly roasting whole sides of lamb in her kitchen to feed guests.

The menu is a tribute to Martha Hardy’s home-style cooking with slow-cooked lamb (17 hours and served with served with caramelised pumpkin puree, confit turnip, heritage carrots and garlic jus) as the signature dish.

Dining at Martha Hardy's Kitchen is more casual than what is described as the "decadent formality" of Hardy's Verandah restaurant, which is also at the estate.

Both, however, share the vista over the Piccadilly Valley and its vineyards.

The menu focuses on fresh South Australian produce including Port Lincoln yellowfin tuna, Coonawarra beef, and Murray Bridge free range chicken. The wine list features local stars like Shaw + Smith, Deviation Road, Casa Freschi, Barrister's Block and Murdoch Hill - with a wide selection by the glass. 

Vegetarian dishes include Mediterranean stuffed eggplant, chimichurri cauliflower and lemongrass and turmeric pumpkin soup.

Martha’s is located on the lower level of Mount Lofty House. See

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