We have been a number of times under its previous incarnation as the Vineyard restaurant but this was our first time under the new management and with its new name – and it has expanded quite a bit with a large new inside dining area.
Set in the grounds of the old Valencia vineyard and winery on Benara Road, alongside a brewery and a cidery, it has an attractive, shaded and welcoming al fresco area at front which was where most people were setting up on a sunny Valley day.
We caught the new Swan Valley Explorer service which takes you on a hop-on, hop-off journey around the many attractions of the Valley and after a few winery visits we ended here for lunch.
The menu is country farmhouse style – hearty food which was just the ticket on the day we were there. The restaurant is licensed and the small wine has some appealing choices – we opted for a bottle of Rebellious rosé an award winner from Riverside Wines – crisp, dry palate with pleasant cherry and strawberry aromas and flavours.
A couple of dishes from the mains selection followed – grilled barramundi, well cooked and juicy, was served with a warm salad of potato and fennel, olives, sweet potato strips and cherry tomatoes – generous size and good value.
Then a breast of chicken, stuffed with pesto and cheese, served with a rich Romesco sauce, broccolini and interesting mash – shaped as pears, crumbed and fried. Again, well turned out and substantial in size.
The Old Fig Tree Restaurant, with a lovely ambience, good quality, country-style food, in a pretty garden setting, is well worth a visit –and the Swan Valley Explorer just the ticket for getting you there and back safely.