Food by Juliearna Kavanagh. Photography by Simon Greenwood.

THE RESTAURANT

Escape to Picton’s restaurant boasts an impressive reputation in the region, a reputation forged on world-class meals created using locally-sourced fresh produce. It is said that reputations take a lifetime to build, but only moments to destroy: a warning head chef Juliearna Kavanagh takes very seriously.

For this reason, she ensures that her kitchen remains sacrosanct, working every service herself; every meal served at Escape to Picton is the work of her skilful hand.

We’d rather not just rabbit on about how good our food is, however; feel free to take a look at our visual menu, and we’ll let the food speak for itself.

A LA CARTE MENU

Lunch Menu from 12-4pm

Thick Cut Garlic Bread (enough for two) $9.50
Breads & Dips $11.50
With Marlborough’s best olive oil and a seasonal selection of dips

Baked Avocado $16.50
Filled with Philadelphia cream cheese & Marlborough blue vein, topped with caramelised onion jam & baked to perfection

Duck Liver Cognac Parfait $19.50
With freshly toasted breads & cranberry compote, it’s no coincidence parfait is the French word for perfect

Cranky Goat Salad (Lamb option extra $8.00) $19.50
New Zealand’s Famous Cranky Goat soft cheese, baked with honey, and served with Fresh mesclun, and strawberries.

Seafood Chowder $22.00
Creamy roux based chowder made with our own fish stock, fantastic local seafood & fresh fish that melts in your mouth, finished with Pernod cream

Marlborough Green Lipped Mussels small $19.50 large $26.50
World famous fresh Marlborough Mussels prepared in a white wine & garlic sauce

Sirloin steak $29.50
Aged Angus sirloin Steak served with hand cut Agria chips, a green garden salad with garlic butter

Fresh Fish of the Day $29.00
Served on a creamy mash potatoes with fresh spinach surrounded by a salad & drizzled with a citrus Beurre blanc sauce

French toast $22.50
Homemade daily baked brioche steeped in free range eggs & cream, pan seared baked with banana & New Zealand streaky bacon, served with lashing of authentic Canadian maple syrup

Eggs Benedict $22.50
Prepared with spices, pan fried served with a green garden salad, caramelised onions & traditional mint sauce

Sirloin Steak $29.50
Aged angus sirlin served hand cut Agria chips, a green salad and with garlic butter

Fresh Local Catch of the Day $32.50
Served on a kumara,potato & pea patty, surrounded by a salad & drizzled with a citrus Beurre Blanc sauce

Green Lipped Marlborough Mussels Small $18.00 Large $26.50
Local fresh Marlborough mussels, in white wine & garlic sauce

Fish & Chips small $19.50 large $28.50
Gourmet beer battered fish & chips with homemade aioli, tomato sauce & malt vinegar

Devonshire Tea (per person) $15.00

High Tea (per person) $26.50

ENTREES
Thick cut Garlic Bread (Enough for Two) $9.50

Freshly Toasted breads and dips $11.50
With Marlborough’s finest olive oil and a seasonal selection of dips

Deconstructed French Onion Soup $17.50                                          Freshly made French onion soup served with cheese crostini

Baked Avocado $16.50
Filled with Philadelphia cream cheese & Marlborough blue vein, topped with caramelised onion jam, baked to perfection

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Croquettes, Radish and Watercress $19.50 Poached beetroot served with handmade cranky goat cheese croquettes Topped with watercress

Seafood Chowder $22.00
Creamy roux based chowder made with our own fish stock, fantastic local seafood and fresh fish that melts in your mouth, finished with Pernod cream

Marlborough Green lip Mussels small $19.00 Large $26.50
World famous Marlborough Mussels prepared in a white wine & garlic sauce

Marlborough Cloudy Bay Clams Sm $19.50                                        Cloudy bay clams steamed in white wine and garlic butter

We endeavour to bring in local & organic produce as we are moving towards a greener & environmentally friendly & sustainable business with a low carbon footprint.

MAIN COURSE

Fish & Chips small $29.50 large $39.50

Gourmet beer battered fish and chips with aioli, tomato sauce, malt vinegar. Prepared with our very own hand cut agria potato chips and local fresh fish. For blue cod there will be an extra charge of small $7.50 or large $9.50

Oven Baked Butter Nut Squash (Vegan and vegetarian option) $34.50

Oven baked butter nut squash stuffed with wild brown rice and cranberries.

Chicken Deluxe $38.50

Oven roasted chicken breast bedded on a creamy potato mash stuffed with orange, cranberry and cream cheese stuffing and finished with an orange and cranberry sauce.

Fresh Catch of the Day $39.50 (please ask the waiter for Today’s special)

Fresh pan fried Fish served with green pea, lemon & saffron infused risotto drizzled with citrus beurre blanc topped with a squid ink tuile.

Surf and Turf $44.50

Angus eye fillet served with chunky Agria potato chips, pan fried NZ scampi and Cloudy Bay Clams served with Pernod cream sauce

Trio of New Zealand Lamb $43.50

New Zealand Lamb served in three different cuts, lamb rack cooked medium rare, marinated lamb tenderloin mixed herbs rolled in filo pastry baked in the oven and lamb mince Sheppard’s pie.

Sides:

Side of chunky Agria Chips $12.50

Side of mescaline salad $12.50

Side of vegetables $12.50   

Please ask us for any dietary requirements.                                                    Please let us know if you have any Allergies


Entrees are avaiable as main courses (excluding Garlic Bread and Breads & Dips)

DESSERTS

Chocolate Escape (Gluten Free) $17.50

Warm soft Chocolate fondant presented in a coffee cup topped with vanilla ice cream and served with mixed berry compote.

Pavlova Berry Stack (Gluten Free) $17.50

Our house specialty, ice cream Pavlova & berry compote. A classic dessert Served in a high glass that will surely make you come back for more!

Apple Tarte Tatin $17.50

Oven baked puff pastry topped with caramelised sliced caramelized apples with Vanilla ice cream on the side.

Bread And Butter Pudding $17.50

Mixed bread layers scattered with raising and baked in the oven served with crème anglaise.

French Crepe Suzette for two $28.50

Vanilla Crepes served with orange liquor sauce and vanilla ice cream.

New Zealand Cheese Platter $28.50

Your choice of three different cheeses from our range:

Gibbston Valley cheese (Central Otago): Soft Sheep Brie, Havarti Chilly, Creamy Kawarau Blue.

Cranky Goats cheese (Marlborough sounds if available) Full Fat Goats Cheese Feta, , the Reginald , Cullensville Gold Goat’s Cheese.

We also offer a takeaway menu. Details are available from the hotel bar.

The service was great and the meal excellent..we chose the early “Bistro”menu Garlic bread the best ever!!!! Who raves about garlic bread? You will when you try it! Emily chose the ribs.. a very generous portion much enjoyed and I had the Thai curry.. subtle flavours delicious and beautifully presented. We couldn’t do justice to the Baileys cheesecake as we were so full.

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THE BAR

Escape to Picton features a charming bar with a partly shaded courtyard, shared with the restaurant, which is open to the public.

A selection of premium local wines are available, and in addition to a variety of bottled beers, Heineken is also on tap.