Food by Juliearna Kavanagh. Photography by Simon Greenwood.


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.


Eggs Benedict $19.50
Free range poached eggs served on bread with New Zealand streaky bacon and creamy, citrus Hollandaise sauce with a homemade hash brown

French Toast $19.50
Fresh baked bread steeped in free range eggs & cream, pan seared baked with banana and New Zealand streaky bacon & served with lashings of authentic Canadian maple syrup

Garlic Bread (enough for two) $9.50

Agria Chips $10.50
Handcut Agria chips with fresh homemade Aioli

Freshly Toasted Breads & Dips $11.50
With Marlborough’s finest olive oil & a seasonal selection of dips

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

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

Gourmet Salad $22.50
Mesclun green salad, served with mushrooms, soft poached eggs, Parmesan cheese & topped with berries (when in season) & a herb dressing

Chicken Juliearna $26.50
Free Range Chicken breast served with a potato rosti, green garden salad & topped with a creamy peanut satay sauce

Traditional New Zealand Lamb Salad $29.50
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 $18.50 Large $26.50
Gourmet beer battered fish & chips with homemade Aioli, tomato sauce & malt vinegar

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

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

Prawn Cocktail $18.50
Prawns served in a cocktail glass on a bed of mesclun with a wonderful Marie Rose’s sauce. Traditional with a twist

Duck Liver Cognac Parfait $19.50
With freshly toasted breads and cranberry compote. It’s no coincidence parfait is the french word for perfect

Salmon Salad $19.50
Fresh mesclun, toasted pine nuts, orange vingarette and grilled Marlborough Salmon

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 $18.00 Large $26.50
World famous Marlborough Mussels prepared in a white wine & garlic sauce

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


Fish & Chips small $19.50 large $28.50
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

Mushroom & Basil Risotto $34.00
Creamy risotto infused with basil &amp served with mushrooms & shaved parmesan

Fresh Fish of the Day$38.50
Fresh local fish pan fried with a vegetable patty, seasonal local vegetables & a luscious citrus beurre blanc sauce

Duck Breast a l’Orange $39.50
Duck breast prepared in an orange sauce served on creamy dauphinoise potatoe’s

Ribeye Steak on the bone$40.50
Succulent Aged 400g+ Angus Ribeye on the bone served with roasted baby potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a choice of Bearnaise sauce or Pepper sauce. The way Steak is meant to be

Surf and Turf $42.50
New Zealand prime Angus Eye fillet, pan fried and served on chunky chips with prawns and scallops finished with a Pernod cream sauce.

Trio of New Zealand Lamb $43.50
New Zealand famous lamb served in three different cuts: lamb cutlet, lamb tenderloin & lamb backstrap cooked medium rare. Served with a vegetable patty & roasted seasonal vegetables

Optional side salad/vegetables$10.50

Children’s Basket $14.50
With a choice of chicken nuggets/fish/sausage served with hand cut chips

All main meals are served with vegetables, except Fish & Chips and Risotto

All main meals are served with vegetables, excluding Fish & Chips
Please ask us for any dietary requirements
Due to the nature of how we present dishes, we cannot cut the dish in half
*Plate free*
There will be an additional $10 charge if you wish to share one main between two
Entrees are avaiable as main courses (excluding Garlic Bread and Breads & Dips)

All desserts $16.50

Bittersweet Escape
Gluten free dark chocolate fondant with blackberry compote and vanilla ice cream

Bailey’s and Chocolate Cheesecake
Freshly baked served with chocolate garnish and cream dusted with icing sugar

Pavlova Berry Stack
Our house specialty with ice cream and berry compote

White & Dark Chocolate Mousse
Velvety swirls of white & dark chocolate mousse served in a martini glass with a red wine & berry compote. A treat that will melt in your mouth.

New Zealand french vanilla ice-cream served with a shot of Frangelico Liqueur and a long black expresso.

Lemon Tart
Lemon tart served with fresh berries & vanilla ice cream

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.



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.