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 Executive Chef, Juliearna Kavanagh takes very seriously.

For this reason, she ensures that her kitchen remains sacrosanct with every service worked by herself or Sous Chef, Elisabeth Radinger; every meal served at Escape to Picton is the work of their skilful hands.

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.






Freshly Baked Loaf Drizzled with Garlic Butter               $9.50

 (Enough for two)                                  


Freshly Made toasted Breads & Dips (v*)                          $13.50

With Marlborough’s nest olive oil and a seasonal selection of dips               


Deconstructed French onion soup (V)                                $16.50

Daily made French onion soup served with cheese crostini


Baked Avocado (V)                                                                    $18.50

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


Marlborough Green Lipped Mussels (GF)        Sm $19.00 | Lrg $26.50

World famous fresh Marlborough Mussels prepared in a white wine & garlic sauce


Warm Salmon Salad (V)                                          Sm $22.00 | Lrg $34.00

Fresh mesclun, toasted pine nuts, orange and fennel vinaigrette and grilled Marlborough Salmon


Seafood Chowder                                                 Sm $22.50 | Lrg $34.00

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


Taste of Marlborough                                                                 $38.50

A platter designed to share consisting of a range of beautiful local ingredients,  Such as our famous Green Lipped Mussels, Cranky goats’ cheese, baked avocado, Cured Salmon.


Fish & Chips                                                               Sm $19.50 | Lrg $28.50

Gourmet beer battered fish paired with our own hand cut agria potato chips and aioli, tomato and malt vinegar.

For blue cod there will be an extra charge of Sm $7.50 | Lrg $9.50


Gourmet Pulled Lamb Pie                                                                $27.50

Slow cooked lamb encased in a homemade golden crust, Creamy peas and fluffy mashed potatoes with caramelised onions & mint jelly. 


Moussaka (V)                                                                                          $32.50

 Homemade pasta and scrumptious tomato sauce nestled between quick-roasted vegetables, including tender eggplant and of course to top a creamy

Béchamel sauce


Sticky Pork Ribs                                                                                     $32.50

Mouth-watering Pork ribs marinated in our sweet secret sauce served

with agria potato chips.


Fish of the Day (V)                                                                                 $37.50

Our local fresh fish of the day topped with a seaweed butter crust, Served with spinach, lemon &saffron infused risotto drizzled with a citrus beurre blanc


Sirloin Steak                                                                                            $39.50

300grams of succulent sirloin bedded on oven roasted duck fat agria potatoes

A warming red wine jus, Seasonal roasted vegetables and topped with a dash of Béarnaise


Surf and Turf                                                                                         $44.50

Eye fillet, pan fried and served on aromatic chunky chips with prawns and scallops tossed in garlic butter sauce finished with a Pernod cream sauce



Sides $9.50

Chunky Agria chips

Mesclun salad

Roasted vegetables




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.

Sticky Date Pudding                                                         $17.50

A date cake smothered in warm, sticky toffee sauce with ice-cream.

Escape Chocolate and Cherry Tart                              $18.50

Luxury Chocolate Tart in sweet shortcrust served with cherry compote and vanilla cream

French Crepe Suzette for two                                        $28.50

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

New Zealand Cheese Platter                                          $28.00

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.

Wine List

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.