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 (Enough for two).     $9.50

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

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

Baked Avocado (V)                                                                                          $18.50

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

Sizzling Prawns (GF* on request)                                                               $24.50

Beautiful fresh prawns sizzling in a garlic and herb butter sauce, served with sourdough

Marlborough Green Lipped Mussels (V)                                    Sm $18.00 | Lrg $26.50

World famous fresh Marlborough Mussels prepared in a white wine & garlic sauce or coconut cream and sweet chilli sauce or beer battered

Seafood Chowder                                                                             Sm $22.50 | Lrg $36.00

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

Paradise Oysters(GF)                                                        ½ dozen (6) $29.50 1 dozen (12) $49.50 

Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, either beer battered or enjoy  them au naturale


Fish & Chips                                                                                                       $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

Lamb Pie                                                                                                            $29.50

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

Sweet Potato, Spinach  and Chickpea Curry (v*/V)                               $34.50

Sweet potatoes slowly cooked in a chickpea and spinach curry served with perfectly steamed jasmine rice

Coq au Vin (GF* on request)                                                                         $38.50

Braised Free Range chicken breast with red wine, lardons, mushroom, carrots and a garlic Burgundy sauce – served with creamy potato mash

 Fish of the Day / Salmon (GF/DF* on request)                                          $39.50

Our local  pan fried fresh fish of the day served with a green pea veloute  sautéed seasonal green vegetables topped with a  citrus beurre blanc

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 $12.50

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!

Chocolate Escape                                                             $18.50

Freshly baked chocolate fondant, with a beautifully rich chocolate centre, served with vanilla ice cream

Apple Tarte Tatin                                                              $19.50

Oven baked puff pastry topped with caramelised sliced caramelized apples served with Vanilla ice cream.

Warm Plum Pudding                                                         $19.50

Almond, white chocolate and local plum pudding served with sauce anglaise and vanilla ice cream

 Crepe Suzette                                                                   $22.50

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.

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.