Located 200 kilometres
south of Perth, in a family
home that was built in 1851,
Newtown House has become
somewhat of an institution for
south west diners and people
going to the wine regions in
the area. Stephen Reagan has
been at the forefront of chefs
in this state for three decades
and few honours and awards
have escaped him.
Reaganís food reflects the
importance he places on top
quality local ingredients. The
restaurant has a good level
of service and the age of the
building can add a romantic edge
to the dining experience. Guests
can dine indoors by the log fire in
winter or take advantage of the
sun in summer with alternative
Dishes on the menu include
Margaret River venison, milk
fed lamb, seasonal farm fresh
asparagus, local olive oil, free
range beef and more.
The six entrees are always
tempting and showcase Reaganís
skills with good produce.
The main courses are more
mainstream but very satisfying.
Presented on white plates, each
dish is carefully constructed with
vivid flair. Drawing upon local
produce, each dish is paired with
innovative accompaniments like
the roasted apple filled with duck
and scallops. Desserts at $12.50
are outstanding and include a hot
caramel souffle with lavender ice
cream and a special chocolate
pudding with raspberry sauce.
Newtown House is not licensed
and diners can bring in their local
favourites for a minimal corkage fee.
The wine service is good at the start
but is not sustained through the
meal. Food service is efficient and
professional but can be a little tardy.
Three courses cost approximately
$66.00 per person.
Newtown House has been a
regular winner of the Awards
for Excellence and in 2003 was
declared the Best BYO in Australia.