Friday Feast – The team headed up the main street of town to the ever popular Butcher Shop Cafe. The concrete floor and tiles to the ceiling remind you of its former life as a butchery, providing some of the finest meat to Mudgee. Now it provides the daily staple of freshly roasted coffee and simple food to match. James O’Neill has created a fantastic place for locals to catch up or for tourists to relax and unwind.
The Butcher Shop Cafe prides itself on in-house roasting of the coffee beans, giving your cappuccino or latte real strength and freshness. The all-day breakfast menu is extensive with choices of cheese or Italian style omelettes, butchers benedict with bacon & tomato, buttermilk pancakes or toasted muesli with fruit, honey & yoghurt. If you’re up for a challenge at lunch time, order the Skyscraper Burger with chips. For those with a smaller appetite, there is the butcher’s burger with bacon & cheese, lamb burger with minted yoghurt, prawn pasta, Caesar salad or a selection of sandwiches & melts.
Open 7 days a week, the Butcher Shop Cafe is in a prime location whether you are grabbing a take away coffee or taking time out to dine in.
The team headed off to Alby + Esthers for their Friday Feast. There is nothing better than getting out of the office for lunch and the sun drenched courtyard was a prime position.
Owner and licensee Leigh Sargent has created a menu with a strong local accent, uncomplicated and delicious food. All dishes are generously proportioned and memorable, like the house made beans with ham hock and poached egg, the famous jaffle with smoked ham, egg and swiss cheese or the new Alby Sandwich with chicken, bacon, cheese, beetroot relish and horseradish cream.
Everyday there is a beautiful selection of freshly baked cakes, muffins and tarts. Enjoy the locally roasted coffee from Yarrabin Road roasters, or for something refreshing choose from the Crave Natural kombucha or the Hello Lovelies cordials.
The only downside of the day was that we were too early to enjoy a cleansing ale or a chilled glass of wine. Alby + Esthers turns into a Tapas Wine Bar on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering share platters with a selection of beers, ciders, apertifs & wines. Locals Manners Wine, Burnbrae Wines, LOWE Wines & Heslop Wines head the list.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8am, come and enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner!
Man down, man down!! We were missing one of the troops today, however we still headed out for the Friday Feast. Café 89 was our place of choice today, and it did not disappoint. The place was buzzing with patrons choosing to either sit indoors or enjoy the sun-drenched footpath dining. Jo and her team provide a wonderful selection of hearty meals catering for breakfast (all day) and lunch. Two of us chose the steak sandwich with roasted mushroom, Swiss cheese and caramelised onions, whilst our counterpart savoured the 89 chicken burger with honey mustard mayo, all served with chips. Other options include corn fritter stack, Spanish baked eggs and the 89 beef burger. The all day breakfast menu is extensive with choices of eggs Benedict, smoked salmon omelette, a healthy breakkie stack or the big breakfast.
Momenti coffee is a huge hit with caffeine aficionados, whilst other drink choices include Tea Tonic – Australia’s Healthiest Tea Range, milkshakes or freshly squeezed juices.
Café 89 (supporting Pink Up Mudgee) has something for everyone whether it’s breakfast, lunch or morning & afternoon tea. Come down and see why this café is so popular.
There is nothing better than a great carb loading warm lunch on a wet day. The boys headed to The Dancing Goat Cafe for the Friday Feast and it hit the spot!!
The Southern Fried Chicken Burger and the Sloppy Joe pulled lamb burger were the pick of the menu, both served with crunchy golden fries. Other choices included all day breakfast – eggs benedict, selection of pancakes, big breakfast or breakfast roll, as well has Caesar salad, vegetarian burger or soup & pasta of the day.
For the sweet tooth, there is a range of cakes, tarts and muffins to settle the sugar cravings. There is a large selection of smoothies, frappes and cold drinks, but a Campos Coffee definitely prepares you to tackle the afternoon. If you are after delicious simple food, with prompt service, call into The Dancing Goat Cafe.
Just for a change the team headed for a counter meal at the Paragon Hotel for the Friday Feast. Unfortunately it was only 1pm on Friday so we could not enjoy a frost amber ale, however an icy cold squash and a quality pub meal did the job. Paul Osseweyer provides a great meal and that is evident by the amount of tradies in there during lunch hours.
Roast pork & veges, schnitzel & chips, beef burger or lamb cutlets, whatever your appetite, it will be satisfied here at The Paragon Hotel. Even if you’re not hungry, call in for a beer and a chat!
Friday Feast – The team headed to The Wineglass Bar & Grill to savour the delicious menu. Owner and Chef Scott Tracey provides many options that will appeal to all appetites. Select from the $11 lunch specials which include steak sandwich, an Italian pizza with prawns or a fresh Caesar salad. Or for those that want something a little more upmarket, try the chicken risotto, the seafood linguine or the slow roasted pork belly.
If lunch is not for you, why not start the day with a sumptuous breakfast. Choose from hot cakes with honeycomb butter, Belgian waffles with chocolate sauce or something for the health conscious, granola, dried fruit and yoghurt. All of this can be washed down with award-winning Vittoria Coffee.
If a 3 course meal is more your style, come and try the dinner menu which changes seasonally and is prepared using regionally sourced produce. Match this with a selection of local wines for an unforgettable meal.
If you want to make a weekend of it, stay at the Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel, Mudgee. Relax in a beautifully appointed queen room or a New York style loft apartment, centrally located and adjoining The Wineglass.
Why not take an opportunity to enjoy all our gorgeous region has to offer? We’re so busy we often forget to appreciate this amazing place we live.
Now, any suggestions for our lunch date next week?
The team headed down to Outside the Square Café to enjoy the spring day. The cafe offers great options for breakfast and lunch in a great family friendly environment. The small servery window for take away coffee is a hive of activity in the morning and the aroma of fresh baked muffins and cakes is hard to pass by.
The breakfast menu is very simple yet delicious with choices including French toast, buttermilk pancakes, toasted muesli, or Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine or Eggs Ocean (smoked salmon). For the big appetite tuck into The BIG Square with eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, potato rösti served with tomato relish. Accompany this with a Toby’s Estate Coffee or Toby’s Estate Organic tea to complete your morning.
If lunch is what you are after, then again the menu will satisfy your taste buds. The chicken burger seemed to be the popular choice on Friday, however the Cajun chicken Caesar salad was a personal favourite. Other lunch time options include a gourmet steak sandwich, the Greek lamb burger, various salads and choices of baguettes and bruschetta’s. To replenish the fluids on a warm day, select from milkshakes, smoothies, organic soft drinks and juices. Kids are not forgotten either with a number of options for the little appetite.
The focus of the owners and staff here at Outside The Square Café is to provide a family friendly place that serves coffee produced by ethical companies and also organic and natural options. Come in and meet the staff and see why everyone is starting to look Outside The Square Café.
The team ventured off to Mudgee Corner Store for lunch, corner of Horatio & Lewis Streets. Proprietors Campbell and Anne McLean pride themselves on using locally sourced produce to create their wonderful menu, including pulled pork burgers, wagyu and beetroot relish burgers, egg & bacon rolls as well as daily specials whipped up by kitchen extraordinaire Alicia Cowden.
Grab a great coffee with beans from Fish River Roasters and a freshly baked muffin to start your day. Every Tuesday fresh fruit and veggies are delivered for your convenience, whilst you can also grab other produce like Pipeclay Pumphouse meats, Spencer Cocoa chocolate and milk from The Little Big Dairy Co.
Open 7 days a week, call in to see what’s so wonderful about this little corner store.
Keep watching this space, who knows where we might pop up next Friday. Have a great week!!
During Keep Australia Beautiful Week we’re all asked to take a look at our daily lives and ask ourselves what we can do to help reduce our litter and household waste and save our environment.
What many don’t realise is that the things we throw away today could end up polluting the environment for generations to come.
Sadly, Australians are one of the highest producers of waste in the world per capita, and every Australian throws away on average over one tonne of waste each year. Most of this waste ends up in landfills even though most of it can be recycled or reused in some way.
What’s worse is that a large number of rubbish (48 million litres each year) ends up being littered on the streets and roads, and makes its way into waterways and harms our plants and wildlife.
So it’s time we all start paying a bit more attention to our behaviours and dispose of things in the right way, whether it’s by recycling, composting, repurposing or simply putting rubbish in the bin.
Let’s all help to keep Mudgee and the rest of Australia beautiful.
We’re sure that most people in Mudgee will have heard of the Dry July challenge, where people volunteer to remain sober for a month to help raise money for adults living with cancer.
Every year we seem to notice more people join the Dry July bandwagon, and it’s great to see that so many people in the Mudgee community are choosing to take part, because not only is Dry July for a good cause but it also gives people a chance to focus on themselves and their drinking habits.
If you haven’t signed up to Dry July yet then you still can. The thought of going 100% booze free for a month may not sound like much fun to some, but think about all of the positives of saying no to alcohol for a month (or even longer!).
You will be saving money that you can spend on other activities; you will be improving your health and wellbeing, and best of all you can say goodbye to hangovers!
And of course, the other major benefit of giving up alcohol for Dry July is that you will be helping to raise money for people who really need it, with the proceeds of Dry July going to hospitals around Australia.
If you think you’re up for the Dry July challenge, then head to au.dryjuly.com and start making a difference to your life and to someone else’s.
Have you signed up to Dry July this year? If so, then feel free to leave your Dry July link in the comments to help encourage people to donate to the cause.