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Friday Feast – Café 89

Café 89

We visited on 07-10-16

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.



Friday Feast – Paragon Hotel

Paragon Hotel

We visited on 09-12-16

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!

Cheers till next time,


Friday Feast – Wineglass Bar & Grill

Wineglass Bar & Grill

We visited on 20-09-16

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?



Friday Feast – Outside The Square

Outside The Square

We visited on 18-11-16

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.



Friday Feast – Mudgee Corner Store

Mudgee Corner Store

We visited on 09-09-16

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!!



Mudgee’s Newest Store – Target Country

Well it’s been 10 months since we first posted about the upgraded Country Target store that would be coming to Mudgee, and now the day has arrived that we locals will get to experience the store in all its opening glory!

The official opening of Mudgee Target Country is tomorrow (Thursday 31st of May), and from 8am the store is holding  a day of excitement, specials and of course entertainment for the kids to celebrate its first day of trading, and all local Mudgee residents are invited to attend.

Department stores play a vital role in helping maintain the local economy, and it’s hoped that providing a bigger range of products, shoppers will be inclined to buy locally rather than when they’re visiting Sydney or even online which is becoming more and more popular due to convenience, price and range of goods.

We’ll be excited to see the buzz around Church Street tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week. We’re sure that most shoppers will be attending the store at least to check it out, if not to buy up big.

Know A Sydney-sider Looking for a Tree-Change?

If you know of someone living in Sydney, who’s looking for a more relaxed lifestyle, you may like to pass on this information… it may be just the incentive they need to make the tree-change to Mudgee or one of our surrounding townships.

You may have read in our blog previously about the NSW state government’s $7,000 regional relocation grant which were introduced last year for homeowners relocating from the city to established homes in regional areas of NSW. The big news now is that the grant also applies to those who want to build a new home as well as those purchasing existing homes. The idea is that the incentive will help boost the NSW construction industry and regional economies.

To be eligible for the grants, those who live in metropolitan areas would need to sell their city home and buy a parcel of vacant land valued up to $450,000, or a completed or off-the-plan home valued up to $600,000 in regional NSW which could be Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos or one of our other regional townships.

For those who buy vacant land, the foundations must be laid within six months of completion of the land purchase and the home must be occupied as a principal place of residence within 12 months. The city residence can be sold within the 12 months prior to or after the purchase of the regional home.

Your city friends and family may like to do some more research, and can visit www.osr.nsw.gov.au/benefits/rrg/ for more information.

Of course, for local market knowledge and property availability, we’re always happy to chat, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, email, comment on our post, or visit our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate website for property listings in Mudgee and surrounding districts.

House Design Trends

You probably notice when you drive through new housing developments or see new homes being built, that they often look quite similar in design. Inside a home, you can sometimes tell the era that the home was decorated by the presence of shagpile carpet or orange laminate on the kitchen benches.

House design and decorating trends change continually and while it can seem like a great idea to use bold colours or follow trends of the time, it generally doesn’t take long for a new design trend to take over. If you’re decorating with the intention to sell sometime in the near future, it may be wise to stick to some neutral elements as well so your home doesn’t become dated to quickly.

Neutral walls with great artwork create a great sense of what’s “trendy”, without dating your homes interior. Timber floors are timeless and a great feature of a home if you’re looking to update coverings.

So if you want to sell your home in years to come, without having to update or change the style to suit modern buyers, it can be wise to avoid the more outrageous home design and decorating trends and stick to those that will be a feature of your home well into the future.

Remember it’s always best to keep to a single theme throughout your home, and to decorate and style it to the style of your home, especially if it’s a period home.

Mudgee Holidays… For Locals

Here’s a crazy idea! Instead of heading out of town to enjoy a relaxing weekend or holiday, why don’t you book into one of the great local retreats or hotels and experience some of the great things that Mudgee has to offer in your own backyard?

As locals, we take friends and relatives on winery tours and go to the best restaurants, but we don’t really take a couple of full days to really appreciate the holiday aspect of Mudgee. So with that in mind, and of course the side benefit of helping our own local economy, we are suggesting that Mudgee locals holiday in Mudgee next time they want a break or holiday away from home.

Check into some Mudgee accommodation, a nice Bed & Breakfast would be lovely for a weekend, plan a couple of Mudgee activities, put the house keys away, and make a real holiday of it.

If you have a local business that offers great deals or experiences for tourists, please let us know by commenting below so that we locals can try them out next time we’re holidaying in Mudgee ourselves!

Australia Day Activities in Mudgee

You can’t be a true-blue Aussie if you don’t take pride in our country on Australia Day! And no doubt, the people of Mudgee will be celebrating in true Aussie fashion next Thursday.

Whether it’s a BBQ in the park or backyard, having a few coldies at your favourite establishment, or simply taking the day off to reflect on just what a lucky country we are, Australia Day will surely be another great event for many.

If you’re after something that doesn’t require you to prepare for guests, there are events happening all over Mudgee, including a concert at Club Mudgee, various activities at a number of bars and wineries, and of course the Mid-Western Regional Council will also be celebrating Australia Day with the official Australia Day Awards Ceremony and Citizenship Ceremony at Robertson Park in Mudgee, kicking off from 6pm. The evening will comprise of a number of special guests, a ceremonial raising of the Australian Flag, the announcement of Mudgee Citizen of the Year awards in various categories, followed by plenty of fun entertainment for the whole family.

What are your plans for Australia Day? Got any local events that you’d like to share with other Mudgee residents and visitors?