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Friday Feast – Butcher Shop Café

Butcher Shop Café

We visited on 04-11-16

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.



Friday Feast – Alby & Esther’s

Alby & Esther’s

We visited on 14-10-16

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!



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 – The Dancing Goat

The Dancing Goat

We visited on 16-12-16

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.

See you next year!



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!!



The ultimate Mudgee 2016 Christmas event guide

Mudgee is set to burst into life as the festive season gets into full swing, because Christmas isn’t just about one day it’s also about all of the fun and frivolity that comes before it.

There will be plenty of things coming up to get you into the Christmas spirit in Mudgee, from carols to Christmas markets and lights displays.

There’ll be something for everyone, so mark these in your calendar as you count down to Christmas day.

December 3

– Rotary Christmas Carnival at Kandos Pool

Rotary’s Christmas Carnival is being held at the Kandos Pool where there will be a visit from Santa, stalls to purchase those hard to find treasures and yummy food all round. Don’t forget to bring swimmers so you can make a splash too!

For more details: Contact David Fuller on 0427 919 961,

– Mudgee Makers Christmas Market

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Mudgee Makers Markets where you can chat to the makers themselves and help support local industry.

The Makers Market is held on the corner of Church and Market streets from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

For more details: Visit http://mudgeefinefoods.com.au

December 10

Lions Twilight Christmas Markets

Shop for unique handmade gifts and spend a fun evening with family and friends. There will be market stalls, food, games, giveaways, a jumping castle, obstacle course, chocolate wheel and more.

Find the markets at Lawson Park from 5pm.

For more details: Contact David: 02 6373 3374 or visit facebook.com.au/lionsclubmudgee

December 11

– Twilight Carols by Cudgegong Christian Churches

Get your singing voices ready for carols with Cudgegong Christian Churches. From 6:30pm there will be a BBQ, face painting, nativity dress up and much more

The event will be held in the Anglican Church Grounds in Mudgee.

December 17

Carols in Mudgee

Organised by Mudgee Rotary Clubs, the Mudgee Carols are a popular way to get into the festive spirit.

The gates of the Mudgee Showground are open from 4pm- 9:30pm with entry at Nicholson and Douro Streets.

For more details: Call 02 6378 2850.

Mudgee Farmers Markets

Stock up on yummy Christmas goodies at the Mudgee Farmers Markets where you know the food has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders themselves.

The markets are held in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Church, on the corner of Market & Church streets from 830am to 1230pm.

For more details: Call 0407 288 797.

December 21 & 22

Christmas Light Tours

McDermott Chartours are running Christmas Light coach tours around Mudgee to give everyone the opportunity to discover the best lights around town.

For more details: Call 0402 913 651.

If you have more events you’d like to add to the list then let us know by leaving a comment.

And stay tuned for next week when we’ll list where to visit on Christmas Day.

7 things to do with Dad in Mudgee this Father’s Day

Stuck for what to do for Dad this Sunday? Don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to find a gift of or come up with something for you and your dad to enjoy.

In fact, we’ve rounded up a variety of ideas for things to do in Mudgee this Sunday, so hopefully you find something you know your dad will love.

  1. Take Dad for a meal – The options are endless when it comes to places to go for a nice meal in Mudgee. You could head to Blue Wren Wines or The Zin House and take in the beautiful surrounds or head to Mudgee Brewing Co for a relaxed Sunday afternoon with cold beer and live music. 
  1. Pack a picnic lunch – This is an inexpensive option and a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors for the first weekend of spring.
  1. Take Dad on a day trip – Put that picnic lunch together and head to one of the many amazing destinations around the Mudgee region, whether it’s a national park or one of our nearby historical villages.
  1. Play a round of golf – What dad doesn’t like a game of golf? Whether your dad is a golf enthusiast or just enjoys a bit of competition, he’s sure to enjoy a day out at the Mudgee Golf Club.
  1. Head to the races – The Mudgee Spring Pink Races will take place on Father’s Day Sunday and will be raising money for The McGrath Foundation. The event will have lots of fantastic food and entertainment for Dad to enjoy, plus he’ll be able to get in on the fun of watching the races too.
  1. Catch a movie – Town Hall Cinema will be showing Jason Bourne and The BFG on September 4.
  1. Go on a fishing trip – There are some fantastic spots for fishing in the Mudgee region. Some places worth checking out include Dunns Swamp and Lake Windamere.

We hope all the dads in Mudgee have a fantastic Father’s Day this Sunday and if you have any more ideas for what to get up to on the day, share them with us on Facebook.