Food in Mudgee
Visit the Mudgee region of NSW, and you’ll be rewarded with fine restaurants, farm fresh produce and more than 40 elegant wineries that produce complex reds and golden chardonnays. Enjoy gourmet treats, delicious festivals, and fun food and wine tours surrounded by rolling hills and farmland.
Cafes and restaurants in Mudgee
Mudgee’s historic streets are lined with cafes and restaurants. Start your day with coffee and breakfast at the Butcher Shop Cafe, Market Street Cafe, Mudgee Corner Store or Artisan on Lewis, which also has a small art gallery. In the village of Rylstone, you’ll find great coffee at Saffron Kitchen & Cafe.
Grab one of the tables in the cobblestone alleyway outside Alby & Esthers for tasty share plates and a huge local wine list. Eltons Eating & Drinking is inside the original 1896 Eltons Pharmacy is an all-day eatery with a small bar feel. There are also plenty of charming country pubs for a laid-back lunch.
Roth’s Wine Bar has been licensed for almost 100 years and is still serving up local drops, craft beer and tapas from Wednesday to Sunday. For delicious dumplings in the most unexpected of places, take a seat in the sunny courtyard of 29 Nine 99 in Rylstone for authentic yum cha.
Wine and dine
Some of Mudgee’s best restaurants can be found tucked away amongst the vines. At Lowe Wines you’ll find Zin House, named for the zinfandel vines it overlooks. The set menu makes use of their extensive kitchen garden and network of local producers for simple yet elegant dishes.
Pipeclay Pumphouse overlook at dam at Robert Stein Winery. It also has a strong paddock to plate philosophy and free range pigs wander through the vineyard. Other cellar doors with good restaurants include Lusso Estate, Moothi Estate, and Blue Wren Wines, or go for a regional cheese platter at Logan.
The Mudgee region is dotted with farms growing great fresh produce – much of it organic – as well as artisan producers making delicious cheese, honey, oils, relish, bread and more. Taste local handmade cheeses and boutique wines at High Valley Cheese Co or drop into Rylstone Olive Press to sample their award-winning oil.
Markets are the perfect place to pick up some produce and meet the farmers. Visit the Rylstone Artisan and Produce Markets on the second Saturday of the month, Mudgee Farmers Markets on the third Saturday, Gulgong Markets on the fourth Saturday and Kandos Markets on fifth Sunday.
You can also follow the Mudgee Farm Gate Trail, which takes in wineries, organic growers, restaurants and small producers, or join one of the hands on Mudgee Farm Walks. Head along to the month-long Mudgee Wine and Food Festival in spring for live music, long lunches and exquisite dinners.