Review: Butcher Shop Cafe, Mudgee

A few weeks ago, K and I took ourselves out of the hustle and bustle of Sydney and spent a lazy weekend travelling Central New South Wales, as we took in sights around Mudgee and Orange. Of course, we managed to pick one of the hottest weekends of the year to go, and found ourselves sweltering in forty-degree heat on both days. We decided to cool down and have lunch in the funky Butcher Shop Cafe with others attempting to escape the heat.


Situated in a former ‘butcher shop’, the homely cafe features interesting and colourful artwork by artists in the area as well as vintage signage. The coffee is the major drawpoint here at the Butcher Shop Cafe – people come in regularly to get takeaway coffees and buy freshly roasted beans from the on-site roaster and grinder.

Celery and apple juice, and a cappucino
Celery and apple juice, and a cappuccino

I order a fresh celery and apple juice – something refreshing to combat the heat of the day! It was the perfect blend of healthy celery and sweet apple – a good mix. K orders a cappuccino, and vouches for how good the freshly-roasted beans are.

Steak sandwich with caramelised onion, $14
Steak sandwich with caramelised onion, $14
Butcher's burger with bacon and cheese, $13.50
Butcher’s burger with bacon and cheese, $13.50

K orders a steak sandwich and I order the house special of the Butcher’s Burger. The size of both our servings are just out of this world, sandwiched in between two slices of the thickest softest white toast. We both end up deconstructing our sandwiches and end up eating each part separately. The Butcher Shop Cafe lives up to its name – K’s steak was nice and juicy, and my hamburger patty was nice and juicy, with a good blend of herbs.

Overall, I rate the Butcher Shop Cafe a strong 8 out of 10 – the servings are generous and full of flavour. I suggest ordering from their great steak and burger menu for a guaranteed good feed the next time you’re travelling through the Mudgee area!
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