Recently celebrating its four-year anniversary, Mudgee’s Cade Kitchen & Bar is a restaurant that never stops impressing.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner & everything in between, you’ll be welcomed with a big smile by owner and Executive Chef, Renee Cade. The restaurant champions locally sourced ingredients, with a dish to suit every tastebud.
Here are five reasons why you should add Cade to your Mudgee restaurant list:
Mudgee’s 35-plus cellar doors and 60 vineyards lure epicureans and wine lovers from all corners of the state. But many who come for the wine are often taken aback by the town of Mudgee; quaint, slow and brimming with history.
One of Mudgee’s most historic buildings sits on the corner of Market and Perry Street. Once a former horse stable and hotel, these four walls – known as one of the oldest buildings in Mudgee – now house a modern-day Mudgee favourite, Cade Kitchen & Bar. Foodie or not, you’ll thank yourself for stopping by.
The building, which was built in the 1850s, abounds with historic remnants, from the original shingle roof to the old hand-mortised and plugged beams that decorate the attic’s ceilings. Turn back time and you’d find yourself walking into the well-known Cobb and Co. Royal Mail Coaches, ready to pay two shillings for a bed and breakfast or eight shillings to stable two horses. Luckily it’s 2023 and Cade Kitchen & Bar has taken the reigns. Not to mention their Cobblestone sun drenched Courtyard.
Originally from Sydney, Renee Cade ventured west to Mudgee over 19 years ago and never looked back.
Renee delivers her passion for fresh flavourful produce to Cade’s menu executed with Head Chef Brendan Nolan, which infuses local businesses’ produce into innovative – and often interactive – dishes. I gladly tucked into The Middle East for breakfast, which featured a huge portion of creamy High Valley Cheese Fetta, made just a few kilometres down the road.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve travelled to a small Australian town mid-week, to find most of the restaurants closed. Thankfully, Mudgee’s restaurant scene is popular every night, with many haunts keeping their doors open seven days a week, including Renee and her team at Cade. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks at any time, any day.
During the warmer months, Cade’s dog-friendly, leafy courtyard is the perfect place for a bite to eat, an artisan coffee or a refreshing scoop from the restaurant’s gelato bar. When the cold weather hits, Cade Kitchen & Bar’s warming dining room has plenty of seats.
During my last visit to Cade Kitchen & Bar, Renee spoke about the evolution of the restaurant. Recently, we’ve seen a significant change to the venue with the introduction of Bianco Bar; a wine meets gourmet flatbread pizza bar that’s made waves in Mudgee’s evening dining scene. Why not grab a Cocktail & sit at the Bar.
The newly renovated downstairs space is sleek and modern, with the original heritage brick walls and twinkling lights, giving it a warm, cosy feel. Your eyes won’t miss the woodfire oven, that cooks up fresh and fluffy hand-stretched flatbread pizza. Reading over the menu, the Mushroom Fungi, complete with crumbled feta, truffle oil and crispy kale chips, and the Truffle Potato and Caramelised Onion, topped with port and fennel sausage, were standouts to me. Pair a flatbread with a glass of wine from a nearby vineyard, or a schooner of local Small Batch Beer on tap. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the Nutella or Limoncello dessert flatbreads.
Passion is a recurring theme around Mudgee. Similarly to other local Mudgee businesses, Cade Kitchen & Bar is just as much a hobby as it is a business for Renee. Visiting Cade and watching Renee in action, it’s difficult to imagine a more passionate chef or business owner. She says, “Food is a reflection of your soul”. Cade Kitchen & Bar is certainly imbued with Renee’s bubbly personality, creating the warmth and relaxed atmosphere it's loved for.
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