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Alby and Esther's

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published December 1st 2016
Venture Down The Alley to Find a Hidden Cafe and Wine Bar
alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Eddy outside Alby and Esther's.


Can you tell me a bit about Alby & Esther's?

Located in the heart of Mudgee, a town in the Central West of New South Wales, Alby & Esther's is a (literal) hidden gem - you have to walk up the brick alley along Market Street in order to reach the place! Open 6 days a week (sometimes 7) as a coffee house by day and wine bar by night, this versatile eatery is a must-visit for locals and travellers alike. With great food and friendly service cemented by a relaxing ambience, Alby & Esther's is sure to exceed your expectations in more areas than one.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Open from 8am.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Table service offered at Alby & Esther's, so please take a seat!



What seating options are available at Alby & Esther's?

There is ample seating including both indoor and outdoor options - dogs are more than welcome to sit outdoors with their owners. The outdoor seating is in a courtyard-esque area, complete with leafy trees that serve as a canopy over diners' heads. The furniture out here is basic and simple, but they go together nicely and matches the relaxing ambience of the place. There is also additional outdoor seating in an almost hidden laneway towards the back of the cafe, a perfect choice for more intimate meals.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Outdoor seating at Alby & Esther's.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
An almost hidden laneway with additional outdoor seating.


For those who prefer sitting indoors, there are again plenty of seating options. One option is to sit inside the actual cafe, where the counter and kitchen area - there is a comfortable suede couch that circles the perimeter of this space, alongside rustic wooden tables. Complementing these are bright and vibrant paintings that line the walls of the cafe - it makes for a positive place for one to sit down and have a meal in. Another indoor seating option is a separate area that combines an art gallery with more seating. With larger tables, this would be a good choice for bigger groups. It's also a great choice if you appreciate good art.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Indoor seating at Alby & Esther's.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Separate area - gallery and more seating.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Larger tables, perfect for bigger groups.



Is the artwork displayed in Alby and Esther's for sale?

Yes, they sure are! All the artwork displayed inside the cafe and the gallery are available for purchase. For more detailed information on pricing, please contact Alby and Esther's, or pop in for a visit next time you are in the area. Alby and Esther's display a different artist's work every 3 months, so there will always be something new to look at.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Close up of some of the art pieces.



What food is available at Alby and Esther's, and how is it?

There is a wide range of options available at Alby and Esther's, with reasonable prices ranging from $10 to $18 (without adding extra sides). There are also specials available each day, so check their blackboard in the cafe to see what's on! In addition to cooking food fresh to order, Alby and Esther's endeavour to use local produce to support their local producers whenever we can - "every dish has a local accent". The majority of their food sources are from within Mudgee, including High Valley Wine & Cheese, Mudgee Bakery & Cafe, and S S Meats - just to name a few! Their menus change with the seasons - similar to their art pieces, you'll always have something new to look forward to.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Food menu at Alby and Esther's - from when I visited.


Unfortunately, I arrived in Mudgee after their kitchen had already closed, but one of the friendly staff said they still had jaffles with locally smoked ham, farmer brown egg and swiss cheese with relish available for $10 - I was starving so I said I would take one. It was unbelievably good; so good in fact, that I returned the next morning for another, before leaving Mudgee. I had a chance to look at the menu on my second visit, and saw that the jaffle was listed as 'Our Famous Jaffle', which has - with a jaffle this good, it's no wonder they're famous!

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
The photo doesn't do the taste of their jaffle justice.


Alby and Esther's also have a range of freshly baked goodies available at the counter inside the cafe, including melting moments, muffins, and croissants.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Freshly baked goodies at the counter.



What drinks do Alby and Esther's have available?

Alby and Esther's have an extensive drinks menu - more specifically, there are 2 whole pages of options to choose from! Their range includes coffee (predominantly Brazillian with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Columbian and Sumatran - a sweet, smooth, and textural palate), loose leaf teas by Teacraft, local cruit cordials, soft drinks, juices, and milkshakes.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Page 1 of Alby and Esther's drinks menu.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Page 2 of Alby and Esther's drinks menu.


I opted for the English Breakfast Tea - a loose leaf tea by Teacraft. The tea was brewed to perfection, complemented by an aesthetically pleasing presentation in the form of a rustic blue mini kettle.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
The perfect English Breakfast Tea.


If you're a coffee lover (or caffeine dependent), it's also worth noting that Alby and Esther's have a rewards system - buy 9 drinks and get your 10th free! With many locals popping in for a takeaway coffee every day that they are open, Alby and Esther's get through a whole heap of coffee beans each week. To do their bit for the environment, Alby and Esther's recycle their coffee grounds, so feel free to bring in a plastic bucket and collect it filled with coffee grounds! They can be placed straight in your garden, used to feed worms and repel snails, or added to your compost for a nitrogen rich boost.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Loyalty card - buy 9 drinks and get the 10th free.


If none of the drink options catch your eye, there is of course also water available, with a self-service water station outside the cafe - dog bowls are provided too. Thanks Alby and Esther's!

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Water station in the outdoor seating area.


alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Water bowls provided too.



Did you mention that Alby And Esther's are also a wine bar by night?

I sure did! On Fridays and Saturdays, Alby and Esther's extend their opening hours and are open till 10pm, bringing you a range of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages from wines to cocktails, and beers to ciders. For a full menu, see their website. Mudgee is a major wine producing region - you can't visit Mudgee without sampling some of their fine wine, and what better place to do this than at Alby and Esther's?

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Wine bar on Fridays and Saturdays!



Any final comments about Alby and Esther's?

In terms of logistics, day bookings are taken for groups over the size of 6, and bookings are recommended for the evenings as it can get quite busy. In terms of my experience, Eddy and I had the most wonderful time - despite visiting alone on both occasions as we were doing a solo road trip at the time, we always had people, both staff and other patrons, come up for pats and chats which we very much enjoyed! The food and drink was amazing, and service was fast and friendly - I couldn't have asked for more.

alby and esther's, cafe, mudgee, new south wales, wine bar, coffee, brunch, breakfast, restaurant, dog friendly, gallery, art
Eddy pictured with Leigh, owner of Alby & Esther's.


"To eat well is to live well; to drink well even better. Some wise person's words. Our philosophy at Alby & Esther's is simple; make everything uncomplicated but delicious. If this sounds like your style of dining, we are the place to be." - Alby and Esther's

We look forward to visiting Alby and Esther's again the next time we are in the area!
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Why? Try their famous jaffle - it's famous for a reason!
When: Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm, Friday and Saturday 8am - 10pm
Phone: 61 2 6372 1555
Where: Unit 4-7, 61 Market Street, Mudgee NSW 2850, Australia
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A wine bar by night on Saturdays and Sundays. Sounds great. Must try it.
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simple and comfortable
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