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Under new management since April 2018, The Hop Factory has changed their drink and food menu. On Thursday's cocktails are all $12 and Sundays are given over to Bloody Sunday Brunch with all day breakfasts and live music from 10am.
Duck pate with olive bread & pickled carrots (image JW)
The creamy richness of the duck liver pate was offset by the sour sharpness of the pickled vegetables. The staff are young, friendly and enthusiastic and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. Much of the food such as the bread and pickled vegetables are made in house and other items are locally sourced. The Little Street Roasters coffee is from Forster and specialty cheeses are from Hunter Belle at Muswellbrook.
Coffees and cocktails are made with precision and passion and my Negroni was a delight. There is a great selection of craft beers which are regularly rotated on the 12 taps, independently owned Australian breweries and local brewers are a focus of The Hop Factory. The front bar area is also dog-friendly and the Wi-Fi is free.
The desserts can be found on the specials board for $12/$14, our citrus mascarpone tart had a creamy tangy filling and light crisp pastry complemented by caramelised white chocolate and a vanilla bean ice cream.
We will be hopping back in to sample some more of the delicious food and drink offerings.