The Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of Mudgee and in spitting distance of at least 40 cellar doors producing some pretty special drops. It’s a fine place to base yourself as everything you need; restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops, are all a short stroll away. The Hotel’s restaurant, The Wineglass Bar & Grill is open pretty much all day, and when I visit, the courtyard is awash with warm winter sun. There are umbrellas for shady outdoor dining in the summer and indoor seating for the cooler and warmer weather. Just so you know, the scones appear on the breakfast menu, which finishes at 11am. My visit coincides with lunch, but an okay from the kitchen assures me that scones can be had all day. You can order a full or a half serve, but I must point out that the scones are small, almost bite-size, and unless you’re on a diet you won’t want to share. The scones are straight out of the oven, crispy on the outside and soft and piping hot on the inside. The jam is quite average considering the cost of the scones and the fact that Mudgee has traded its country image for a food and wine haven. It says double cream on the menu, which to me means thick dollop cream, but this cream is nothing like it although fresh and lightly whipped. ‘Devonshire Tea Sunday’ is served from 2.30pm to 6pm on yep, you guessed it, Sunday, for $9.95.
Tea: The usual range of tea bags served in a small pot.
Overall: A lovely little courtyard cafe to escape to.
Location: 97 Market St, Mudgee NSW 2850 Ph: 02 6372 3417 www.cobbandcocourt.com.au
Reviewed May, 2014