Sitting within the historical city of Orange, Byng Street Local Store has become an iconic destination for those in search of delicious local food and wine. Cool but humble, its focus on excellent coffee sets the neighbourhood a-buzz.
Before opening his own cafe, Jeremy Norris owned and operated a catering company in Scotland for 14 years. In April 2011 he bought a building in Orange with the idea of creating a cafe that highlighted fresh, local produce of exceptional quality. After brainstorming sessions with friends and family, a name was chosen, and Byng Street Local Store was born.
The cafe’s Head Chef, Alice Eden, has cooked all over the world, starting 10 years ago as a private chef in the beautiful Isles of Scilly. She has worked in various cafes since making Australia her home, but in 2013 she settled into life at Byng Street Local Store. A childhood in Kenya is the biggest influence on her cooking, seen in the exciting pairings of diverse flavours in the menu, and its emphasis on fresh produce.
The small but considered menu pays homage to local produce and features classic dishes created with a signature quirky twist. Alice and her team preference ingredients from the Central West of New South Wales whenever they can, using Trunkey Creek Bacon, and eggs sourced locally from Borenore and Millthorpe.
You’ll find any number of these beautiful ingredients in the seasonal Byng Street menus, which cover all three important meals of the day. There’s plenty to choose from, including apple and walnut bread with ricotta and honey, Hereford red skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and shoestring fries, and an interpretation of the nostalgic green eggs and ham. For the kids, there are several options, including the adorably named ‘pasgetti and cheeeese!’
While the milkshakes are not to be missed, it’s all about the coffee here. The house blend comes from renowned specialty coffee supplier, Allpress Espresso, which roasts the best Arabica beans using innovative technology. Jeremy and his team really know how to brew a good coffee, meaning it’s sure to be a memorable start to the day.
Luckily for the caffeine-lovers, the cafe has a takeaway coffee window and an app called HeyYou that you can use to order, pay and collect your coffee quickly. However, you may want to stick around for a while. The cafe is one large, warm, inviting space. The rustic use of timber works well with the polished concrete floor and wall tilings, to patch together a personal narrative about connection and family. Natural light shines through the cafe, and the minimal colour pale e mingles with the wall art and bright red door, contributing to a welcoming, modern sense of calm.
All these elements unite under the one roof for one friendly, yet contemporary, food experience. Paired with attentive staff, local, seasonal produce and some of the best coffee in town, there’s no better spot than Byng Street Local Store.