Located in the former Eltons Pharmacy, Eltons Eating + Drinking is a chic, cosmopolitan hub bursting with vibrant food and a welcoming country atmosphere. Owners, Dani Eldred and Brent Rowlands, transformed the once-abandoned building into a buzzing, atmospheric hotspot in 2014, and have been thrust into a whirlwind of fresh food and wine ever since.
Eltons has cemented itself as one of Mudgee’s top foodie hotspots, thriving in the heart of the historic country town. Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic wineries and gushing rivers, it’s the type of place that will have you wishing you had stayed another day. The small bar and casual restaurant has attracted a loyal audience of hungry locals and visitors, travelling from all over for their friendly service, delicious fare and carefully curated drinks list.
The modern venue is the first hospitality venture for the couple. After travelling throughout Australia and abroad for six years, they both discovered a strong passion for food and dreamt of opening their own place. Their love for Mudgee drew them back, where they stumbled upon the vacant, heritage-listed pharmacy building by chance.
Finally their many years of hope, inspiration and planning became a reality. Eltons is a place for any occasion, whether it be in the bar for a cool drink, a morning coffee hang, a chill in the courtyard after a hard day or a main meal in the restaurant.
Dani and Brent are joined by Head Chef, Blake Joseph, a Mudgee local with extensive experience in the industry. He began his hospitality career as a kitchen hand and went on to complete an apprenticeship at a local seafood restaurant. He then took on a head chef role at a popular local cafe, before broadening his horizons with a two-year spell on the Gold Coast.
Blake has been at Eltons from the very beginning, and Dani and Brent have relied on his expertise for the menu creation and design, recruitment and kitchen layout. In said kitchen, he uses his knowledge to create an interesting blend of fresh flavours, inspired by the local produce.
Ingredients are locally sourced as often as possible – you’ll find fresh and smoked meats from the local butcher, kalamata olives from a nearby grower and fruit and vegetables supplied by a local farming family. Chocolate comes courtesy of chocolatier Luke Spencer, who uses raw cocoa beans from Vanuatu.
This reliance on what’s on offer means the menu is resolutely seasonal and changes quarterly. You’ll be able to choose from share plates, house-made pizzas, slow-cooked tacos, all designed to be distributed amongst a few hungry stomachs. If you feel like something all for yourself, there’s also a range of main dishes that will stave off even the staunchest of hunger pains.
The diverse approach expands to the drinks menu. The wine strongly supports local wineries, with a few showings from interstate to keep things interesting. Beers on tap are also constantly changing, as only a limited supply of each brew is ordered each time.
In a town with such an abundance of local produce and eateries, Eltons truly stands out. Combining friendly service with meals created with passion and love, it will truly make you feel at home.