When I say that our first ports of call on moving to Orange NSW were to Racine Restaurant and Mayfield Vineyard, I’m not actually telling the entire truth. What we actually did was unload the car, shove the boxes into corners, and hightail it to The Agrestic Grocer (which is only a 5 minute drive from us in North Orange, near the Botanic Gardens).
This place is what Surry Hills in Sydney would love to be, if surrounded by trees and hills and serenity. It’s an organic grocer, produce fresh from the farms, free range eggs, local milk, artisan pasta and cheese and preserves. A whole shelf stacked full of local vintages, so if you’re too lazy to drive to the cellar doors you can just stop off here.
…and a café with heaps of rustic tinshed ambience and awesome coffee + food + plonk. We celebrated our treechange with locally-reared venison steak and handpicked mushroom tart, washed down with a couple of glasses of vineyard vino. hooray.