Lorn's rustic European cafe set to close
The much-loved Lorn-based venue, Muse Kitchen, announced its final day of trade was on June 25, 2023. Read more about the decision to close below, which was announced through the business' Instagram.
“Muse Kitchen is entering a new era, so you may notice some changes over the coming months. Firstly, we have decided to close our Lorn location...
“This is not a decision we've taken lightly. We want to thank the community of Lorn for welcoming us so warmly and supporting us during our time here. We have arrived at this difficult decision to afford our team more time with their families. We are excited to renew our focus at our Hunter Valley home in Pokolbin and bringing you the very best experience.
“Lorn will continue to operate until the end of June - our last day will be Sunday 25th June. We look forward to seeing all our beautiful regulars and catching up over the next month, and we hope to see you all again as we continue our journey in Pokolbin.
“Thank you for your support, Megan & the MK Team x.”
The quaint and picturesque town of Lorn won the gastronomy lotto with the arrival of one of the Hunter Valley’s most loved restaurants, Muse Kitchen, having opened up their beautiful white French doors back in September 2020.
Adding to the charm and appeal of this already lovely village, Lorn has had a huge influx of visitors following the arrival of Muse Kitchen. With restaurateur and owner, Megan Rhoades Brown and Head Chef, Josh Gregory at the helm once more, you can expect all the best of Muse Kitchen’s offering but with a more laidback and approachable appeal.
“When we opened here in Lorn, it was important for it not to be the same at Muse Kitchen in the Hunter Valley. Still the same standards, still the same quality, still the same Muse Kitchen experience but we just wanted to give people an opportunity at an approachable price point. Lorn was crying out for this kind of space; just something really beautiful and elegant,” Josh shared.
The petite French bistro boasts an incredibly relaxed atmosphere and is perfect for a slow weekend start, long lunch, or the occasional wine dinner. The interiors, designed down to the finest detail by Megan herself, reflects all the very best of Paris.
“We really wanted to hit those streets of Paris, bistro, people walking down the streets kind of vibe. That’s part of the reason the design of the place is so attractive.”.
Josh, alongside the rest of his kitchen team, has curated the French bistro-esque menu with a focus on seasonal local produce alongside an ever-evolving wine list featuring Hunter Valley drops with a glimpse into old-world European winemaking.
Whether it’s a morning coffee, brunch or breakfast, or a three-course long lunch, Muse Kitchen in Lorn features an all-day dining menu, ensuring there’s a little something suitable for everyone.
Being the dedicated foodies we are, we wouldn’t dare drop by Muse Kitchen in Lorn without sampling the very best from the menu. For those who find it difficult to make a decision on what to order, never stress, we’ve picked our favourite breakfast dishes for you!
“We use a lot of fresh ingredients at Lorn, with a lot of the cooking happening at the last minute and with lots of booze in everything. It’s how I learned to cook and it’s the way that I love to cook. It’s that old-school French style.”
Marsala Fried Haloumi with potato and macadamia hash, poached eggs, and kasundi; Fraser Isle Spanner Crab Omelette with XO saucer, bisque, and toast; Eggs Benedict complete with English muffin, poached eggs, and bacon topped with hollandaise; and the Kitchen Breakfast with bourbon-glazed ham steak, white sausage, eggs your way, blistered cherry tomato, and toast.
“Lorn is a more casual restaurant. We want it to be a place you can visit two or three times a week,” Megan shared.
Wash it all down with a coffee with beans from Newcastle-based roastery, Darks Coffee Roasters, or a delicious house-made juice. The Lorn-based venue also boasts a dedicated vegetarian menu featuring a broad selection of flavours perfect for both breakfast and lunch.
Whilst they’re open Friday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch, the Lorn-based eatery is consistently playing host to dedicated wine nights. To stay up to date with all things Muse Kitchen Lorn make sure to follow their journey on Instagram here.
With honest cooking, a warm atmosphere, and a professional team, it won’t take long before you’re swept away by the charm of Muse Kitchen in Lorn that keeps you coming back time and time again.