Eat & Drink

The go-to food guide for Dungog

After working up an appetite exploring the town of Dungog, head to one of the town’s local eateries.

Dungog Pizza

Natalie and Duncan, the owners of Dungog Pizza, have continued their family’s love for Italian right here in Dungog. Not only is the Italian influence seen on the menu through the array of pizza and pasta but in the dining room, you will find some old Italian memorabilia which makes for some unique decorations.

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But they don’t just offer Italian-inspired fare, this casual eatery has an extensive menu. From chicken schnitzels to burgers, fish and chips, and pasta, everyone in your tribe will find something for their taste buds! But we can’t forget the pizzas, this is Dungog Pizza after all. There are the traditional options and more gourmet toppings or even treat yourself to a Nutella dessert pizza, these are great options to share with your party or even grab one to takeaway. 

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Keep your eye out for the special set menu or entertainment nights including the up-and-coming “Death by Dessert” experience for the ultimate winter indulgence.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offering all meals takeaway - this is a fantastic casual eatery that will keep everyone from the kids to grandpa happy and with a full tum! Drop in and say hi to this close-knit group of locals who have been feeding the Dungog Region for many years.

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Where: 260 Dowling Street
When: Mon | closed
Tue-Fri | 10.30am-8.30pm
Sat-Sun | 10.30am-8.30pm
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Megs Kitchen

Not only does Meg’s Kitchen Dungog do picnic and other takeaway foodie packs but they do a mean weekday breakfast and lunch! Located in the old bar of the Royal Hotel Dungog are two amazing chefs who are cooking up a storm. Megs and Hayley have been working together for 4 years and have really embraced the Dungog work-life - opening just a few months ago in November, 2020.

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There is a focus on locally sourced ingredients to ensure freshness and support the community. They are also doing their best to reduce waste and consider the environment - such as offering their Kombucha and house-made flavoured soda waters in reusable glass containers. These are available in takeaway and they offer a 50 cent refund to return them next time you’re there.

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We visited for breakie and were met with a banquet of sweet and savoury pastries, homemade sausage rolls, frittatas, and lots of other goodies. It took us what felt like a year to choose which one of the many mouth-watering options we were going to commit to, but the winners were the maple pumpkin, blue cheese, and fetta Danish and the chilli jam baked egg, and chorizo breakfast Danish that came fresh straight out of the oven. They were absolutely delicious!

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Where: 80 Dowling Street
When: Mon-Tue | 7am-2pm
Wed-Thu | 7am-3pm
Fri | 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun | closed
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Tinshed Brewery

The Tinshed Brewery is owned and run by wife and husband team Haley and Jimmy. Jimmy started out with home brewing and caught the beer bug. Now they have a very successful brewing business that is well worth a visit when you’re in Dungog. 

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Opening in 2017, the Tinshed Brewery has a great undercover outdoor space where visitors can not only taste the hard work of the team through a variety of beers but also get a bit of nosh on the side. They offer a range of burgers such as the pulled pork burger or the smoked brisket burger but also some smaller snack options such as chicken nuggets or cheese and crackers.

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But, naturally, this place is here for the beer. The Tinshed has 9 beers on tap with Jimmy and Nathan - the two head brewers, ensuring there is a beer for all tastes. There is the crowd favourite Tinshed Lager (3.5% mid-strength) to a pale ale and even a dark beer. They are well known for brewing seasonal beers and unusual beers like the Chocolate Bunny Beer they brewed for the Easter period - just ask them what went into that one (hint it wasn’t a chocolate bunny). 

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The love of beer was contagious, so we just had to grab ourselves a tasting paddle. The surprising beer for us was one of their seasonal options - the Quince Berry Sour. This was a less intense sour beer than some we’ve tried, making it easy to drink and a good option for sour beer fans, wine, and non-beer drinkers. There are other options for non-beer drinkers available such as Tilse’s Cider, Boydell’s wines, and other non-alcoholic options.

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Where: 109 Dowling Street
When: Mon-Wed | closed
Thu-Fri | 11am-8pm
Sat-Sun | 11am-6pm
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Other places to stop in for a bite to eat include the local RSL, Bowling Club, Stellas Bistro or Dead Dog Cafe.