The Alternate Root Cafe really is like no other. The minute you walk through the door you’ll know what I’m talking about. The cafe is housed in a stunning building, over 100 years old, which has been fully restored to let the original features shine through. The beautiful pressed metal ceiling, wooden beams and the exposed brick give the cafe an industrial yet rustic vibe.

Owners, Rachel and Dean Doran, are new to the cafe industry and saw an opportunity to create a space which both locals could enjoy as well as encourage travellers to stop and experience the Uralla charm. I think they’ve nailed it, I stopped by on my way home to Toowoomba and trust me, it was difficult to leave this space and hit the road again.

The menu is a mix of easy meals such as toasties or fresh sandwiches which you can quickly grab if you’re travelling through. Or there is a selection of substantial meals such as beef burgers and a gourmet breakfast menu if you would like to sit down and feast. I treated myself to ricotta pancakes and they were definitely the highlight of my 400km trip home that day. All ingredients are sourced locally from the area, including vegetables and herbs from Rachel and Dean’s farm.

I’m sure you all know that I’m a bit of a coffee snob but I can assure you the coffee here is top notch. The beans are sourced just up the highway in Armidale and I loved the quotes written on the lip of each cup (who knew coffee cups were so wise).

With an amazing old world charm, The Alternate Root Cafe, is the perfect place to stop when you’re exploring the New England high country. Take your eyes off that ceiling for just a minute, enjoy a delicious breakfast and a well-deserved cup of coffee before hitting the road on your journey.