One of the best things about Flock Espresso and Eats is that I don’t have to drive to Lismore anymore. Not that there’s anything wrong with driving to Lismore; it’s a very pretty drive and the Art Gallery is amazing and it’s home to Bangalow’s sorely missed The Stockpot Kitchen. What I mean is that the drive to their newish sister café – Flock Espresso and Eats in Mullumbimby – is much shorter for me (hooray!) so I can enjoy their amazing food and coffee just up the road seven days a week. Winning.
I have fond memories of the original Flock in Lismore which opened in 2013. Tucked at the back of one of those Lismore CBD arcades where the kitchen was teeny, the glass cabinet was filled with lovingly prepared eats and there was a small farm egg and sourdough selection to take home. It was popular with uni students and creatives. Then the 2016 floods came to devastate Lismore. In the aftermath, Flock regrouped and reopened in new, larger premises and they haven’t looked back.
So, what are the other best things about Flock Espresso and Eats in Mullumbimby?
Flock in Mullumbimby – The Venue
Located opposite the Station Street roundabout as you drive into Mullumbimby, Flock is a proper little oasis. Behind the garden gate the venue is dressed in an eclectic décor of vintage artworks, brocante finds and clever upcycling. Like Lismore, the Mullumbimby venue offers open plan indoor and outdoor dining spaces. There is a large undercover area with shared dining tables wrapped around a beautiful tree. The space flows into an open-air courtyard where there are smaller tables with garden umbrellas, quiet nooks, a cute little hut for semi-private dining and a terrace that’s perfect for coffee catch ups.
Flock in Mullumbimby – The Menu
The menu at Flock in Mullumbimby is slightly different to the Lismore one. It’s an all-day brunch style menu featuring plenty of local producers. The dishes have great playful names like my favourite Feeling Corny – two classic corn fritters served with avocado, homemade smoky and delicious harissa and poached egg. There’s a little signature herb and green salad, some house made pickles and kraut on the side.
Mr GFAF is a fan of the Cheeky Sav– a version of savoury mince – with spiced tomato and beef mince served on sourdough by The Bread Social, pink pickle, toasted seeds and goat feta.
The Reuben– is ideal for a hearty appetite featuring local pastrami, house kraut, Swiss cheese and horseradish mayo on rye and caraway sourdough.
There are vegan options like the Mr Bean of house beans with toasted seeds, dill and cashew nut cheese on a slice of The Bread Social Sourdough.
There are plenty of gluten free alternatives and you can mix and add sides to any order. The Hot Chippies served with 8-hour chicken gravy are a must!
I always take longer than usual to deliberate the menu options at Flock because it’s all so darn delicious. Then there’s the glass cabinet inside where I have been known to change my mind at the last minute because something amazing inside has tempted me.
There are great options for the tin lids at Flock too like Baby Crumpin– kids crumpets with ice cream or The Wiggles– fruit salad and yoghurt.
Flock in Mullumbimby – The Drinks
Flock in Mullumbimby is licensed! There is a lovely little wine list featuring seasonal wines on tap and interesting varieties by the glass or bottle including local Jilly Wines. There are also classic cocktails and pitchers to share as well as beers. Hot and cold coffee and tea options are available as well as healthy kombuchas, shrubs and home-made cordials.
The staff at Flock Espresso and Eats in Mullumbimby are always friendly, attentive and kept busy! Flock in Mullumbimby has become a popular venue with locals in a very short time, and for good reason. Owners Kymberlee and Sarah have created a fabulous model. Maybe we will see some more Flocks take flight further afield in the future.
Flock Espresso and Eats in Mullumbimby is open seven days from 8.00am – 3.30pm and in Lismore it’s open seven days from 6.30am – 4.30pm. Flock to it!