Staged delivery of outdoor gaming, entry foyer, reception in indoor/ outdoor dining facility involing extensions to the building.

Club Mudgee has officially launched its new bistro and wine bar, 99 on Mortimer, the final step in a $1.7 million redevelopment of the club.

Member for Orange Andrew Gee helped Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Hutchison and board chairman Bill Crossingham to cut the ribbon and declare the new-look premises officially open at a launch on Tuesday evening.

Mr Gee described the result of the 12-month renovation as “stunning”.

“I am deeply impressed with what I have seen,” he said.

“You have taken dining and entertainment in a venue such as a club to a whole new level.”

Mr Gee said Club Mudgee was a focal point for meetings and community activity in Mudgee and the surrounding district.

“In many ways Club Mudgee is the heart of Mudgee,” he said.

The 99 on Mortimer launch showcased Robert Oatley Wines and James Squire beers and ciders, as well as local produce from the bistro kitchen.

In a first for the club industry, the club has contracted VBNL – a partnership between master chef Vivian Buck and maitre d’ Nelson Loyola – to run the bistro and wine bar.

A signature “99 on Mortimer” red wine will be available soon.

“This is one of the best venues I think we’ll see on the side of the mountains,” said John O’Neill of Lion brewery.

Although Tuesday evening’s launch was scheduled to run for an 90 minutes, many guests including businesses involved in the renovation, and representatives of local businesses, tourism, Mid-Western Regional Council, Clubs NSW, Lion Brewery, media and the Mudgee Dragons lingered until late in the evening to enjoy the new facilities.

Mr Crossingham thanked club members and the public for their patience during the renovation and New England Constructions & Nicholas Associates Architects for their efforts.

The Club Mudgee redevelopment also includes a new entrance, an extended games area, alfresco dining area and children’s room.

A delicatessen selling quality small goods and cheeses will open as part of 99 on Mortimer soon.