Open for just two weeks, Little Mule is bringing Campos coffee and a great sandwich menu to Stanmore, like the good pack animal it’s named after.
Chef and owner Liz Condon looked for a spot in the inner west for over a year before she found the site, sitting patiently on a corner opposite Stanmore train station. But the plan to open her own place had been brewing for much longer. “I’ve wanted my own place for about seven years and I’d always planned to use Campos coffee,” says the chef, who was previously at Fratelli Fresh Café Sopra, having worked with the team to open both the Walsh Bay and Bridge Street branches.
Having grown up in the inner west and as a current resident of Summer Hill just up the road, Condon says that the spot on Percival Street ticked all the boxes when she finally came across it. “I looked in all the surrounding areas. I love this area and the inner west. Summer Hill has a lot of good little cafes, but Stanmore was just crying out for it.”
Still in its early days, Little Mule is drawing a steady stream of locals through the door for coffee and a friendly menu of house-made baked maple granola or egg and bacon rolls for breakfast, and lunches of Moroccan soup of the day and the list of bursting sandwiches.
Distressed brick walls, a corrugated iron coffee counter, glossy black tiles and a peephole through to the kitchen make for a cosy and relaxed spot. And the name? “It’s what my dad calls me,” laughs Condon, explaining that it’s a family term of endearment, but she’s since discovered that mules are also used to transport coffee in Columbia – which is the inspiration behind the cute mural adorning the cafe wall.
136 Percival Road, Stanmore
Tues to Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3pm