Welcome to The Black Stump

The Black Stump is set in one of Mildura’s oldest and most iconic venues, The Settlers Club. It boasts a bar, Function room, Air conditioned beer garden and a pasta cantina. The main bar and beer garden is home to our burger bar.  Here we serve grass – fed hand made burgers. It also has a thriving night life with live music, events, local and international D.Js and performers. The pasta cantina offers more refined fare utilising local produce in the dishes as well as a strong short wine list, showcasing the best of local and international wines.  The Black Stump is Mildura’s one stop shop for food, entertainment and atmosphere.

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Black Stump Pasta Cantina

Open Tuesday – Saturday

Black Stump Burger Bar

Open Tuesday – Sunday


Liam Wood and Jim McDougall became friends at Irymple South Primary School more than 20 years ago. After finishing school, they both moved to Melbourne to pursue careers in the hospitality industry -- Liam in bars and Jim in restaurants. Some years later they returned to the region and combined their talents to open The Black Stump. Their aim was to create a new dining culture in Mildura by redefining the idea of an Australian country pub.



The Settlers Club opened in 1893 to give men a place to congregate in the newly settled town of Mildura. Early members tended to be professionals and more successful block owners. It was the only venue, apart from the Mildura Club, where people could get an alcoholic drink until the mid 1900s. Since then it has seen many changes and challenges; it was used as a shelter during the war, closed for a time due to financial difficulties, and even housed the Mildura library. It now houses a pasta cantina, bar, function centre and office spaces.

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  • Saltbush crisps, sour cream #wildfood #forage #local pic credit: Kieran Mangan
  • Renovations done. Time for some fun
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  • The new #milduraliving is out and guess who is doing the food spread from now on... Inside tip - try the spiced rum hot chocolate! #eatlocal #comfortfood #mildura #keepitsimple 
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  • Our restaurant manager @diegojohnoneill getting crazy on the #wildfood and #australian #native fruits. Infusing #gin for some kickass #cocktails @blackstumpbistro
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  • House cured olives are back and bloody good this year ! #olives #eatlocal #eatlikeyougiveafuck #curing #fermenting #growyourown #mildura
  • Little baby chillies from the garden. Destined for the chicken dish tonight @blackstumpbistro #organicfood #organicgardening #eatlikeyougiveafuck #spicy🌶 #mildura #growyourown #grill #grilledchicken #hotasfuck #garden #gardening #simplefood


Mildura has a proud history of multiculturalism. People from across the world settled here with dreams of creating a legacy by growing sultanas or citrus in the newly irrigated region. We have these early settlers – many of whom where Italian – to thank for much of what we take for granted. Our region produces top quality fruits and vegetables, and we have a unique and diverse culture. The Black Stump Pasta Cantina pays homage to the Italian people and traditions that helped shape the Mildura we know today.


Jim McDougall completed his apprenticeship at Mildura's Grand Hotel restaurants before leaving to work at Vue de Monde in Melbourne. About six years later, he returned to his hometown of Mildura to run Stefano's Restaurant, where he won accolades including Victoria's best regional restaurant. Jim, who has been at the helm of the Black Stump Bistro for the past four years, will share his passion for Italian food and local ingredients through his latest venture – the pasta cantina!