When my dear friend Rachel asked for tips on local spots to eat and drink for her Melbourne mates who were doing the Weekend In Tassie, this is what I messaged her:
Hey Murray! How are you and Cino *cat emoji*? Here are some tips:
Launceston: Lots on offer but some goodies for dinner inc Black Cow Bistro, Stillwater, Pachinko, Burger Junkie (they have a van or shop in town. Try the chilli fries). Harvest Market if they’re here on a Saturday (just mind where you’re stepping – lots of dancing kids), Mondello for breakfast, Sweet Brew/Amelia’s/Off Centre for coffee, Saint John for fancy beer and gin then jump in the car and go to Clover Hill’s freshened up cellar door or the place we had our wedding party, Timbre at Velo Vineyard- lunch or dinner.
Hobart: sooo many options but def dinner at Templo (my ABSOLUTE FAVE but make sure you BOOK! CAPITALS MEAN I’M SERIOUS) or Ettie’s, Fico, Tom McHugo’s, Suzie Luck’s. Cocktails at Sud Polair or Glass House (front row water views), brunch at Room For a Pony, Ginger Brown, Born in Brunswick, Bear With Me or Hamlet. Coffee at Yellow Bernard, Criterion Street and if they’re like me and gluten is ze devil, try Straight Up in Liverpool Street or on their way north in Moonah. If they can, drive to New Norfolk for lunch at Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, coffee at Badger’s Bike Cafe and wander to Drill Hall Emporium or Flywheel (note: every one of these is closed on a Tuesday which I discovered on a Tuesday). Local Pizza near MONA also great. If they don’t visit MONA, they haven’t done Tassie/lived. You can eat there too at various spots including Faro, I just haven’t tried it myself. If they’re heading the other direction, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for everything from nibbles to feasting then on to Geeveston for The Old Bank. The best sushi in the world by a chef called Masaaki comes from this hamlet, too.
East Coast: Devil’s Corner for lunch, Milton Vineyard and Gala for tasting, fish’n’chips at The Gulch, Little Bay Patisserie for excellent coffee and you guessed it: pastries. I also suggest taking a good hamper of supplies – visit Hill Street in West Hobart or Alps and Amici in Launceston (their pre-packed meals are le perfect). Good coffee in cute container cafe, Swims at Scamanda, too. Oh and stop by an oyster vendor for a fresh dozen or two (Lease 65 is en route to the best beach in the universe, Binalong Bay).
North West: Totally worth the trip to this sprawling, amazing patch that stole my heart a few years back. Hazelbrae, Tas Food and Wine Conservatory, Ghost Rock Vineyard, Mrs Jones (soft shell crab rice paper rollssssss!), Fundamental for superior coff. If they go further West, pack a hamper.
That should keep them busy xo
PS I have DEFINITELY exceeded the Nokia 3310 character limit!