A Few Places To Eat In Tasmania's North West


Publishedon 06/08/2015 - 01:17 am

You’ll soon discover Tasmania is divided into regions of distinct people and localised produce. Hobart is a hive of politics, art, edgy eating and late nights dotted with whisky sours and the lights of Salamanca. Besides some of this planet’s most recognized pristine beaches, the East Coast casually serves up walnuts, olives and oysters. Up north, enterprising youngsters are beginning a fresh wave of modern food, craft beer and superb coffee. And along the Northwest Coast and beyond, there’s a string of honest operations offering you a detailed taste of a region dominated by red dirt, lush hills and the unforgiving Bass Strait. What’s to follow are a few, but by no means all of the best from Tasmania's beautiful North West.

Ashgrove Cheese, Bass Highway

Ashgrove CheeseRespect must go to this cheese factory that has stood the test of time on the Bass Highway at Elizabeth Town. No doubt milking the steady flow of visitors fresh off the ferry at Devonport, Ashgrove has also managed to capture a strong local following: the company let us in on its milk and butter a few years ago. For the tourist there’s lavender and wasabi cheese but if you can avoid the cliché, try the cloth wrapped cheddar. Ashgrove’s a good place to stock up for Cradle Mountain: while the various accommodations here have your basic offerings of peanuts, tea and emergency chocolate bars, you might want some fresh bread, cheese, pate and fruit to take on your tour of Dove Lake or to nibble after said adventure.

To learn more about Ashgrove Cheese pleave visit http://www.ashgrovecheese.com.au/.

Barringwood Park, Lower Barrington

Barringwood ParkSomewhere between Sheffield and Devonport there’s a place waiting to impress your senses. Barringwood Park has relatively recently burst onto the scene with its big, blossomy bubbles and spritzy pinto gris. These two, plus siblings are on show at Barringwood’s cellar door where you can sit back, savor the vines from an impressive deck or among the warmth of timber, while nibbling on a generous platter of local cold meats, bread and cheese. The operation is simple but elegant and informative: tastings take you through the stunning range including an earthy pinot noir and classic cuvee. 

To learn more about Barringwood Park please visit http://www.barringwoodpark.com.au/.

Ghost Rock, Shearwater

Here you’ll find spectacular views of the vineyard and ocean plus the delicious new Zoe Sparkling Blush and a fresh 2015 Pinot Gris. Best in summer sitting outside, the site often has live music of a Sunday. Hundred Acres has just opened here: a new function centre and cooking school using fresh Tasmanian Produce. 

To learn more about Ghost Rock please visit http://ghostrock.com.au/.

Mrs Jones, Devonport

Mrs JonesOperated by the same owners of the old Wild Café at Penguin, this place has become somewhat of an institution. Sip a boutique beer in a perfectly chilled glass on the luxurious caramel leather couches and nibble at soft shell crab rice paper rolls while overlooking Bluff Beach. The copper bar is on trend and so is the mismatched glassware and terrific, attentive service. Book a Lady’s Day in the Peacock Lounge or sit back and soak up a sunset with an extensive, creative menu on hand. A friend says Mrs Jones in summer is akin to dining along Sydney’s eastern suburb beaches – but perhaps not as pricey.

To learn more about Mrs Jones pleaswe visit http://www.mrsjonesrbl.com.au/.

Laneway, Devonport

No points for guessing where you’ll find this multi-level café in Devonport. Hidden off Steele Street, Laneway bubbles along nicely with action. Great paninis, generous burgers and breakfast sprinkled with sensational bacon from Mt Gnomon. Just a hop, skip and right turn from the ferry departure gates; Laneway is your first port of call for good Tasmanian coffee.

To learn more about Laneway please visit http://www.lane-way.com.au/

The Letterbox, Penguin

Good coffee, snacks and salad on Bass Strait’s doorstep. Check out Cocoon over the road. We dare you not to walk away with something stunning for your home.

To learn more about Letterbox please visit their Facebook page

Run Rabbit Run, Burnie

If you’re not impressed by the hospitality, you will be by the menu free of foodie jargon. It’s a selection of simple, fresh comfort food that you can eat in the funky surrounds or takeaway. Upstairs you’ll find the Otis Room, a cinema-turned-cocktail lounge with neon signs and live music. 

To learn more about Run Rabbit Run please visit their Facebook page.

Secret Buddha Café, Burnie

Secret Buddha CafeQuite possibly the best coffee in Tasmania. There is no barista holding a group head to anyone’s head here: this café hiding among ferns next to a nursery on West Park Grove has time and time again presented silky, balanced and delightfully tempered flat whites that leave many of this state’s big coffee players behind. Perhaps it’s the white stuff from Red Cow Dairy (we were told once a cold snap had affected the animals’ fodder, meaning the milk wasn’t frothing as well). Or perhaps it’s the fact the barista devotes his entire attention to one coffee at a time. Whatever the case, it’s good. Not ideal for gluten free but plenty of trendy dishes with haloumi and lentils.  

To learn more about Secret Buddha Café please visit their Facebook page.

Bruce’s Café, Wynyard

This little spot with an unrestricted view of the ocean is another example of fine barista work on the coast. Great coffee and an ever-rotating, seasonal menu.

To learn more about Bruce's Café please visit their Facebook page.

Seabreeze, Boat Harbour

If you’re after a substantial meal on the north-west coast, this place is worth the drive. Something of a sizeable operation now, Seabreeze does your usual suspects: fried squid, bruschetta, steak sandwich, woodfired pizzas. The various menus will keep you full and satisfied as you hit the road to go further west or back to a metropolis. Since you’ve made it this far, we implore you to visit Boat Harbor, the turquoise jewel in the coast’s crown.

To learn more about Seabreeze please visit their Facebook page.

Post title image credit : Tourism Tasmania & Graham Freeman (@insta_graham23 on Instagram)

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