Saturday, 13 April 2019

Willie Smiths, Huon Valley


Located about half an hour's drive south of the centre of Hobart, Willie Smiths Apple Shed is a gorgeous spot to head to if you feel like grabbing a delicious lunch while sampling some fresh apple cider in semi-rural Tasmania. We first visited Willie Smiths for the Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival in July last year (a festival full of amazing food stalls, mulled cider and live music), but it wasn't until springtime last year that we made a weekend trip out there for lunch.



Willie Smiths has a large indoor seating area in their barn, but they also have a gorgeous courtyard area that is dog friendly, so it was the perfect place to take Moose on a Saturday afternoon. They have a variety of their own ciders on offer that are made on site (including Traditional, Organic, Bone Dry, Farmhouse Perry and Willie Smith's Wild), and if you can't decide, the tasting paddle is a great option to choose.

 

They offer a delicious menu as well, with items such as Heidi Farm raclette arancini with date paste, shredded apple, Kewpie mayo, organic leaves and pecorino cheese (one of my favourite dishes); slow roasted Tasmanian lamb riblettes; a Tassie seafood platter; and a house-made chacutterie with ham hock, pate, pastrami, pork cheek rillettes, chorizo, fruits, olives, pickles and bread. We have now visited four times, and have not once been disappointed with the food presented to us. They also offer a range of home made cakes and pastries, as well as the Apple Shed apple pie served with Huon Valley ice cream, which you can enjoy alongside some of their apple brandy.


 

After enjoying a delicious lunch, you can wander around the grounds looking at the vast range of apple trees they have on site (which, of course, they use to make their fresh ciders). If you find yourself there on a Saturday morning, you can explore the artisan and produce markets that are held from 10am to 1pm, or if you happen to visit on a Sunday, their Sunday Sessions allow you to sit back and listen to some live music over a great meal and drink. Whatever day you choose to visit, it's definitely worth a drive out of the city down to the Huon Valley to see this gorgeous spot.

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