Saturday 15 June 2019

My favourite cafes and restaurants outside of Tasmania's main cities

I have written a few blog posts on my favourite cafes and restaurants in Hobart and Launceston, however there are a number of awesome spots scattered around the outskirts of Tasmania that I have loved discovering when I have found myself outside of Tasmania's two major cities. If you are exploring Tasmania and are in search of some good food, coffee, beer or wine, then continue reading.

Chapel Cafe, Burnie

One of the aspects of living in Burnie that I miss the most is our multiple visits to The Chapel Cafe each week. Whether I would meet Dave there for breakfast after he finished a night shift, or if I'd perch myself at a table with my laptop to work away for a couple of hours with a coffee and a slice of cake, or meet up with friends on a Friday night for a burger, drink and some live music, The Chapel Cafe has so much to offer. Some of my favourite menu items included their epic beef burger with parmesan and herb fries, their chicken toasties, their poached eggs with smoked salmon and avocado on sourdough, and their beautifully smooth coffee (with beans roasted on site).

Bayviews Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Burnie

Another favourite spot in Burnie is Bayviews Restaurant and Lounge Bar. Located right on the waterfront, this restaurant has stunning views across Burnie's main beach. Bayviews serves beautiful, fresh dishes made with local ingredients, including beetroot-cured blue eye trevalla, slow-cooked Roland range lamb shoulder, and Northern Tasmanian eye fillet. This is a great spot if you're looking for somewhere in the fine-dining category with amazing water views and friendly service.

Bruce's Cafe, Wynyard

Bruce's Cafe is located approximately 20 minutes' drive north-west of Burnie in the small town of Wynyard. Anyone passing through Wynyard wouldn't expect to discover such a fantastic little spot opposite the beach. It serves excellent breakfasts and lunches, and also offers a dinner service throughout the summer months. One of my favourite meals was their breakfast board with smashed avocado, chorizo, poached egg, hash brown, relish, toast and chia pudding.

Little Bay Patisserie, Bicheno

Earlier this year, we decided to book a weekend away on the east coast of Tasmania in the small seaside town of Bicheno. While there isn't a huge amount there in terms of cafes and restaurants, we did stumble upon the Little Bay Patisserie, a gorgeous little bakery perched on the main street. On our first morning there, we each got a slice of their chocolate caramel tart, and the melt-in-your-mouth consistency combined with the creamy caramel and dark chocolate meant that we couldn't resist going back for another slice the next day. It is definitely worth stopping in here if you are driving along Tasmania's east coast.

Willie Smiths Apple Shed, Huonville

If you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track in the south of Tasmania, Willie Smith's Apple Shed in Hounville is a fantastic spot for a delicious lunch served alongside a fresh cider or beer. If you head here on a sunny day, it's worth scouting an outside table where you can soak up the sun among the miriad of apple trees. Some of my favourite items from the restaurant include the arancini with shredded apple and date paste, the roasted vegetable and feta toastie, and the home-made apple pie served with a generous helping of vanilla bean ice cream.

Josef Chromy, Relbia

If you find yourself in Launceston and are looking for a gorgeous winery not far out of town, Josef Chromy is a beautiful spot to visit, particularly on a cool autumnal day. Situated about a 20 minute drive out of Launceston, this winery puts on a delicious spread for lunch, which you can enjoy after taking part in a wine tasting session at the front of the winery. It boasts gorgeous views over the lake and surrounding rural area, and we loved heading here with friends who visited us in Launceston from Sydney. 

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