‘Tis the season for eating and drinking, and the Southern Trove has plenty of spots to tantalise your tastebuds. The local bounty is top quality, with goodies harvested fresh from the sea, vines, orchards, and farms. Here are twelve tastes of the Trove for you to indulge in.
1. Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery & Hartshorn Distillery
You’ll never look at sheep the same whey again after you try Grandvewe’s mouthwatering sheep milk cheese, liqueur, coffee and gelato. Also onsite is micro distillery Hartshorn, making boutique batches of vodka and gin from the sheep whey (a world first). Grandvewe’s onsite restaurant offers seasonal dishes and platters, incorporating their cheeses and farm grown small goods. Eat on the deck overlooking the sparkling d’Entrecasteaux Channel (and the boisterous flock), then choose some homemade gourmet delights to take home. Go for a wander and meet ‘the girls’, and catch the daily sheep milking demonstration (Sep – Mar).
2. Home Hill Winery
Home Hill Winery is nestled in the beautiful Huon Valley, with amazing views of surrounding vines, pastures, livestock and mountains. Taste their award-winning wines and treat yourself to something from their delicious menu, which reflects their proud Tasmanian heritage. The restaurant is open for lunch each day, and the cellar door from 10am to 5pm.
3. Hotel Bruny
Hotel Bruny is open seven days and offers all day dining from 11am until late. Bruny Island is an amazing hub of fresh, local produce, and the meals at Hotel Bruny showcase it to perfection. The menu offers local island wines, beers, ciders and spirits, fresh oysters and other seafood, plus other hearty meals. The water views from outside are pretty special, and you definitely won’t leave hungry.
4. Peppermint Bay Hotel
Peppermint Bay Hotel sits on the waters edge at Woodbridge, with rolling grounds and amazing views across to Bruny Island. The Hotel is open seven days a week for lunch, as well as Thursday to Saturday night for dinner. The menu showcases fresh produce from their own gardens and local suppliers. The restaurant is architecturally stunning, with huge windows. You can also relax on the terrace in the sun and watch the fishing boats pull up with fresh seafood. Bliss!
5. Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe
If you’ve dreamt of drinking a delicious cider in a former church hall, Franks Cider Bar & Cafe at Franklin is the place for you. Their ciders are made from 100% pure Tasmanian fruit, and many of the trees harvested today were planted by Frank himself, generations ago. They also offer delicious meals, coffees and treats, so pop in for morning/afternoon tea or lunch. Learn about the history of the local area with a wander through the onsite museum.
6. Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is the home of Willie Smith’s Cider. The large rustic barn in the Huon Valley is a hive of activity, with eager punters coming for the food, drink and live music events. They’ve recently launched a weekly Saturday morning market, bringing together the best local producers and growers in one spot. Learn about the region’s apple growing history, and enjoy delicious food made fresh in their kitchen from local and regional, seasonal, and sustainable produce.
7. Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines are a small family owned and operated vineyard/winery on beautiful South Bruny. You can taste the personal touch, as the wines are grown, made and bottled by hand. The Wine Bar & Grill is open daily from 11am to 5pm, offering an extensive menu, featuring gourmet meals, tasting platters, tapas, wine and cider from Bruny Island. Wine tastings are available at the bar.
8. Southern Lights Hotel
You’ll find Aura Cafe at the Southern Lights Hotel, up on a hill at Kingston, just a short drive south from Hobart. Relax on the comfortable couches and enjoy the view, soak up the sun in their alfresco courtyard, treat yourself to a signature Aura dish, and indulge in a fine Tasmanian beer and wine.
9. Ranelagh General Store
Ranelagh General Store is a favourite amongst visitors and locals. They offer coffee, breakfast, gourmet burgers, fish Friday, divine desserts, and their amazing weekly Sunday roast. Their in house specials change often, according to what’s in season, and you can take takeaway or dine in. You can also pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and other groceries from the store.
10. Bruny Island Traveller
Wear your stretchy pants for this full day tour of beautiful Bruny Island. You’ll enjoy exploring the island’s spectacular landscapes and tasting the gourmet local produce. Every course on the menu is a stop on your journey, as you visit the home of Bruny Island’s cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky. As you indulge, you’ll hear the stories behind the harvest.
11. Hartzview Vineyard
Visit Hartzview Vineyard in Gardners Bay and take in the stunning scenery, stroll the old pickers huts, peruse the gift shop, hit up the cellar door, and treat yourself to something tasty at the cafe (open from 10am to 5pm). Visitors can taste the premium range of wines as well as the fortified fruit ports, liqueurs and spiced apple liqueur mead. The cafe offers a light lunch menu, with a delicious range of options including vineyard and cheese platters, coffee and desserts.
12. Villa Howden
Feel a little bit fancy with high tea at the charming Villa Howden, on every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Picture a three tier stand with fresh ribbon sandwiches at the bottom, a middle plate of cakes and pastries, and a top tier of scones with jam and cream. Sip on freshly brewed tea or a freshly ground coffee. Relax in the luxurious surrounds of the estate; on the deck overlooking North West Bay, on the terrace surrounded by beautiful gardens, on a picnic rug in the landscaped gardens, or in the restaurant listening to the baby grand piano. The restaurant is open for dinner and offers a unique Tasmanian dining experience.
This is just the tip of the tasting iceberg, with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, wineries, and farm experiences to discover. To unearth more info, see Tastes of the Trove.
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