6 top regional restaurants in Tasmania
With quality produce out there for the picking, a trip to a Tasmanian regional dining destination is a mouth-watering experience.
- March 2020
- Updated February 2021
Some of Tasmania’s finest restaurants are located not in the city centres but out in the countryside. For a dining experience featuring the best local and organic produce, craft beers, and high-quality wine – all matched by scenic views – explore these rural delights of the Apple Isle within reach of Hobart.
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, Derwent Valley
Co-founders Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet opened the Eatery in a former mental asylum in the lush Derwent Valley region. Most produce is grown or raised on their farm (where their much-loved cooking school is) and served with minimal but skilled intervention. Be sure to order the potato cakes – simple slices of Tassie spuds in a crunchy sourdough batter. Open for lunch Friday to Sunday.
Stefano Lubiana Vineyard Larder, Granton
Stefano Lubiana adopts a biodynamic approach to winemaking (so good in fact, he’s won best international biodynamic wine three times). Thus it’s no surprise that the same care is taken in the cellar door restaurant. It's like a little slice of Italy on the approach to the Derwent Valley – expect hyper-local seasonal produce, such as free-range pork and pistachio terrine or Bruny Island oysters.
Fat Pig Farm, Huon Valley
Matthew Evans (of Gourmet Farmer fame) and partner Sadie Chrestman throw open their Huon Valley farm gates at least once a week for lovely long lunches, punctuated with a farm tour to meet the Wessex Saddleback pigs and wander the extensive kitchen garden. Pork is the star of the menu, supported by other ingredients sourced from the farm, prepared by Matthew’s team in theatrical style in the open kitchen.
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Huon Valley
Peppermint Bay Hotel, D'Entrecasteaux Channel
The journey to lunch at the architecturally designed Peppermint Bay Hotel, overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, is the perfect appetiser. Take a cruise from Brooke Street Pier in the Hobart CBD or enjoy the winding country drive. Produce is grown on site or gathered from local producers in the lush paddocks nearby. House-made ingredients just add to the appeal.
Harvest and Light, Geeveston
If you love pickles with your pickles, then this picklery (yes, really!), 60km south of Hobart at Geeveston, has you covered. There is an array of pickles, preserves, jams and chutneys and owner Cassy Faux’s art lines the walls. Order a gluten-free platter to enjoy local cheese, meats and pickles with a Tassie beverage.