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
Some of Tasmania’s finest restaurants are located not in the cities, but rather, in the countryside. For a dining experience featuring the best of local and organic produce, including craft beers and a high quality wine list, matched by scenic views, explore these rural delights of the Apple Isle (they’re easy enough to get to from Hobart opens in new window).
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, Derwent Valley
Co-founders Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet opened the Eatery in an ex-mental asylum in the lush 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 Thursday to Monday.
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. Like a little slice of Italy on the approach to the Derwent Valley, expect hyper-local produce such as Long Name Farm pork belly with the most incredible crackling.
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
At this cider house on the Huon highway, you can match your lunch – with dishes celebrating southern Tasmanian produce – to a range of organic ciders, in a big old timber shed.
Peppermint Bay Hotel, D'Entrecasteaux Channel
The journey to lunch at the architecturally designed venue, overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, is the perfect appetiser. Take a cruise from Brooke Street Pier in the 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!), 60 kilometres 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.