The great outdoors: where to eat al fresco in Tassie
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Brown Brothers’ Devil’s Corner vineyard has a stunning site on the east coast, just near the town of Bicheno, with an ultra-modern cellar door. Taste one of the award-winning pinot noirs on the beautiful deck with panoramic views of The Hazards. In the courtyard, slurp on oysters from Freycinet Marine Farm at The Fishers eatery or wood-fired pizzas from Tombolo Cafe.
Located in a stunning modern building on the beach at Mersey Bluff in Devonport (it also houses the surf club) is this light-filled eatery that serves up Mod Australian with a view. Grab a burger if you want to eat casual (the tandoori chicken is delicious), or indulge in a platter of fresh-off-the-boat Tassie seafood. A great range of boutique local beers – think Seven Sheds and Moo Brew – and Tasmanian wines complete the offering.
Farm Gate market
Join the locals at this Hobart Sunday market to taste the best of Tasmania’s produce, from heirloom potatoes to artisan olive oil – the array of produce changes with the seasons. Choose your goodies from a variety of stalls to fill up the boot or sit at a picnic table to enjoy an al fresco brunch or lunch.
Josef Chromy Restaurant
This restaurant on the Josef Chromy estate, just outside of Launceston in the hamlet of Relbia, is consistently named as one of the country’s best winery restaurants. It features a grand wrap-around terrace and glass sliding doors that open out to the vineyard and lake. Sample the best Tassie produce in dishes like Wild Clover Lamb short rib with baked celeriac or market-fresh fish with smoked miso butter, all matched with the best of the estate’s wine.
Bruny Island Cheese Company
Cheesemaker Nick Haddow’s award-winning cellar door sells sumptuous artisan cheeses produced by traditional methods from the pure milk of unspoiled Bruny Island, about two hours’ drive (and a short ferry ride) south of Hobart. Enjoy a platter accompanied by one of their own Bruny Island Beers on the wooden deck in a lovely bush setting. The homemade wood-fired sourdough bread is a must-try too.
Fifteen minutes from Hobart, on the shore of North West Bay, this stunning French Provincial boutique hotel opens its gardens and restaurant to the public. They’ll organise a picnic for you to take into the gardens (think Tasmanian charcuterie and cheese with pickles and bread), or, on Sundays, indulge in their famous high tea on the terrace surrounded by beautiful gardens, or the deck with its bay backdrop.
In the hamlet of Eugenana, about 15 minutes’ drive south of Devonport, is this small winery which opened its cellar door in the property’s old shearing shed a couple of years back. With views of the vineyards and gentle hills in the background, the shed’s rustic deck is the perfect place to share a wine and a delicious cheese platter.
Header image provided courtesy of Drift Café, Devonport.