Tasman Peninsula: Heavenly Local Food to Warm your Cockles

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It’s been a chilly winter, and she’s not done with us quite yet! Toast the season with some scrumptious local goodies from the scenic Tasman Peninsula. Make a trip of it, treat your tastebuds, and warm yourself from the inside out. Here are a few of our favourites – enjoy!

Eats with beds

Trust us, you’ll want to find somewhere wonderful to snuggle up and sleep off the food coma!

Overlooking beautiful Pirates Bay, the Lufra Hotel and Apartments are a hop skip and jump away from the amazing Tessellated Pavement. Lufra’s cafe offers light meals and refreshments, while The Pavement Restaurant serves an a la carte menu from 6pm (hot tip: the seafood platter is incredible).

Another absolute gem is Stewarts Bay Lodge, which is nestled amongst bushland at the edge of a stunning beach, not far from the Port Arthur Historic Site. Their onsite restaurant, Gabriel’s on the Bay, offers pure indulgence in the form of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also a gorgeous spot to sip a coffee or have a relaxing drink at the bar.

Paddock to plate

Local produce is the star of the yummy dishes available at the Peninsula’s restaurants and cafes.

You’ll be quacking mad if you miss the freshly baked bread, cakes and treats at Nubeena’s delightfully quirky Lucky Ducks Cafe & Restaurant. Much of the menu’s produce is from the owners’ farm just up the road – think berries, apples, other seasonal fruit and veg, and even freshly cut flowers!

If it’s the sea in your soul and vines in your veins, Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed at Dunalley is the place to be. It’s a cellar door, farm gate shop and restaurant all in one. Cosy up by the fire and enjoy fine oysters and wine harvested from the sea and vines in front of you.

See purple at Port Arthur Lavender Farm and indulge in their incredible lavender inspired cuisine (full disclosure, the lavender ice cream probably won’t warm you, but it tastes delicious and it’s so pretty). Although the lavender ‘sleeps’ during winter, you can still sample the goods in the cafe, enjoy the scenery on the farm, learn about the manufacturing and distilling process, and pick up a little something from the gift shop.

Sweetness and spirit

For a little something sweet, pop into Federation Artisan Chocolate in Taranna. Watch the rich, creamy chocolate being melted and hand-mixed through the viewing windows at their factory. Breathe in that sweet, chocolatey smell and thank the Oompa Loompa lords for taste testing! Allow some time to choose which chocolate blends, fudge flavours and nougat you’re going to take home.

Embrace the winter spirit with a visit to Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery, McHenry Distillery at Port Arthur. Soak up the scenery and enjoy experiencing their hand-made single malt Tasmanian whisky and other high quality spirits such as gin, sloe gin and vodka. The newly built cellar door is now open, and tours are also available.

Gourmet on the capes

If you’re a bushwalking enthusiast drawn to the raw beauty of the Three Capes Track, check out Three Capes Gear & Gourmet. As well as having hiking gear for hire, they offer pre-prepared dining packs of gourmet camping food featuring Tasmanian ingredients, suppliers and artisanal treat makers. Now that’s glamping!

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