Author: Sue Dyson and Roger McShane

Tarkine Fresh Oysters

Tarkine Fresh Oysters

Tarkine Fresh Oysters have their processing factory and small café quite close to the centre of the town of Smithton on Tasmania’s North West Coast. Tarkine Fresh Oysters is the trading name for Bolduans Bay Oysters Pty Ltd which was established in 1979 by Jon Poke and his wife Annette. […]

South Roast Coffee

South Roast Coffee: High Quality Beans

South Roast Coffee first came to our attention through Cubed Espresso Bar, the idiosyncratic coffee bar-in-a-caravan that is stationed above Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania’s south. On our last visit there we noticed that the coffee beans were roasted and supplied by South Roast Coffee a roaster that we had never […]

Agent Cooper Glenorchy Coffee

Agent Cooper: Excellent coffee

Agent Cooper Background Agent Cooper in Glenorchy, an offshoot of Shake a Leg Jr in Moonah, reflects two converging, yet previously totally separate, groups. The first is the hipsters who are gradually moving further out into the suburbs due to rental pressures in Hobart. The second is the people who […]

Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market

Harvest Launceston Introduction Harvest Launceston is the best produce market in Tasmania due to the quality of the suppliers and the efficient way in which the market is organised. There is even a friendly smile and a greeting from the staff when you arrive. We also like the fact that […]

Providence-Farm-Stall-entrance

Providence Farm Stall: An Enticing Cafe

Providence Farm Stall has morphed into a pleasant cafe where the food is cooked with care and skill and the high ceilings and large windows provide luminosity inside and great views over Bass Strait. The staff are very efficient and caring and seem anxious to ensure that you enjoy the […]

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Strait Off the Boat: Great Fish and Chips

A note about fish and chips Fresh fish and chips should be a hallmark of the Tasmanian tourism experience. The island is surrounded by cool ocean waters that harbour many different species of fish and potatoes are a favourite vegetable grown in all parts of the state. The problem is […]

Asian Masterstock

Asian masterstock is one of the greatest assets you can have in your kitchen. It is incredibly versatile, imparts lots of flavour and, more importantly, lasts forever. In Asia, masterstocks are handed down from one generation to the next. The reason we call it Asian masterstock rather than Chinese masterstock […]

Cubed Espresso Caravan

Cubed Espresso Bar

Cubed Espresso Bar is a delightful place to enjoy a very good coffee while taking in the spectacular views over Eaglehawk Neck at the entrance to the Tasman Peninsula. The venue is essentially a lovingly restored and carefully re-designed caravan parked on the side of the road next to the […]

Willie Smith's Apple Shed

Willie Smith’s Apple Shed: Organic Cider

The Apple Shed is a bar, a café and a museum dedicated to the history and future of apples in the Huon Valley and also to cider – a particular passion of the owners Andrew Smith and Sam Reid who produce the Willie Smith’s Organic Cider range. The bar and […]

Little Red Hen blackboard for vegetables

The Little Red Hen: Great Vegetables

Little Red Hen has been a long-time fixture at Hobart’s Farm Gate Market, selling attractive vegetables and even more attractive flowers. This stall is usually our first stop because, depending on the season, they have very desirable offerings that are difficult to locate elsewhere, especially of the same quality. We […]