Freshly baked bread, homemade pies, delectable sweet treats, freshly ground coffee, and good old fashioned service… There’s nothing quite like a country bakery! We’ve picked half a dozen bakery cafes for you to visit in the charming Georgian towns along the Heritage Highway. Enjoy!
1. Ingleside Bakery Cafe
The delightful Ingleside Bakery Cafe is located inside Evandale‘s old Council Chambers building (c. 1867), just a short drive south from Launceston. It features a quaint walled garden courtyard and a traditional Scotch wood fired oven. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, or coffee and cake. Relax by the fire or sit outside amongst the herbs and flowers (dogs are welcome in the courtyard). Check out the art gallery and pick up some beautiful Tasmanian gifts, condiments, and wines.
2. JJ’s Bakery
Tassie icon JJ’s Bakery Café opened at Longford in 1989, in a Heritage-listed former flour mill built by convicts in 1834. Today, JJ’s also operate in Campbell Town and Launceston. JJ’s are known for their deliciously brewed coffee, beautiful range of sourdough and artisan breads, cakes, pastries, slices, gourmet wood fired pizzas, and huge array of homemade treats. Make your (very tough) decision, then settle in and enjoy the warm atmosphere.
3. Rustic Bakehouse
Rustic Bakehouse, Cressy, are known for crafting delicious food that tastes how it used to. Every day, they bake artisan breads, pastries, pies, and sweets in their original 1926 Scotch woodfired oven. Treat yourself to a Tasmanian caffeinated brew and one (or two) of their mouthwatering cream cakes, slices, and tarts. Woodfired pizzas are available on Friday nights from 5pm to 8pm; all baked in the original Scotch oven and served with good old fashioned service.
4. Ross Bakery Inn
The Heritage village of Ross has some pretty fierce bakery competition. The Ross Bakery Inn is the town’s original bakery (c. 1860), and has operated for more than 100 years. The traditional semi-scotch brick woodfired oven is still in use, and is put to work baking delicious pies, pastries, breads, buns and cakes. Do yourself a favour and try their famous vanilla slice—it lives up to its bold claim of being the world’s best! The bakery is also popular due to its likeness to the bakery in Kiki’s Delivery Service, the beloved 1989 Studio Ghibli anime film.
5. Bakery 31
If you’re partial to a scallop pie, head to Bakery 31 at Ross, the home of the Tasmanian Scallop Pie Company. Scallop pie making dates back to the early 19th century on the Hobart wharves, and Bakery 31 proudly continues the tradition. As well as the famous scallop pies, Bakery 31 create a wide range of mouthwatering pies and pastries, as well as award-winning convict jams made to the same recipe of our convict ancestors. Enjoy your treats in the tea rooms or al fresco dining area.
6. TKO Bakery Cafe
Transport yourself to Old Hollywood with a visit to the Kentish Hotel’s TKO Bakery Cafe. This quirky gem at Oatlands features tonnes of memorabilia, including movie posters, lobby cards, and hot rod paraphernalia. Much of the display is dedicated to Tasmanian-born star Errol Flynn, as well as Marilyn Monroe. Call in for a hearty breakfast or lunch, morning tea, fresh coffee, hot pies, and yummy treats.
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