Going out for a meal is one of life’s greatest joys! Whatever you’re craving—a hearty family dinner, coffee and cake with your bestie, a long winery lunch—the Heritage Highway has you covered. Choose from famous bakeries, beloved cafes, amazing local restaurants, award-winning wineries and distilleries, and lip-smacking country pub grub. We’ve thrown together some juicy tips.
How do bakeries always smell so good?! At Ross, visit Bakery 31 for their famous scallop pies and the Ross Village Bakery for that vanilla slice. At Longford, JJ’s Bakery will satisfy your hunger (and provide visitor information). The Rustic Bakehouse at Cressy use an original 1926 scotch oven, and make amazing woodfired pizza on Friday evenings. Evandale‘s Ingleside Bakery Cafe is a favourite, with their beautiful (and dog friendly) courtyard garden.
Cafes & Restaurants
There are so many to choose from (we can’t possibly list them all)! In the north, get your pizza fix at Longford‘s Sticky Beaks Coffee Lounge and Pizzeria. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Cow Shed, Avoca (try the real fruit ice cream). There are lots of lovely eateries at Campbell Town, including Zeps Cafe and The Church (traditional high tea and more). Refuel in the bush at Kalangadoo Store, near Lake Leake.
In the south, don’t leave Oatlands without treating yourself at the Pancake & Crepe Shop. At Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, feed the kangaroos then feed yourself at Vegelicious. At Pontville’s Twelve Stones Restaurant, enjoy a delicious meal in a heritage-listed church.
There are some top-notch wineries close by, ready to welcome you to their cellar doors for tastings. The Relbia wine region is part of the famed Tamar Valley Wine Route, just a short drive south from Launceston. Our tips include Josef Chromy Wines, Bundaleera Vineyard, Sharmans Wines, and Jinglers Creek. Near Longford, you’ll find Valleyfield Vineyard, the home of Bell & Gong. In the south, tour the Coal River Valley wine region, including Wobbly Boot Vineyard and Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard.
The Heritage Highway is home to some unique, award-winning distilleries. Corra Linn Distillery at Relbia was established in 2015, and produces a variety of speciality single malt whisky, liqueurs, gin and vodka. It can be viewed by appointment.
In the south, the Old Kempton Distillery offer tours, tastings of their whisky and other top drops, and mouthwatering meals in a grand 1840s coaching inn. Shene Estate & Distillery at Pontville is a striking convict-built estate and living museum, offering tours and tastings of their divine Poltergeist Gin and triple distilled Mackey Single Malt Whisky.
There’s just something comforting about a good old fashioned pub meal. There are some real gems along the Heritage Highway offering hearty country fare, delicious tasting platters, and local brews. Pop into the Clarendon Arms Hotel and the Prince of Wales Hotel at Evandale, the Ringwood Hotel at Cressy, the Ross Hotel, the Blenheim Inn Hotel at Longford, and the Lake Leake Inn.
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