Port Arthur Lavender Food with a View

Beautiful surrounds lake views and yummy food who could ask for more?

Our time in Tasmania has flown by so quickly it would be remiss of us to leave without getting an opportunity to see some more of this beautiful little island situated at the bottom end of Australia.  So we packed the kids and the in laws into our car and headed toward the historical town of Port Arthur, on the way we stopped at Port Arthur Lavender restaurant for lunch.

Port Arthur Lavender Restaurant and Gift Shop

The owners of the business Clare and Brendon Dean are friends of ours and we have discussed their business and the story behind the building of their business on several occasions; however I was still extremely impressed when I first saw this beautiful modern building that houses Port Arthur Lavender Restaurant and gift shop.  We parked the car and walked into the restaurant and was immediately captivated by this stylish modern restaurant just 5 minutes’ drive from Port Arthur’s most historical location.

Inside to our left are several glass display cases with muffins cakes and treats at one end and ice cream at the other.  Behind the counter the frantic staff were rushed off their feet fixing delicious meals for the packed restaurant.  On the right there was a comfortable black leather couch and table next to a fireplace and on the far side of the restaurant are floor to ceiling windows making the restaurant bright and airy while maintaining a feeling of cosiness.  We took our seat and perused the menu.

I read as far as Seafood Chowder and stopped, I knew there was no point in reading on when my thoughts were on thick creamy soup, my father in law the same.  I am pleased to say that our decision to look no further proved correct.  This creamy bowl of fresh seafood was exquisite.

Seafood Chowder

Paul went for the salt and pepper squid, his mother the scallop bacon and chorizo skewer and the kids decided on a bowl of chips, and lavender milk shakes.   All plates were emptied so that is certainly evidence of quality.  After all that glorious food it was time for a stroll around the lavender gardens to walk some of it off before heading to the Port Arthur historical site.

Scallop bacon and chorizo skewer

Summer is a fabulous time to visit Port Arthur Lavender as the flowers are in full bloom and the sea of purple lavender creates a visual feast especially for those of us who love the colour purple.  The kids loved running up and down the rows while we read the many information boards explaining the types of lavender and the history of the area.

Lavender garden.

After our leisurely walk we visited the shed where the lavender is distilled for the oil.   There is a video which plays continuously which explains the distillation process, and we got the opportunity to smell the oils at different stages of the process.

It was then almost time to get back on the road but we managed a quick perusal of the gift shop where there are a number of lavender products from soaps to cosmetics to food available for purchase.   We bought…yes lavender chocolate, lavender shortbread and lavender honey to take away with us.

Whether you are looking for a place to stop for lunch or just coffee and cake or an ice cream Port Arthur Lavender will certainly delight.

Port Arthur Lavender
6555 Port Arthur Highway
Tasmania 7182

The Wicked Cheese Company – Wicked By Name Wicked By Nature

What better way to start a Saturday morning than drinking coffee and eating cheese?  It just sets you up for an awesome weekend, so we took a drive to one of our favourite places– Wicked Cheese Company, Richmond Tasmania.

The Wicked Cheese Company  is a family owned boutique cheese factory near Richmond,  where you can purchase cheese that is made on the premises as well as a number of other locally produced delights such as olive oil, chocolate, locally brewed wines and spirits, jams, honey, dukkha and so much more.   One half of the shop is the retail space while the other half is a café where you sample some of Tasmania’s finest food.   We have visited the shop several times since arriving in Tasmania but we had never tried the café.

The owners are clearly music fans.  The wall of the cafe are lined with an eclectic mix of rock memorabilia, mostly Beetles.  We sat at a glass topped table decorated with poster art from various classical musicals such as The Sound of Music, and What’s New Pussycat?  An interesting theme for a cheese shop I thought.

The menu has a range of light meals from soups to bread and cheese platters.  There are also some amazing cakes and desserts, and ice-cream.  I am all about the cheese so along with my latte, I chose the cheese platter with a selection of mini toasts and water crackers.   The platter included a delicately light blue vein cheese, an aged cheddar and creamiest brie you could imagine (I was not surprised to find out that it was an award winning brie).

My cheese platter half eaten before I took a photo.

Paul decided it was a dessert morning for him so he chose a warm chocolate cake covered in warm chocolate sauce.   According to Paul this moreish cake was so light and fluffy that he felt satisfied with out that weighed down feeling that sometimes follows over indulgence.

 

 

The kids chose rainbow ice cream in a waffle cone.   J allowed me

Ice cream as it should be

to sample some of his in return for a large chunk of my blue vein cheese and it was a pretty good swap.  The ice cream was exactly how all ice-cream should be full of flavour and extremely creamy.

After a delicious morning tea it was time to venture back through the cheese shop to get a selection of cheese (and chocolate of course) to take with us.

The Wicked Cheese Factory is on the Richmond Rd which is the main route from Hobart to Richmond Tasmania, and offers free tastings of all their cheeses.    If you are heading to Richmond I recommend a visit!

Now I am off to prepare my afternoon tea –blue cheese and crackers of course!

The Wicked Cheese Co,
1238 Richmond Road,
Richmond TAS 7025