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).
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
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