If arriving or departing by ferry, The Cherry Shed is a mere 10-minute drive from Devonport along the Bass Highway. The huge shed that The Cherry Shed Cafe and Gift Shop is located in looks a tad out of place surrounded by suburbia and busy intersections. Perhaps it was, once-upon-a-time, embedded in a field of green? The giant cherry out the front (think the Big Banana, Prawn and Pineapple on the mainland) acts as a lure for visitors making the rounds of Tasmania’s berry and cherry farms, so I’m not sure if the shed was in fact a work beast. As per the pic above I order the half serve; a full serve of two scones is also available. The scone is a good size, not ridiculously huge nor is a one-bite-wonder, and is crispy skinned and lightly sprinkled with icing sugar. A choice of either cherry or raspberry jam is teamed superbly with lots of chilled and thick slightly sweet cream. Naturally I go with the cherry jam, which is made from local cherries and supposedly made on the premises. It’s tart and rich with fruit, and does The Cherry Shed proud. Wander through the gift shop and stock up on ‘cherry’ related products, and send the kids to play in the giant cherry. Fresh cherries are available from mid-December to February.
Tea: Basic choices in a range of tea bags, and some specialty loose-leaf varieties served in a small teapot with a bicky on the side. I have the green cherry tea, but it is a bit weak.
Overall: A touristy diversion selling cherry infused goodies.
Location: 243 Gilbert St, Latrobe TAS 7307 Ph: 03 6426 2411 thecherryshed.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2016