It feels like everyone travelling up through Swansea to Freycinet National Park or back the other way, visits Kate’s Berry Farm. After we arrive, a convoy of oversized fancy campervans tries to manoeuver into limited parking spots, and more visitors than available tables descend on the free jam tasting samples and Kate’s specialties. Although the berry farm isn’t on the highway, the visitors keep arriving. Located up a quiet country lane, high enough to allow sweeping views over rows of ripening berries, and down towards Great Oyster Bay and the magnificent Freycinet Peninsula beyond. The aptly named Just Desserts Cafe is just that, predominantly for those with a sweet tooth, although there are a few savoury items such as pot pies available. The scones are near perfect. They have a crispy outer shell and are soft and buttery within, tasting as though this batch is just out of the oven. My only gripe is they taste a tad salty – but that’s just me. I’m at a loss as to which jam to choose, as every berry is represented, and then some. I go with the blackcurrant, which is everything you could hope for in a jam; rich, tart, thick and fruity, and served with ample cream that’s whipped thick. Quality doesn’t come cheap; this spread is on the expensive side at $17.50 including the pot of tea.
Tea: A good selection of loose-leaf tea served in a small teapot.
Overall: Touristy, busy and expensive – but expect good quality and a killer view.
Location: 12 Addison St, Swansea TAS 7190 Ph: 03 6257 8428 katesberryfarm.com
Reviewed in December, 2016