There are literally hordes of people in Derby this Saturday, and most of them are riding mountain bikes. For Derby this is a godsend, as the former tin mining town once on the brink of extinction, is now thriving due to the new mountain bike park on the edge of town. The town is making the most of this renaissance with local businesses getting in on the act. The local council has even decorated Main Street with bicycle art sculptures (if that’s what it’s called)! At the Painted Door Art Cafe, the art gallery section sells bracelets made from old bicycle chains and pendant necklaces using the links. Whether it’s clever recycling or merely creative, mountain bike diehards may be coerced into buying. The adjoining cafe is large, bright and airy, and has a lovely grassy garden, which is today littered with bikes and weary riders basking in the sunshine. The Devonshire Tea is served with two light and fluffy scones, and is prettily presented with a dash of syrup and a sprinkle of icing sugar. The average raspberry jam and super light cream that tastes as it’s come from a can (dairy whip?), are a bit of a let down considering they’ve made an effort with the scones. Closed on Tuesdays.
Tea: A selection of Twinings tea bags served in a small teapot.
Overall: Forget the tin mining history; it’s all about the mountain bike park.
Location: 62 Main St, Derby TAS 7264 Ph: 03 6354 2407
Reviewed in December, 2016