A hundred years ago, the Majestic Theatre in central Launceston was once a buzzing entertainment hub with a Tea Room for refreshments. The former cinema still has a majestic and intact façade, but in 1970 the interior was transformed and in moved Neil Pitt’s Menswear. Not a newcomer to Launceston, the menswear store has been going since 1949 and moved into these digs in 1970. Neil Pitt’s Coffee Shop is perched on the mezzanine level, allowing a birds-eye view over the trousers. The store reminds me of David Jones in the 70s and 80s and it’s definitely something I haven’t seen for a while. What I love most about Neil Pitt’s is the fact that a cafe in an old-school menswear store is renowned for their Devonshire Teas, and most of all, men are ploughing through them. This is a revelation, and my partner is neither impressed nor amused. The cafe is integrated into the store and is very masculine with wood panelled walls depicting coates of arms of British towns. Scones are served at room temperature and although fresh and very CWA-like, a bit of heat in my scones may have bumped up the teapot score. The strawberry jam is average and the whipped cream is super light, looking as though it’s out of a whipping cream canister. Overall, this place is a classic, and a must for those interested in heritage and like to see proof that blokes do actually like to eat scones! Open 9am – 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Tea: A small range of Twinning tea bags served in a classic large aluminium teapot.
Overall: Only in Tassie are Devonshire Teas served in a menswear store.
Location: 76 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250 Ph: 03 6331 3711 neilpitts.com.au
Reviewed in May, 2017