Scottsdale has become more than just a service hub for surrounding farms. A pleasant pit stop halfway between Launceston and St Helens, with pretty Bridport on Bass Strait and vineyards to the north, mountain bike hub, Derby, just down the road, and a Rail Trail passing through town. Scottsdale Art Gallery is easy to find on the main drag and shares the space with a cafe. Essentially it is a cafe surrounded by paintings, sculptures, pottery and jewellery perfectly poised in a light bright space. I’m gobsmacked by the scones; fluffy and super creamy – there’s definitely a secret ingredient, as they taste incredible. The scones are accompanied with a tart homemade raspberry jam, which, to be honest can be doubled in quantity. It’s a pain to be only able to have a thin scrape of jam, but at least the scones are exceptionally tasty. What a bummer about the cream, it’s just way too light and flavourless. The gallery and café are open daily.
Tea: A good range, with a few interesting choices of loose-leaf teas served in an adequate sized pot.
Overall: Top scones in a chilled out gallery.
Location: 42 King St, Scottsdale TAS 7260 Ph: 03 6352 4388 scottsdaleartgallery.com.au
Reviewed in May, 2017