It’s truly amazing how versatile lavender is. Bridestowe Lavender Estate in Tassie’s northeast does amazing things with it. The Estate specialises in French lavender, or Lavandula angustifolia, as it’s suitable for both perfume and culinary use. Check out the on site distillery and watch how pure lavender oil is produced. Farm tours are available or otherwise just hang out. To get to the cafe you must enter (and exit) via the gift shop, so shopperholics beware! I’m not sure whether it’s my imagination, but the range of edibles like lavender infused jams, teas and chocolates to teaware, toys and scented lavender pouches for sprucing up stale smelling drawers and cupboards, seem to emit a lavender hue. Once finally at the café, there’s a choice to sit in the large dining area or out on the much smaller verandah. The cafe menu is obviously ‘lavender themed’ – we’d be disappointed if it wasn’t! The lavender scones are the perfect size and are robust rather than creamy and fluffy. Todays’ jam is rhubarb and lavender jelly, which is smooth in texture and not particularly sweet – the perfect accompaniment to the scones. The double thick creams tops of this lovely spread. Make sure to wander around the property, especially between December to February when the lavender is in bloom.
Tea: A brilliant range of lavender infused loose-leaf teas served in a pot for one, two or three. The specialty touch is a nice touch and the teas are sold in the gift shop.
Overall: Can get busy as it’s on the tourist trail, but lovely all the same.
Location: Bridestowe Lavender Estate, 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla TAS 7260
Ph: 03 6352 8182 bridestowelavender.com.au
Reviewed October, 2017