Wander the streets of this National Trust classified Georgian village that dates back to 1811 for a taste of Tasmanian history. Not only is this a pretty village but also many of the historic buildings remain well intact. Businesses have settled in nicely to heritage buildings, restoring and reviving them, much like the Ingleside Bakery. Housed in the old Evandale Council Chambers that was built in 1867, the property is quite a sight. The towering walls and sky-high ceilings are a drawcard, as is the pretty flower filled courtyard. The licensed bakery/cafe took over the premises in 1988, and uses some of its space as an art gallery, and sells local Tasmanian gifts and produce, wines and whiskey. In winter the open fire is a welcome, but in warmer weather the courtyard is the winner. I almost have a mild panic attack when I don’t see any scones on the counter or in the cake cabinet, as I’ve had this place on my ‘to-visit’ list for some time. Never fear as they are on the menu and are offered as either a full or half serve. I have high expectations as the bakery is impressive, but my scone tastes more like a sweet dinner roll. Not even the dusting of icing sugar can mask the taste of an inferior scone. There’s just enough jam and cream for the one scone, and I wonder whether you get more with the full serve? The rich raspberry jam is superb and goes excellently with the double thick cream. Be sure to have a wander around the village to appreciate a couple of hundred years of history.
Tea: A small range of Art of Tea loose-leaf tea served in a small pot.
Overall: A gorgeous heritage building in a gorgeous heritage heavy town.
Location: 4 Russell St, Evandale TAS 7212 Ph: 03 6391 8682 evandaletasmania.com
Reviewed November, 2017