Lichen Restaurant & Cafe

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The view from the deck of Lichen Restaurant & Cafe is mesmerising, especially in glorious weather. The powder white sand beaches and sapphire seas shimmer as the scallop shaped coves extend north to the heart of the Bay of Fires. Some say Binalong Bay is the southern end of The Bay of Fires, but it depends on what you read or whom you talk to – I can’t get a straight answer. Whatever tag you want to give it, the northeastern coastal area of Tasmania is paradise, albeit a cooler one. Last year the cafe changed owners, and they have decided to keep the scone container filled. The light serving of just one creamy fresh scone is ideal if you are after an in-between snack. Usually I’m a massive fan of homemade jam, but this raspberry jam is super sweet and too much like commercial varieties. Call me old-fashioned but I like my cream plain: unsweetened and to taste like cream. Although we are told that this is very special cream, I’m not a fan. It’s super sweet and more like soft and creamy icing sugar. At 10am, this amount of sweetness is way too much for even this sugar addict, plus it’s not the kind of cream I like on my scones.

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Tea: A good enough selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: It’s the only cafe in town, and boy, what a view!

Location: Main Rd, Binalong Bay TAS 7216 Ph: 03 6376 8086 lichenrestaurant.com

Reviewed March, 2018

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Purple Possum Wholefoods & Cafe

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It’s on the unusual side to tuck into scones, jam and cream while surrounded by what is essentially a health food shop. At Purple Possum Wholefoods & Cafe you can have your scones and pick up some quinoa or coconut sugar from the self-service plastic bins on your way out. If you’re like my bloke and is put off by ‘whole food’ and ‘cafe’ used in the same sentence, then don’t be, this is no vegan hippie hangout, but rather a cafe serving simple healthy food. The garden grows many of the herbs and vegetables used in the cooking, and there’s also a mini gallery indoors amongst the buckets of psyllium husks and raw cacao. Choose from date or ‘Devon’ scones. I go with the plain ‘Devon’ scones, which are smooth and creamy and paired well with the fruit rich and tart raspberry jam. The cream is on the light side: fresh but whipped and dispensed from a cream canister. I like the personalised Purple Possum trivet for the teapot, it’s cute!

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Tea: A handful of black and herbal loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A quirky cafe-come-health-food-store in a sleepy village.

Location: 5 Story St, St Marys TAS 7215 Ph: 03 6372 2655 purplepossum.com.au

Reviewed March, 2018

Glebe Cafe

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As a city, Launceston in northern Tasmania is mellow. So it’s no surprise that Glebe Gardens on the northeastern edge of the city centre follows suit. The garden centre and Glebe Cafe embodies that same chilled out vibe, and it doesn’t take long for a big city dweller like me to surrender to it. Sitting beneath the shady branches of what is a large cluster of well-established Tassie trees, I wonder whether they have been strategically planted or placed to create this ‘mini forest’. A wander through the ‘forest’ may only take 30 seconds or so, but the impact of it being there in this very manmade space is crazy. The cafe is a simple affair, serving up pre-prepared items such as sandwiches and pies, and of course scones. Fresh and delicate, it’s unfortunate the scones aren’t served up with the homemade jam that’s sold in the cafe. The commercial raspberry jam is much better than most, but with a little help from the thickly whipped cream, all can be forgotten. It’s a small garden centre but the gift shop is as big as those on the mainland!

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Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A basic cafe in a small mellow garden centre.

Location: Glebe Gardens, 166 Henry St, Launceston TAS 7250 Ph: 03 6334 5335 glebegardenslaunceston.com.au

Reviewed March, 2018