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