The Railway Cafe

DT@Museum Cafe-Invernay#

A few kilometres from downtown Launceston, Invermay’s cluster of museums is impressive. From the car park there’s a choice of the Tramway Museum where you can take a ride on a tram, the Planetarium, plus the Queen Victoria Museum. It’s at the back of the Queen Victoria Museum that you’ll find the aptly named The Railway Cafe. The cavernous space has a renovated train carriage that’s decked out with a row of booth style tables. There are quite a few seats just in front of the cafe kitchen, plus some outside (if the weather is good), but I choose the little renovated train carriage. It’s not a particularly atmospheric renovation and the acoustics are lousy. You’ll feel it especially if surrounded by a family or two. The scone arrives with a spread of fairly standard strawberry jam and a squirt of dairy whip cream. The whole thing looks lousy and I’m not enticed to eat it. Add to it a mug of tea that I could easily have at home, without the noise. It’s a shame the quality isn’t better as the museum has a good vibe.

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Tea: A selection of teabags served in either a small or large cup.

Price: $$

Overall: A very ordinary spread but interesting museum.

Location: Queen Victoria Museum and Planetarium, 2 Invermay Rd, Invermay TAS 7248 Ph: 03 6323 3777 qvmag.tas.gov.au

Reviewed August 2018

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The Bridport Cafe

DT@Bridport Cafe-Bridport#3

Bridport on the top of Tassie is a pretty town and worthy of a diversion. If travelling between Launceston and The Bay of Fires, meander through the wineries in the Tamar Valley, and divert to Bridport to overlook Trent Water, a huge estuary that feeds into Bass Strait. It’s here that sleepy Bridport sits, attracting visitors for its laidback vibe. The Bridport Cafe is easy to spot. The gorgeous open-air dining area out the front makes the most of fine weather, and has views towards Trent Water. There’s a basketful of scones sitting on the counter, so there’s no way of missing out. Crisp and buttery, these scones are delicious! The raspberry jam doesn’t taste like it’s homemade but its thick, fruit-rich and good quality. There isn’t a lot in the thimble-sized dish but there’s no issue in getting a second one if you are heavy on the jam like I am. The cream is double thick making this a superb spread. I’m impressed with the tea cup and saucer; nice touch rather than a chunky coffee cup

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Tea: A good range of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot, plus a tiny pot of hot water on the side.

Price: $$

Overall: Definitely the best cafe in town.

Location: 97 Main St, Bridport TAS 7262 Ph: 03 6356 0057

Reviewed August 2018