Cafe Squire is a morning place. The imposing 1886-built former parsonage for Methodist ministers is hard to miss when coming off the Spirit of Tasmania red-eye. The car park across the road fills up with bleary-eyed early risers arriving from the mainland, and soon after, those readying themselves for a day on Bass Strait. The timber building is a beauty, and the interior cosy with a couple of large but separate dining areas. There are tables on the wrap around verandah, handy if you have a pooch along for the ride. I don’t normally eat scones for breakfast, but I make an exception. The large lemonade scone tastes like it is fresh out of the freezer, and popped in to the microwave to thaw out. Although it’s a good size, there is nothing light and fluffy about it, but instead, it’s rather damp. There’s a choice of strawberry, raspberry and apricot jam. Apricot is my favourite and is rarely on offer so I jump at the chance, and it doesn’t disappoint! It’s fruit-rich and tart, perfect. Alongside the thickly whipped cream, the jam is the best part of this spread, and of course the rambling old house that the cafe inhabits.
Tea: A Vintage Tea silk tea bag in a large mug that’s not much more than three-quarters filled.
Overall: An attractive heritage building with a slightly over-priced menu.
Location: Ph: 0419 351 994 cafesquire.com
Reviewed September 2019