Back when Tasmania was known as Van Diemans Land, the Apple Isle was dissected into two counties. From 1804 until 1812, you could either be in the northern county of Cornwall or the southern county of Buckinghamshire, and the 42 parallel was used as the dividing line. The 42 parallel runs just north of the historic town of Ross, but you can read all about it in town. Part of Tasmania’s Convict Trail that runs north to south, Ross is a pleasant town to pull into for a wander. With a few cafes to choose from, Bakery31 is the only one offering scones on the day that I visit. Home to the famous Tasmanian Scallop Pie Company, Bakery31’s location in an old timber home with a cosy indoor cafe and plenty of outdoor seating is a good choice. The scones are nothing extraordinary, but good enough to create a decent spread. The strawberry jam is basic but the slightly sweet cream is thick and firm, and there’s plenty of it. The bakery sells Convict Jam that is prepared at the bakery. The jam served in the Devonshire Tea doesn’t taste like it should be winning awards, so I doubt it is the same stuff that they sell. Also for sale is Convict Coffee, handmade lollies called Devils Bites, Caramelised Balsamic dressings, honey from Tas Bees and Jasper Chocolates. So pretty much something for everyone if you are looking to buy gifts.
Tea: A few options of loose-leaf tea served in a small teapot.
Overall: A country bakery/cafe in a cute town.
Location: 31 Church St, Ross TAS 7209 Ph: 03 6381 5422 bakery31.com.au
Reviewed September 2019