Winter comes sooner to Australia’s southern states, so a toasty warm and cosy fire heated space is always a welcome. The Coffee Lounge, adjacent to Tasmanian Handcrafts on High, is filled with comfy lounges and coffee tables. There are a few tables on the footpath, and I think a small courtyard out the back, but it’s definitely more inviting inside. Located in a heritage building little can be done to the structure, so the owners have cleverly put up a huge picture on the front wall, so passersby can see what it looks like inside. The menu is reasonably priced attracting a steady flow of take away clientele. The scones, this time round, are the weakest link. Microwaved for far too long, with tough bottoms, I have the sneaky suspicion that they are frozen. On the other hand the rich raspberry jam and thickly whipped cream are spot on. While you wait, peruse the knitted winter woollies, jewellery, and handcrafted timber items such as clocks, cheeseboards, fruit bowls and furniture – conveniently located just through the door. Coeliacs are catered for with gluten free scones.
Tea: A better-than-usual variety of loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.
Overall: Lounge style cafe loaded with heritage.
Location: Tasmanian Handcrafts on High, 102-104 High St, Campbell Town TAS 7210
Ph: 03 6381 1673 tasmanianhandcrafts.com.au
Reviewed in May, 2017