There are some great Restaurants & Cafes in Launceston and around Northern Tasmania – If you are looking for a bite to eat, you won’t need to go far. Below is a list – as recommended by others.
Their food is fresh, grown locally by passionate producers who rely on the attributes of Tasmania’s natural environment. They know grass fed, antibiotic free, natural, happy animals make better meat….even if they aren’t ‘super sized’. Tasmanian water is clean, sourced from Cape Grim on Tasmania’s North West Coast, home of the cleanest air on the planet. Stillwater’s wines flow from around the State but being located in the Tamar Valley means Stillwater is a cornerstone for the local vignerons hosting a list that showcases the highly respected local tipples.
Geronimo: a fresh take on European tradition. Providing a relaxed and contemporary food and beverage experience based on quality and design. This little restaurant is located in Charles Street Launceston, and delivers amazing food time and time again. And we will let you in on a secret . . . have dessert here, just do it.
The Black Cow Bistro, is an ‘up market’ steak house located in the historic Art Deco Luck’s butchery shop in Launceston, Tasmania.
Black Cow showcases premium dry aged, free range, grass fed, artificial hormone free Tasmanian beef. Dishes are designed around fresh local produce and served in a warm bistro style atmosphere alongside Tasmanian wines with some full‑bodied reds thrown in for good measure.
The Black Cow branding is inspired by the amazing ancient artworks in the Lascaux Caves in France which carbon dating indicates are more than 17,000 years old.
The name is a tribute to the Bos genus, which has been historically important to many cultures. For centuries the cow has been seen and worshipped as a symbol of contentedness, fecundity, the passive yet creative and generative powers of nature, patience, nourishment, abundance, fertility and equifinality.
Novaro’s restaurant is the sort of place you want to return to, again and again, for the food, the buzz and the fabulous wine. The restaurant is something of a Launceston institution and it is housed in an Edwardian home in the city’s CBD. The menu is distinctly Italian and the wine list offers a wide range of Tasmanian varietals.
Whether its a three course meal, glass of Tasmanian wine, a quick cafe meal or takeaway home-made raspberry ice-cream, the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe’s qualified chefs use the freshest local ingredients and stands by its tag line ‘the way life should taste’. In winter, sit by the fire overlooking the beautiful lakeside setting or sit in the garden room which opens up in summer to encourage alfresco dining. The Farm Shop offers free tastings with a compulsory free chocolate-coated raspberry which comes with a warning that you will be addicted, definitely the cafe’s signature dish. Fresh raspberries during the season and frozen raspberries in winter are sold along with a pantry full of products made from raspberries. You are welcome to stroll around the lakeside information walk overlooking birdlife and the commercial raspberry farm. A wonderful children’s play area and children’s competitions all year keeps everyone happy.
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café and Winery is located at Relbia, Northern Tasmania.
Josef Chromy Wines’ 61-hectare (150 acre) vineyard produces a number of varieties of highly sought-after grapes. Wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. A vintage sparkling and Botrytis Riesling round out the range, and everything is estate-grown.
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café, located in the estate’s original homestead, is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Warm yourself by the open log fire and take in the views over the vineyard, winery and lake. Here, you can taste fine cool climate wines and sample fresh Tasmanian produce. Enjoy a light lunch or gourmet snack, taste rich Tasmanian cheeses or buy a fresh hamper from the delicatessen and dine alfresco in the grounds.
One of Launceston’s most loved cafes, Fresh opened in 1999 as a five-table, two-person enterprise, and now encompasses a café, restaurant, sundeck, bar and boutique accommodation. Built on a foundation of locally sourced, organic ingredients, Fresh provides healthy vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw food. With its retro feel and beautiful location opposite Princes Square, Fresh provides an unbeatable blend of quality food and ambience.
Hubert & Dan cafe offers Ritual coffee and home-made cakes, biscuits, slices and desserts available all day. Their food is modern Australian with a French influence, sources from local produce deliver farm gate to plate.
Ensure that you book well in advance for their unique Thursday night dinners. They feature a dynamic menu which changes from week to week!
The Red Feather Inn is a collection of notable buildings located in Hadspen near Launceston. Famed colonial Georgian architect John Sprunt built the Inn with convict labour circa 1842. First licensed in 1844, it was one of Van Diemen’s Land first coaching Inns.
Proprietor Lydia Nettlefold has reinvented the Red Feather Inn in her vision of Georgian dancing, with French provincial. This combined with the ultimate in modern comforts creates a unique atmosphere in this endemic Tasmanian heritage treasure, now the perfect luxury retreat for intimate getaways or very special gatherings.
Completed in autumn 2008, each suite is beautifully appointed overlooking the secluded garden. All feature superior quality beds, state of the art free-standing baths with endless hot water, gas log heating and more. Curl up in our sitting room with a book or meet new friends over breakfast in the dining room. The premises are fully licensed and there is ample off-street parking.
Cataract on Paterson brings a unique and modern dining experience to Launceston’s city fringe. The menu focuses on fresh Tasmanian produce, featuring high quality grass-fed beef from Great Southern Pinnacle. We recommend the ultimate interactive dining experience; the Stonegrill where your steak is cooked to your liking by you, on a 400-degree volcanic stone on the table.
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