A recent visit to Olive’s Cottage, in early spring, meant bulbs in the garden.
And new season’s ingredients, and the freshest of produce from lush pastures.
But it also meant some variable weather – from brilliant blue skies to grey ones – though not bad enough to stop us repeating some of our favourite experiences, or stop us trying some new ones.
For the first time, we had lunch at the Launceston TAFE, at their restaurant called Drysdale. The food and service was all in the hands of the students. And while mainly middle-of-the-road variety, some dishes would be presentable at a fine restaurant. It seems the TAFE also has the ability to attract world quality chefs for special dinners for those lucky enough to book early.
Geronimo continues to be our favourite dining experience in Launceston, and one of our favourites anywhere. There are always new dishes of interest, or exceptional versions of standard ones, presented with both casualness and flair.
We brightened up the day of an ailing family member by taking them to the Conservatory at Sassafras for a glass of Tassie sparkling and some platters of local produce.
On another day, we journeyed to the mouth of the Tamar to see the lighthouse at Low Head.
We then returned to the pilot station for lunch at the Coxswain’s Cottage Cafe. With a view that stretches across the dramatically wide mouth of the river, it provided shelter from the cool air and a thoroughly enjoyable lunch of soup, quiche, coffee and cream sponge.