Devonport Magic

Landed and safe after a wonderful Qantas flight where, even in Premium Economy we were welcomed with one of Australia's finest sparkling wines, Croser. Somehow I knew the 15 hours were going to be a delightful breeze, which it was and we were treated just like we were first class!  A quick connection to Devonport, a small town snuggled into the North West Coast of Tasmania, with rustic charm, relaxed pace, beautiful coastline and some real hidden gems for food and wine enthusiasts.

The view from Drift

First, dinner last night out on the point at a new spot called Drift - casual with edgy, eclectic food and a great wine list from Tasmania and around the world.  A restaurant that would be equally at home on the beach in  chick Newport Beach or Florida, the warm charm is a welcome respite from a cool Tasmanain breeze.

The ocean trout at Drift

But my real find was down an unexpectedly deserted alley a block back from the street mall.  Called the Laneway, it's a cafe, wine bar, and gourmet store. The owners are young and full of excited energy and such a passion for the best coffee, food, charcuterie, all local Tasmanian wine, water, smoked salmon and produce.  It really is an oasis.

The only sign on the
alley to let you know'
you have arrived!
Elke Hortle with the Holm Oak

I enjoyed a glass of the Holm Oak, Pinot Gris.  Then some of that divine Turkish bread that I've so missed, a roquette salad with soft fresh ricotta and smoked salmon that tasted of the sea.

Alex McVeity and Rhys Taylor opened the cafe 7 months ago, both having worked many years from dishwasher to barista to front house manager for Alex, to chef (or cook, as he humbly puts it) for Rhys.  Originally from Tasmania, the pair had much time in Melbourne's culinary world, Australia's home culinary culture.

Sweet finishes


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