Gourmet Food to Glorious Cafes
There are many places to eat in Richmond Tasmania, it’s a great place to have lunch or even a late breakfast. It’s popular with Hobart residents seeking some country-village ambience, and tourists’ seeking the best Tasmania has to offer.
Tucked away in a pleasant sunny courtyard is the Richmond Bakery. I have fond memories of this place from when I was a child, and it still puts a smile on my face and warms my belly today.
When you walk in the door, forget everything you have previously experienced about pies and try one of Richmond Bakery’s petite pastry parcels. These are packed full of rich, flavoursome meat. The traditional meat pie has chunky tender beef with rich, thick gravy. The sausage rolls are gigantic, juicy and moist with a subtle tomato flavour.
If you’re visiting Richmond from outside Tasmania, you must try the Curried Scallop Pie. These have a cult status in Tasmania, and of course the gourmet pie makers at The Richmond Bakery were never going to settle for ordinary. Bite into fresh pieces of locally-sourced scallops in a creamy curry sauce. This isn’t a fierce Indian-style curry, think of a more subtle sauce that accompanies the scallops and pastry without trying to take over.
Of course pies are not the only food on the menu. There are slices, tarts, biscuits and cakes. Freshly made and generously filled sandwiches. Order a coffee or tea and take a seat in the sun-filled courtyard. Or in a short walk, you can eat on the village green or on the riverbank looking over the bridge.
Address: 6/50 Bridge St (access via Edward St)
Phone: (03) 6260 2628
Situated in the heart of the village is Czegs. Walk inside to a farmhouse style café with warmth and rustic charm. On colder days you’ll be able to sit by the fire; you may not ever wish to leave!
Sit down to old fashioned breakfast dishes such as poached eggs with potato rosti, salmon or prawn salad or scones with cream. Or just go straight for the dessert menu, try the popular honeycomb and pumpkin slice, some Russian honey cake and a chocolate thick shake.
Address: 46 Bridge St
Phone: (03) 6260 2252
Ashmore on Bridge St
Further up the Hobart end of the village is Ashmore House. Situated in a cute old fashioned corner building, with a high ceiling, dark timber floorboards and rare silverware and plates on display you know that this Richmond café has a grand old fashioned feel that expects from such a village.
Serving up the best coffee in Richmond Tasmania, as well as gourmet breakfasts, cakes and lunches such as smoked salmon, Moroccan lamb salads, risotto, and steak sandwiches. A great place to catch up with friends over a meal!
Address: 34 Bridge St
Phone:(03) 6260 2238
Wicked Cheese Co.
One thing that most men and women, young and old can agree on is that cheese is a good thing! And when it’s done well, it’s a life-changing experience.
Wicked Cheese Co. produce their own cheeses locally and are kind enough to open their doors and let you taste their extensive range. Try the award-winning Triple Cream Brie, the whiskey or smoked cheddar or a fine blue.
Address: 1238 Richmond Rd
Phone: (03) 6260 2341
Coal Valley Farm
Travel isn’t just experienced through sight; it’s a sensory experience. Enjoy a well-rounded experience of what Richmond and the Coal River Valley has to offer at Coal Valley Farm. Fine chocolate and cheese is made on sight. Enjoy a tasting platter and a glass of locally produced wine.
This facility will impress even the worldliest of travellers. Situated on the side of a hill you can sit behind the large glass windows and enjoy the vast views across the valley. You’re also able to explore the farm and pick a container of strawberries to take with you.
Address: 634 Richmond Rd
Phone: 1300 455 196
Formerly known as Meadowbank Estate, Frogmore Creek is not only one of most prestigious restaurants in Richmond Tasmania, and also one of Tasmania’s most admired.
Drop in and perform a wine tasting, and end up staying for lunch in the restaurant. The menu showcases the best that Tasmania has to offer, in stunning contemporary dishes. Try the octopus, chorizo and spicy nduja tortellini, the Tasmanian Wallaby Roast, and finish with a clever Instagram-worthy dessert – ‘Two sunny side eggs of passionfruit and coconut, with runny mango yolk’.
On a sunny day there’s eating outside and after your meal you may wish to go for a stroll and admire the grounds and vineyard. Frogmore Creek have taken two of our favourites – wine and food, and delivered them in the most sumptuous way possible.
Read our more extensive guide on wineries in Richmond Tasmania, for more great winery restaurants and cellar door tasting.
Address: 699 Richmond Road
Phone: (03) 6248 5844
Sweets and Treats
If you tell someone you’re visiting Richmond, there’s a good chance they’ll recommend you visit Sweets and Treats or ‘the lolly shop’ as it’s sometimes referred to.
Sweets and Treats has retained the old-fashioned milk-bar feel which is rare to see nowadays. When you walk in the door it’s wall-to-ceiling jars of lollies and chocolates. Children will love this place but you will too – there are old nostalgic favourites such as rock and boiled lollies, English sweets and toffee apples. There are also ice creams, milk shakes and coffee, to ensure you get your sugar fix.
Address: 50 Bridge St
Phone: (03) 6260 2395
The Richmond Arms Hotel
This building is bound to steal your attention as you arrive in Bridge Street. A beautiful sandstone two story building with a public bar on the left, a restaurant on the right, and a small beer garden out the front, perfect for sunny days. This pub has been in operation since 1827, under the name of The Lennox Arms Hotel.
Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire in 1888. It was then rebuilt and named The Commercial Hotel, and then renamed The Richmond Arms Hotel in 1972.
The pub has recently changed ownership and undergone a change in menu, which has received significant praise. There has also been some restyling in the restaurant. The new owners have also introduced live music on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, making this a great place to unwind after a day on your feet.
Address: 42 Bridge St
Phone: (03) 6260 2109