Touring the wineries and staying in Launceston? You'll find a thriving restaurant scene. Here are some of our favourites:

Breakfast / Lunch

Blue Café Bar- just out of the CBD at Inveresk this busy little café is located next to the Queen Victoria Museum, a favourite spot for our kids. Great coffee and solid breakfast dishes make this a good place to start the day. At lunch, sweet corn fritters, duck salad and a delicious pork belly dish keep us coming back. The kids love the pizza and sweet potato chips.  The compact wine list features lots of delicious local drops

Mud Bar Restaurant- The food balances smart, modern Australian with lots of Asian accents. Friendly, attentive staff always try to keep the kids happy. The drinks list features lots of local drops. Located at the Seaport. 

Drinks

Saint John Craft Beer Bar- with an ever-changing line up of craft beers on tap and lots of other interesting drinks, this bar is deservedly popular. As a decided un-hipster myself, the number of carefully cultivated beards I see in here is always amusing. 133 St John St. 

Red Brick Road Ciderhouse- this sliver of a bar is a great place to experience funky ciders with lots of crunch and personality. Tassie wine and whisky is here too. 63a Brisbane St. 

Cinco Passiones- a new cocktail bar upstairs in Brisbane St. We haven’t been yet but we’ve heard good things. Go there and let us know what its like! Level 2 47a Brisbane St. 

Dinner

Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant- Drop in for a drink and a snack at the bar or settle in for something more substantial. I am still dreaming of the lamb ragu with gnocchi and pumpkin mash I had here months ago. Jeremy does a fabulous job on the floor and is a great supporter of local wines (you will find Moores Hill here!). 186 Charles St

Calabrisella- this is terrific trattoria-style dining, all the traditional Italian favourites are here. BYO is OK here so pick up a bottle from a local cellar door. 56 Wellington St. 

Takeaway / self catering

Davies Grand Central- you can stop here for petrol but that’s just the beginning. Owner Lynne Davies is a real foodie and it shows, you could happily cater for picnic lunch or stock your entire pantry from a huge range of Tasmanian products. The deli has a great range of fresh food for takeaway made by an in-house chef. There’s locally made artisan bread and sweet things too.  Another reason to love this place: they only stock Tasmanian wine, cider beer and there is an excellent selection. A great place to buy Tassie gifts to take home. And its open really late. 78-96 Wellington St.