Food & Wine
The Derwent Valley produces wonderful produce. A major exporter of cherries and producer of raspberries and much other.
A starting point are the roadside stalls in season. Fresh raspberries in Westerway or cherries in Glenora. And those that we produce and sell at the Hawthorn Lodge food stall.
Meadowbank produces award winning wines and just up the road from us. Tastings can be arranged and we do sell and stock the full range of Meadowbank wines. You can enjoy on our veranda or by the open fire.
Coming into New Norfolk wines can be tasted at Derwent Estate Wines and Stefano Lubiana which has a very good wine tasting set up and Osteria.
Across the river is the Two Metre Tall microbrewery with both cider and beer. They open on Friday and Saturday.
The Cascade Brewery is the oldest brewery in Australia and been in operation since 1824. The drive is 45 minutes.Established near the Hobart Rivulet to take advantage of the fresh water. The cool climate, locally grown hops and barley and a strong independence makes Cascade a highly successfulbrewery and a famous Tasmanian icon.The location has to be one of the best in the world for a brewery. The Cascade Brewery Visitor Centre includes a store, museum, function areas, yard and cafe.The two-hour Brewery Tour covers the brewery and runs several times a day. A shorter Heritage Tour lasts 60 minutes covers the area around the brewery, gardens and museum.We do stock Cascade beers if you have never tried.
The main town for dining is New Norfolk. Here you will find three pubs and a number of fast food joints. The best pub is the Bush Inn and famous as the oldest continually licensed pub in Australia. The deck has views over the Derwent River.
Locally the Gretna Green Hotel is a very much a local’s pub with a friendly welcoming atmosphere. Lunch is served every day except Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
The National Park Hotel next to Mt Field National Park offers reasonable food and another friendly pub and open from Wednesday to Saturday.
There are many cafes in New Norfolk. At Mt Field is the Waterfalls Café and on the way the Possum Café on the banks of the river in the village of Westerway.
We have two excellent cooking schools one run by Sally Wise and the other the Agrarian Kitchen. The Agrarian Kitchen is setting up a restaurant in New Norfolk which brings fine dining to New Norfolk. Both offer one day courses. They are popular so book ahead.
In Bothwell is the Nant Distillery where you can tour the distillery and learn all about making whisky in Tasmania.
Hobart offers much in the way for fine dining and is a 40 minute drive.