LAUNCESTON’S EXCEPTIONAL DINING SCENE…
Launceston in Northern Tasmania is one of Australia’s food capitals. Sitting like an ampitheatre at the base of the Tamar River, ‘Launnie’ marks the entrance to the Tamar Valley; the soils of which produce some of the world’s finest fresh produce (including cold climate wines and dairy products).
Here, restaurants like multi-award winning Black Cow Bistro, Cataract on Paterson, Terrace Restaurant at the Country Club, Geronimo and exceptional newcomers Henry’s Bar & Restaurant and The Clarendon Arms all lead the way in preparing superb local produce to a world-class standard.
Then there’s our favourite local providor, the Trevallyn Grocer , where you can grab a bottle of divine local wine, a bunch of vegies and amazing meat – all grown just a hop, skip and a jump away- and create something magnificent yourself. Oh, and don’t forget the cheese!
Exceptional food and service provided by a passionate group of locals (by birth as well as choice) has really contributed in making this town such a great place to live and visit… and so we say a huge ‘here’s cheers’ to each and every Gourmet Gold Ticket Venue Team!
Housed in an historic Art-Deco building which had been home to Luck’s Butchery for decades, Black Cow was born from the same genius team who created Stillwater. With a private dining room for 12, as well as an elegant public space, this gem is as adored by visiting national and international food ‘celebrities’ as it is by our locals.
70 George St (cnr of George and Paterson) Launceston, TAS, 7250
PHONE +61 3 6331 9333
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 5.30pm – late.
From day one, there was an unmistakable buzz surrounding Cataract on Paterson. With fab food, an exuberant team and an attitude focused on the entire customer experience, it’s no suprise that ‘Cataract’ quickly made a mark.
One of those places locals are always excited about visiting, and visitors are thrilled to discover, here’s a venue that offers something for everyone.
With an extensive menu, all tastes and preferences are catered for, but regulars swear by the Cataract ‘stonegrill’. Here a 400ºC slab of natural volcanic stone is set on the dining table, enabling guests to sear their own steak and seafood. It’s an unrivaled way to experience Cataract’s exceptional beef and lamb; all sourced from the richest pastures of the North, Northwest and Southern Midlands of Tasmania. The meat is immediately sealed, retaining juices and enhancing tenderness and flavour.
Then there’s those desserts … definitely the ‘most talked about’ in town!
135 Paterson Street,
Launceston TAS 7250
PHONE: +61 3 6331 4446
Monday-Sunday 5pm — late
The very chic Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant was lauded by Gourmet Traveller magazine upon opening in late 2015, for their fresh take on European food . Locals rejoiced as this warm, design-driven space also filled a gap in Launceston, offering a truly contemporary, world-class cocktail bar.
Choose from sharing plates, or order your own, either way you’ll love the zest and creativity that permeates every dish.
The kitchen at Geronimo cooks until LATE (which we Launcestonian’s know is something of a rarity!) and we adore that lunch starts at 10.30am, meaning just about the best brunch in town is on offer.
186 Charles St Launceston TAS 7250
PHONE: 03 6331 3652
Mon- Thurs: 5pm til late Fri & Sat: 10.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm til late Sunday: 10.30am – 6pm
For an evening of contemporary fine dining, Terrace Restaurant at the Country Club Casino is one of Tasmania’s top choices. There’s always a sense of occasion here, with immaculate, creative, yet classic dishes- and service that makes every single diner feel special.
Particularly memorable is the Terrace’s custom-designed 2400-bottle Tasmanian blackwood wine room, where all guests have the opportunity to select their own bottle, or just simply peruse for a while.
With a dedication to Tasmanian produce, for three years running Terrace Restaurant was judged as having created the best fine dining dish in the state by the Tasmanian Tourism Council. The restaurant has also been a regular winner in the Australian Hotel Restaurant and Caterers Association awards.
Country Club Avenue
Launceston TAS 7250
PHONE: 1800 635 344
Monday to Saturday 6pm – late
Gloriously housed in the former space of Launceston’s iconic Northern Club, Henry’s Bar & Restaurant has encapsulated EXACTLY what people want from their Northern Tassie experience. Heritage; check, Atmosphere; check, Fine fine wines (and spirits); check. Oh- and delectable local produce served with contemporary finesse? You bet!
Here at Henry’s, it’s all about discovery and enjoyment. The entire menu is centred on tasting and sharing plates. From a night of nibbles, to a long evening of utter indulgence, you’ll love everything about your time spent in this stylish, warm space.
61 Cameron St Launceston, TAS 7250
PHONE: 03 6334 7757
Bar: Tuesday to Saturday 4pm – late Restaurant: Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm-late. Lunch Friday 12pm.
The Clarendon Arms has occupied the centre of Evandale for well over a century, but it’s latest incarnation under the stewardship of Lydia Netttlefold (of Red Feather Inn fame) has brought new culinary life to this beautiful historic village. Reminiscent of an English gastro-pub, the Clarendon Arms is still quintessentially Tasmanian in style and on the plate.
Very much a family pub, The Arms offers plenty of options. Grab a spot in one of the smaller dining rooms if you’re after some privacy, or on a clear day, relax in the beer garden. It’s one of those places that can inspire a longing for the country life…but then again, with The Clarendon Arms sharing it’s open fire and serving such gorgeous fare just 15 minutes from the city, why would you need to move?
Want to know where else to grab a great bite???
So, you’re visiting Launceston and want to know where the locals go? Well aside from checking out the six magnificent Gourmet Gold Ticket restaurants (they’re all unmissable…), you MUST check the terrific Heads Up Food Guide to Launceston ; without a doubt, the most comprehensive eating out guide for the region!
Not only can you search for your favourite food style but in a small-ish town, listings like the ‘All Day Cafes’ and ‘Out of Town Pubs’ are a god-send. Then there’s the Food Lover’s Diary section, where you can find all the upcoming food, wine and beer events in Launceston and around Northern Tasmania.