Okay, so you’ve spent the day on the Blue Derby Trails, and now you could eat for Australia. But don’t worry—those pulverised sangers in the bottom of your pack are not your only lunch option. There are heaps of great places to eat around Derby, Weldborough, St Helens, and on Tasmania’s east coast to help kill those hunger pangs.
We’ve done the research (tough, but someone has to) and found some of the best places to feed your face after a day on the trails…
Chill out in Weldborough
Very conveniently, the Blue Tier Trail ends at the doorstep of the awesome pub - Weldborough Hotel. Great, country-style lunches and snacks, icy cold Tasmanian beers and ciders…what’s not to love? While you're on your way there, swing by the Winnaleah Hotel. They also serve up stella pub style meals.
The Blue Teir: Image - Eskapee
Check out the Painted Art Café, right in the heart of Derby, for yummy homemade food and super-friendly staff, stop in at the Crank It Café for snacks, coffee and a post-ride beer or the General Store for a pre-ride 'grab and go' take-away delight. And keep your eyes peeled for The Hub, which is due to open early 2017 and will be serving up hot pizza and cold beer on Derby’s main street.
Derby Tasmania: Image - Flow Nation
Fill up, farm style.
Check out the excellent Pyengana Dairy Company (about 20 minutes from St Helens and Weldborough), and fill up on delish breakfasts, lunches, milkshakes, and desserts in the Holy Cow Café. While you’re there, watch the guru cheesemakers in action, stock up on produce and pressies in the shop and grab some award-winning cheese to take home (incredible cheddar—just sayin’…). And stop in at the St Columba Hotel (the Pub in the Paddock) in Pyengana for home-style pub meals (and a chance to meet the resident pig, Priscilla!).
Pyengana cheese: Image - The Hungry Australian
Stuff yourself in St Helens
St Helens is the place to go if you’re after an armful of the best ever crispy fish and chips, or fresh Tasmanian seafood (who isn’t?). Check out the fish punt and waterfront restaurants here—try Skippers Floating Eatery and Salty Seas for starters.
While we’re at it, St Helens has enough cafes, bakeries, takeaways, pubs and restaurants to fill your belly ten times over. Our faves include fast and delicious takeaway coffee from Café Away on the main drag, breakfast at the Lifebuoy Café and Quail St Emporium, and yummy meals of fresh local produce at Mohr and Smith. And, if you’re hungry for a bistro meal, try the Bayside Inn and Tidal Waters.
St Helens Seafood: Image - East Coast Tourism
Check out the east coast vineyards
If you can tack on a bit of extra time before or after the Trails, make sure you get along to at least one east coast winery. Most have cellar doors where you can try local wines, often with a yummy plate of Tassie food to go with it. Start at Priory Ridge Wines in St Helens and work your way along the coast from there! If beer is more your thing, check out the IronHouse Brewery craft beers at White Sands Resort. There’s a great restaurant here too, so factor in enough time to pair those icy cold beers with some awesome Tasmanian food.
East coast Tasmania wineries: Image - East Coast Tasmania
Sounds good, right? And that’s just a little taste to get you started. Tasmania is well known for its great food, so don’t miss your chance to chow down while you’re here. Take a drive, stop along the away when you get hungry, and tasty things will come your way.