Dining in and around Swansea
Swansea offers a variety of meal options, mostly within walking distance of the house. In the main street you will find Saltshaker Restaurant, a bistro style restaurant open for lunch and dinner most days, and its companion takeaway. It's hard to beat the view. Sadly the excellent Banc Restaurant is currently for sale, but we're hopeful someone will continue its fine work so stay tuned. At the northern end of town you will find the Barkmill Tavern and Bakery with a variety of excellent pub meal options, and great wood fired pizzas. For daytime eating, in between you will find a number of lunch venues and takeaway options. South of town is the splendid Piermont Restaurant - a 10 minute drive but worth it for fine dining.
Food further afield
In Bicheno you will find our favourite stops for gourmet grazing treats - Pasinis for their excellent providore section, and our lovely butcher Rob Breier for his outstanding smoked fish and meats and imported cheeses. Pasinis is also an excellent lunch and dinner spot if you're planning to wait for penguins!
If you're heading into Freycinet, plan a visit to Freycinet Marine Farm for fresh oysters, mussels and crayfish (in season). Off Dolphin Sands road at the top of the bay you'll also find Melshell Oysters for a mouthwatering farmgate, shuck your own, experience. Ask us for directions.
Vineyards and Cellar doors
North of Swansea, visit the cellar doors at Milton Vineyard and Spring Vale for two very different, but very good experiences. Look for the sign for Gala Wines as you travel through the tiny hamlet of Cranbrook - taste the wines and put together a Tassie Hamper from their gourmet fridge. Brown Brothers have a new cellar door with a postcard perfect view at the top of Great Oyster Bay - watch for the signs for Devil's Corner. Other wineries are open by appointment - check winetasmania.com.au for details.