Ing and I went on a lovely adventure to Sorell today. Sorell is a 20 minute drive from Hobart, on the Convict Trail.
The Sorell Fruit Farm is a Tasmanian owned orchard, where you can pick your own fruit, depending on the season. We were too lazy to pick fruit, we were just there for a nice spot of Devonshire tea, and a few pots of jam, mustard and relish from the little shop.
There is a cafe, of sorts, however the outside area is a lot more tranquil than the few tables pushed together inside.
The staff are friendly, in an odd way, and we were amused by their chatter, amongst themselves and with the customers. It wasn't particularly busy, but both staff members were in a bit of a flap. It is nice, when more than 10 people means busy, it just says "middle of nowhere", and I love that.
The cafe provides some light meals, like nachos with bean salsa, sour cream, cheese and guacamole ($12.90), or a chicken caesar tortilla wrap (14.90), but I don't get the feeling that is is a good idea to come specifically for a meal.
Devonshire tea is a specialty here, with fresh scones, house made jam, cream and a tea or coffee ($9 per person). There were also waffles on the specials menu, served with strawberries, ice cream and strawberry coulis.
The shop sells Tasmanian specialty foods. Fresh honeycomb from the Tarkine Wilderness, Tasmanian Sauce Company mustard and relishes, and their own brand of jams, marmalade and sauces. They will even organise postage for you, for orders up to 10kg.
The views are lovely, and the atmosphere serene. While the orchard is only open for visitors from October-May, I highly recommend popping in and having a wander around.
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