Friday, 26 June 2015

No white cliffs but this Dover does have a very nice little café

Dover is one of Tasmania's hidden gems. Named after the much larger town of the same name in Kent, England, this hamlet of around 1000 people makes a delightful day trip or weekend destination for anyone staying in Hobart. 



Dover is the southernmost town of any size in Australia, around 85 kilometres (or a one-hour drive) south of Hobart and located on the shores of Port Esperance. It is one of over 40 places with the same name dotted around the globe.

A pretty, sleepy fishing village with several beaches and a country ambiance, it is great strolling town on the road to the Hastings Caves and Ida Bay Railway and a good side trip from a visit to Hartz Mountains National Park. 



It overlooks the small islands of Faith, Hope and Charity and is surrounded by apple and cherry orchards and bucolic cow meadows on land, and salmon fishing farms on the water.

With such great local produce available, it should come as no surprise that Dover is home to one of the best country eateries is Tasmania. 



It may be unprepossessing from the outside but Post Office 6985 in, you guessed it, a former post office, is a lovely spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner. 

There's a warming log fire for winter days, and a comfortable lounge area with magazines for those who really want to kick back. 



Lunch choices include the likes of seriously good spicy chicken wings with cheese sauce; black turtle bean nachos; salt and pepper squid; a couple of variations on the lasagne theme; a local seafood selection along with steaks, burgers and a formidable array of sweet treats. The rhubarb crumble is outstanding. 

Both the wings and the vegetarian lasagne, served with a crisp salad, were tasty and filling - and we thoroughly enjoyed a glass each of the Wombat Springs 2012 Pinot Noir from just up the road in Franklin. 



At night, pizzas cooked in a splendid-looking French wood-fired oven are the drawcard, often featuring local seafood, while the wine selection features Tasmanian standouts like Jansz, Bay of Fires, Pirie and Coal Valley Vineyard, along with Elsewhere, another local label. Ciders are provided by Willie Smith's, Pagan and Franks, all from the local area.



Dover is a lovely spot made all the more attractive by having such a pleasant place to eat. 

Post Office 6985, 6985 Huon Highway, DoverTasmania. (03) 6298 1905. 

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