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Thursday 21 June 2018

Dine in style at Launceston's newest luxury hotel

Launceston, Tasmania’s second city and the gateway to the Tamar Valley, has a new five-star hotel and top-notch eatery with the opening of the Peppers Silo Hotel and the Grain of the Silos restaurant overlooking the water in Invermay.

Opened in early June, the Grain of the Silos Restaurant, which boasts celebrity chef Massimo Mele as consultant, delivers on a promise of paddock-to-plate eating.

The menu comprises foods from local farmers delivering world-class produce, including Tasmanian beef and lamb, along with fresh seafood.

Head chef Peter Twitchett lists all his producers on the back of the restaurant menu and says he particularly enjoys Robbins Island beef, wasabi, black truffles, hazelnuts and the humble Tasmanian potatoes.

Mele and Twitchett have crafted a modern Australian menu featuring appetisers like pulled pork croquettes, local oysters in mignonette dressing and raw salmon, wasabi leaf, spring onion, ginger.

Starters include a sensational warm quail salad with fennel (above), currants, pine nuts and almonds, and a chicken liver pâté with rhubarb compote and crusty bread, while standout mains were a 200-gram Cape Grim eye fillet served with three different sauces (below) and perfectly-cooked chips; and fresh flathead fillets served with ash and artichoke mash.

Desserts include a caramelised apple tarte tatin with walnut ice cream and a selection of cheeses from Tasmanian producers Pyengana, Grandvewe and Coal River Farm.

The wine list put together by local wine educator Curley Haslam-Coates features names like Winter Brook, Sinapius and Moores Hill, along with some intriguing interstate and imported options.

It’s also well worth staying overnight in the hotel, particularly if you can snare a room overlooking the Tamar River.

Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago.

The redeveloped site is now a 10-level hotel featuring 108 guest rooms, including 52 inside the barrels of the former silos, undercover car parking, conference facilities and an integrated lobby and reception space.

Amenities on-site include a gym, day spa, child-minding facilities, hairdressing salon, function centre and private dining rooms.

The staff are friendly and helpful, and Peppers Silo has also worked closely with Guide Dogs Tasmania to employ a canine ambassador called Archie, a black Labrador who resides at the hotel and helps the concierge with daily tasks such as greeting guests and delivering the morning newspapers.

Owner and developer Errol Stewart said Launceston needed new tourism projects and has a shortage of hotel rooms in summer.

Peppers Silo is located at 89-91 Lindsay Street, Invermay, Launceston. (03) 6700 0688.

# The writer was a guest of Peppers Silo


1 comment:

  1. This is a fun place with a two-faced appeal. The top floor of party venue is for all that sass and oomph. It was super packed, but we just wanted to check it out. Loved the solid selection of quality craft beers.