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Friday, 26 November 2021

Pub grub that really hits the spot


 
Triabunna has been in focus recently with the opening of the magnificent Triabunna Barracks - luxury restored heritage accommodation just over an hour north-east  of Hobart.

Triabunna is a sleepy little fishing town with its own small fleet on the edge of sheltered Spring Bay that is the gateway and departure point to Maria Island National Park

It is a town rich in local history that offers a range of coastal holiday experiences.

It is also, surprisingly, home to a rustic country pub that could easily be called a "gastro pub". Someone in the kitchen here is extremely talented. 

There's a friendly country welcome, typical Tassie pub decor and a good list of Tasmanian wines from local producers including Freycinet Estate, Spring Vale and Milton.


There is a very good salt and pepper squid with garlic aoili ($12) and the the Scotch fillet ($32) comes medium-rare as ordered and is extremely tasty. 

It is when you step away from usual pub grub territory that you are really rewarded. 

Take the three pulled pork croquettes (above, $12). My wife, who has Dutch heritage, proclaims them as "just the right texture" - like her Mum used to make. 

The star dish of the night, however, is the spicy goat curry with rice and pappadums (below). 

It is sensuously spicy, seriously delicious and worth at least twice the $18 you pay. 


There are some other off-piste choices to explore next time: maybe chorizo and sweet potato arancini, karaage octopus with Japanese mayo and peppers, or ratatouille with harissa, brown rice and gremolata.

As a Michelin inspector would say "well worth a trip". 

Summer dinner hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 6pm-8pm and lunches are served Thursday-Saturday noon-2pm. 

Best to phone ahead, however. You are in the country. 

See https://springbayhotel.com.au(03) 6257 3115. 

Check out Triabunna Barracks here: https://www.gourmetontheroad.com/2021/11/how-1840s-ruins-were-transformed-into.html         


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