At the insistence of Antony Langdon and Rose Flynn from Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse, we made a slight detour en route to Port Arthur Lavender. With Christmas-party product-samples under our belt, we didn’t need much encouragement to visit the newly launched Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed on Blackman Bay Road in Dunalley.
Winning Formula: Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed
Otherwise, a drive to Dunalley takes just 45 minutes from Hobart and offers a variety of foodie-themed stopovers to enjoy. We’ll float more ideas in the future; a day-trip to Dunalley itself is not out of the question.
Blackman Bay Road is barely even a detour from the main road to Port Arthur Convict Settmenent. Arthur Highway runs straight past a well-signposted turn-off to Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed, only a minute’s drive from the famed bridge over the Denison Canal in Dunalley. The main attraction is but a short distance from the turn-off, with parking for a multitude of cars and tourism vehicles.
Come One, Come All: To Dunalley
We mention the parking situation because we have no doubt Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed will become a steadfast favourite on the Tasman Peninsula tourism route. It will also be a foodie destination in its own right. Business has clearly kept the owners scrambling in the weeks since opening. Tom Gray, Bangor’s resident oyster farmer, asked if we were enjoying a Sunday drive. Then he paused, and asked quite seriously… “it is Sunday, isn’t it? I’ve been so busy, I’ve lost track of the days!”
We assured Tom it was indeed a Sunday; we also assured him we’d be returning on many more occasions. We selected a half-dozen fresh oysters, served with a trio of Thai Lime, Soy & Ginger and Mignonette dressings. Next time we’ll ramp up the intake to a tasting-plate dozen, with a mixture of grilled and natural.
What would oysters be without a glass of wine on the side? We declined the offer of a tasting session, and just went straight for the Pinot Gris this time around. Other varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Cider… all of which we’ll sample (in moderation!) during future visits.
Food and Wine with Water Views
As you’d expect with a new tourism venture, the spacious restaurant was sparkling. We were greeted warmly by staff, which is always promising. And the views over Blackman Bay were pretty special… they too warrant a lingering dalliance.
A small light-lunch menu and providore section caters for various tastes. Families will be pleased to see outdoor tables and a huge, fenced lawn area. It’s the perfect place for kids to run and play, while mum and dad relax and take in the views. And the oysters.
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