We ventured to Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe after our treetops adventure at Hollybank. Nothing unusual about grabbing a drink or a bite to eat after an outing with a group of friends. What was unusual however, was the combination of beers and pies… we weren’t at a footy match!
Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe: Open for Business
The first point I’d like to make is this: we arrived at about 4pm. Now it’s not unusual for Tasmanian business owners to close their doors at about that hour. And it soon became apparent that the staff at the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe had been preparing to leave for the day. But they welcomed us with open arms, and served us with a real smile (not the forced sort, when someone has had to grit their teeth).
Our large group managed to clean up the last of their available pies and cakes in a flurry. And they were good. The pies were hot and fresh and they gave us tomato sauce for free! And the cakes were cheap. Not in a nasty kind of way; but in a “pay a reasonable price for a decent product” kind of way.
Although we all thought it was a strange combination, the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe did the trick for us. The adults bought a few beers from the pub section and the kids were more than happy with their lot. In fact, if we’d arrived earlier, we would have racked up the pool table and played a few rounds as well.
Adding yet another string to their bow, the business also provides a budget option for accommodation in north east Tasmania. I can’t verify the quality of that part of the business, though. I’m only aware of the accommodation option, because I include a link to a relevant website in each article, offering extra information to readers. When I searched for a website for the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe, I couldn’t find one. But I did find a website listing the business for sale, showing the units.
The Home of the Painted Poles
The small township of Lilydale is known as “the Home of the Painted Poles”. Settled in the 1860’s, the town has a population of about 350, including potters, craftspeople and artists. Some of those artists have painted the power poles, hence the slogan. A naturally beautiful region, the main industries include agriculture and viticulture.
And as I mentioned earlier, it’s only five minutes from the Hollybank Forest Reserve, where you can fly through the treetops.
Lilydale Attractions & Reasons to Visit
You can visit two small waterfalls at the Lilydale Falls Reserve. A comfortable stroll from Lilydale Park will have you bushwalking in rainforest (or you can just enjoy a picnic with some of those Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe goodies!).
Mount Arthur is one of the state’s highest peaks, and provides a lovely scenic backdrop to the township of Lilydale. If you’re energetic, you can take the three-hour trek to the summit giving magnificent views over the valley. If you do that, you would have definitely earned yourself some Tasmanian gelati back at the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe!
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