Ridgley is a small rural town, 13 kilometres south of Burnie, home to the picturesque Guide Falls, and popular trout fishing location of the Pet Dam. This pretty rural town is also en route to the rugged west coast, so if travelling this way then a stop off at the Ridgley Take-Away, Bakery and Café is a must.
Ridgley Take-Away, Bakery & Café
If travelling south from Burnie, the bakery is located on the right hand side as you enter the Ridgley township, right next door to the school.
Known locally as the bakery, owners Mick and Christine Barrass operate the family business, and their staff are all a credit to them. As you enter the door a warm country welcome will echo from behind the counter, regardless of who is working. The shop offers all the usual lines of a country milk bar, plus take-away food (or the option to dine in in the small café area) and grocery lines. Mick and Christine have strong ties to Ridgley, and are avid supporters of local sporting clubs. These guys are the epitome of country-hearted people; always smiling, offering support and a helping hand not only to locals, but to the many tourists who pass through.
Also a Fuel Stop
If travelling down west, Ridgley is a great stopping point for fuel. Mick and Christine are also independent sellers of United fuels. Very competitive prices (often cheaper than Burnie!!!) and full driveway services are offered, a rarity these days. Pull in to the bowsers and no sooner will you have stopped your car than a friendly staff member will appear to fill your tank and have a friendly chat.
Aroma of Home-made Pies
Three days per week, Ridgley local Debbie Dodd puts her culinary skills to the test in the bakery side of the business, producing all manner of mouth-watering cakes: biscuits, vanilla slice, jelly slice, lamingtons, jelly cakes, apple cakes (to name but a few), as well as large cakes of many varieties. One hears many locals ordering their birthday cakes to be made here, and having done this myself, I highly recommend them.
A specialty of the bakery are the home-made pies, pasties and sausage rolls. Never have I seen (or tasted!!!) so many varieties of home-made pies. You can select from the regular plain meat pie, egg & bacon, potato pie, curried scallop, curried chicken, pizza pie, steak and bacon, steak and mushroom, chunky meat pie and pepper steak… and when the meat is available they even make rabbit pies! The hard part is in deciding which variety you want, and all have very generous fillings.
Dine In: Table Service and Atmosphere
You can choose to dine at the café, whether it be for a snack, a delicious home cooked meal or a cappuccino to energise you. Table menus are available; if you’re a fussy eater like me, then you will find nothing is too much bother for these guys. They’ll go out of their way to fulfil your diet’s desires. Delicious home cooked meals are available, or you can choose to dine in on the extensive takeaway menu, or even pizza on some nights.
Pizza Nights at Ridgley
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are very popular here at the bakery. Known locally as pizza night, between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm, well-known local Kaz Salihovic (of Kazbah pizza fame, a very popular pizza shop he owned once in Burnie), cooks up a storm. All the usual pizza varieties are available, you can phone ahead with your orders or it’s only a short wait in a very friendly atmosphere if you pop in on your way past. People are known to travel from far and wide just for one of Kaz’s pizzas, famous for his generous toppings! Kaz, a migrant from Bosnia in 1967, brought with him his pizza making skills, and truly, one has never had pizza until they’ve had one of Kaz’s; definitely a mouth-watering experience.
Ridgley Take-Away, Bakery and Cafe is currently available for sale or lease if you’re looking for a small business opportunity. The business can be found at 914 Ridgley Highway, Ridgley in the north west coast region of Tasmania. Phone 6435 7273 for more information.
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