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Cygnet Tasmania – Three of my favourite things

11 September 2011 No Comment

Cygnet Tasmania - what to see and do
The town of Cygnet on the eastern side of the Huon River is famous now at least in part due to featuring in the ‘Gourmet Farmer’ TV show.

Throughout the year it holds events of all sorts including a folk festival, a winter solstice lantern parade, bi-monthly markets and much more besides.

At any time of the year though, you can walk down the main street of Cygnet and enjoy three of the things I like most about Cygnet.

In no particular order…

Number one is The Red Velvet Lounge. The Gourmet Farmer aside, Steven Cumper, the owner of the lounge, has done more than his fair share to put Cygnet on the map. RVL was Country Style’s restaurant of the year in 2010 and Steven now writes for the magazine on a regular basis.

What I like about RVL beyond the obvious quality of the food is the atmosphere. The place is unpretentious, cosy, interesting and just plain fun to take in. The walls are covered in all sorts of interesting bits of memorabilia and curios. RVL has many faces too; coffee shop by day with great coffee and huge biscuits at better than reasonable prices, restaurant and sneaky pizza shop by night.

Check out more information on their website: The Red Velvet Lounge or follow Steve on Twitter:  @stevencumper

Second is The Old Bank B&B. I must confess that Bruce and Jasmine, the proprietors, are friends of mine but that is not why I love The Old Bank. I love it because it is beautiful. I doubt there is a more tastefully and beautifully renovated building south of Hobart. Check out the pictures on the web site for a start. Sitting in the Orangery and having a coffee is just wonderful any time of year.

For more information, visit the Old Bank’s website or follow them on Twitter: @oldbankcygnet

The third place on this list is The Lotus Eaters cafe. It has a distinctive outdoor area readily accessible from the street and as such is a favourite for those like me with dogs. Inside it is smaller and more homely and the food is wonderful. Still fresh in my mind is the “Lovage Soup” I had there last summer. I don’t even know what “Lovage” is but the soup was to die for.

There’s a lot more to like about Cygnet. I suggest you stop by for some food and maybe stay a while.

David Moore lives and works in the Huon Valley. He runs a computer business, I Hate My PC and writes computer/tech stuff for a couple of online magazines but his real passion is comedy. Keep an eye out for him doing “stand up” somewhere near you soon!

Image: boobook48 via Flickr

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