There’s nothing better than a weekend drive in the country. Here’s another reason to leave suburbia behind.
There’s a lovely addition to Geeveston and it’s called The Old Bank.
The building on the corner of 13 Church Street has a café lineage. The new owners of the The Old Bank have ensured the latest iteration is contemporary and competitive with the best cafes on offer in Tassie. The building, painted a chic grey, is decorated with filament lights, vintage photography and wallaby hides.
The Two Girls were immediately impressed by the design and a little surprised to find we were the only ones there when we arrived on Saturday at 1 pm. It wasn’t long until groups of locals, tourists, and bush walkers started piling in.
The counter is filled with cakes, baguettes, scones, biscuits and loafs of bread. Sweets are made in house and the bread is sourced from the Summer Kitchen, Ranelagh in the Huon.
The Chef, who told us he’s cooked ‘around the place’ has a lunch menu with some stylish Italian dishes – a chicken, mushroom and pea risotto with gruyere, herb and truffle pesto, $15.
We chose the hand rolled gnocchi, sage, roast pumpkin, pancetta, kale and pine nuts, $16, and the Huon Valley wood smoked salmon arancini, roast garlic aioli, apple, fennel, red cabbage and rocket salad with an apple balsamic vinaigrette, $15.
There’s also a soup of the day, $9, if you’re looking for something lighter, and a beef burger and chips, $15, if you’re looking for comfort food. There are a couple of blackboard specials. On our visit there was an adobo chicken burger. Adobo is a soy and vinegar dressing popular in the Philippines with its own Spanish heritage.
We also ate the dark chocolate, almond and red wind pear cake, $5.50 and the fig and apple crumble, $5.50.
We were as impressed with the food as we were with the interior design. Each plate was tasty, vibrant, well-portioned and excellent value. We still can’t get over the exceptionally reasonable prices for what was offered. The arancini balls were balanced in flavour and texture, beautifully cooked with a delightful crunch, the only tiny detraction, the apple had started to oxidise. This Girl felt the hardening of arteries by the end of the gnocchi with a little exuberant use of oil in its component parts.
The desserts were gorgeous. The chocolate cake had a pear, with an aniseed hint, and molten chocolate centre, and the fig and apple was encased in a delicate pastry and topped with a crumble with macadamias and almonds. The coffees weren’t bad either. Service was mostly reserved but Chef emerged at the end of our meal with a takeaway slice of zucchini and coconut cake with white chocolate ganache in honour of The Other Girl’s birthday we were celebrating.
As former logging industry town, Geeveston will increasingly rely on tourism for its economic viability. With nearby bush walks, the Tahune Airwalk, emerging art and craft shops, and the awesome sushi made by local Masaaki, it is making itself a destination town. The Old Bank is the perfect addition and perfectly timed. It is most certainly worth a drive to Geeveston, for a meal, or for the day.
They’re not licensed.
There’s an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy the fresh air and people watch.
They’re open for breakfast, 9.00 am – 12 noon and lunch 12 noon – 2.30 pm.
Call them on 03 6297 9922, you should probably book.