By guest blogger John Stephenson
Short and Stout is a great addition to the southern township of Snug, about 25 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart. It’s a small, modern cafe that could easily become our new family favourite. It has a friendly, family run feel. Tables inside and out. Not too posh and very reasonably priced. Perfect for a stop along the way during a Sunday drive “down the Channel” as we say. The Girl who’s new to #countrylife will need to learn some southern talk now she’s crossed Creek Road.
The Stephenson’s love a good brunch and that’s exactly what we got. I’m personally a sucker for a cooked breakfast and the “Short and Stout Buildable Breky” hit the spot. I “built” scrambled eggs, avocado, maple bacon and the house onion jam, all with toasted sourdough. If I hadn’t dined with The Two Girls the night before, I would have added a few more options from the suggested list. It all sounded yummy. The use of Tasmanian free range eggs and taking the time to cook everything to order was appreciated. Colour me satisfied.
Minnie Me chose the Canadian Breakfast sans eggs. Apparently you can teach your kids nearly anything other than a love of Tassie eggs. The pancakes were fluffy as advertised and disappeared at a rate of knots, along with the bacon, although I did score a quick taste which was great.
The Boss had the omelette with chorizo, house baked beans and avocado on focaccia bread. All good and the beans were especially tasty.
The rest of the menu sounds good and showcases Tassie produce. Tea smoked Tasmanian Salmon, chilli lime squid and the “Snug as a bug in a rug” share plate (Tas Camembert and blue cheese, confit garlic, quince paste, olives, marinated eggplant, salami, prosciutto, figs and walnuts) just to name a few. Not overly ambitious, but plenty of choice. We will need several visits just to get a handle on it all.
The real star of the house is the tea. I hadn’t got that from the name, but I’m a bit slow on a Sunday morning. For tea lovers, this place is going to take some beating. You kinda get the idea that tea means something special to these people as you enter. You spy the tea pots behind the counter, and then the ones on the walls and then the impressive collection displayed at the rear. When you discover that they are not (all) entirely decorative and you can actually have your tea served in one, well that floored my two tea addicted companions. The hardest decision was which one to pick. Minnie Me finally settled on the panda, The Boss had the dalmatian and I was unceremoniously allocated the champagne bottle, for reasons beyond my comprehension. (I show them facing away because I took that shot when we had finished, not before.) About a third of the collection is on display, the other two thirds are still in storage. They’re going to need a bigger cafe!
There’s a whole menu just for tea. Double sided and all. The Art of Tea. We tried the Tasmanian Black, Chocolate Tea and Forest Fruits. Given her stint in England, The Boss knows her tea and was not disappointed at all. I felt like an enabler having brought an addict along. Clumsy attempts at humour aside, the tea is worth the trip. My only niggle was that we should have selected a larger table to hold all the food and fancy tea pots. A good time was definitely had and we booked to return with the whole clan a week later.
(Small disclaimer, The Boss knows the owners through her work, but she didn’t write this, I did.)
About out guest blogger –
John Stephenson was born in the old Queen Alexander Maternity Hospital in Battery Point and takes great pride that his current work place is less than 100m away. Raised in Dodges Ferry and later Taroona, he now lives in Kingston with his wife and three children. John decided not to join the family photographic business (Beatties Studio) and pursued a career in IT, although he is now rebooting the studio into an online digital collection of Tasmania’s old historic photographs.
He likes movies, TV, bush walks and many other things. In his spare time he restores old photographs and writes on his blog, find it here.
Here’s the last time John blogged for Living Loving Hobart – 5 things I love about living in Kingston
Interested in #countrylife? – 5 things I love about #countrylife
Visiting Snug and looking for another adventure? – Snug Falls.