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“Absolute Shocker of a Cafe”
Review of Callington Mill

Callington Mill
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Oatlands
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Oh dear.... oh dear me. What is going on with that cafe? We went there for lunch as a group of five last sunday and i wish I could think of something favourable to say about the experience. This is not a review about the tourist attraction that is the old restored mill, but really if the mill wants to provide a top notch service, perhaps they should have a think about who is running the cafe and what kind of image they would like to present as a whole to tourists. A couple of problems from Sunday:

1) the menu - boring, uninspired, short. More appropriate for a lunch in an aged care facility.
2) the service - soft drinks plonked in the middle of the table and not offered to anyone in particular, no glasses (or heaven forbid ice) offered either, dirty plates piling up on our table and the table next to us, prompting the table next to us to do a bit of self service and stacking their dirty food encrusted dishes on the only spare table in the restaurant, offering things like quiche on the menu and when you order quiche, you are told, no quiche, only pie... The wait staff seemed like very nice people, just obviously out of their depth. Its basic waitressing skills to never leave a table empty handed when there are dirty coffee cups and plates sitting in front of the customers.
the food - lukewarm soup, $4 for a side salad of somewhat brown lettuce leaves with slimy tomatoe. And the lasagne.... my friend was given his serve of lasagne, with the cavet, "if its not ok, let us know." so he tasted it, and it was revolting. The dish was taken back to the counter, only for the staff to say, "oh yes, we nuked it too long in the microwave" - well hello?!, why would you even bother bringing it to the table if you knew you'd stuffed it up? Were you just hoping that the poor person would lump it and suffer in silence?

Overall, it was a really overwhelmingly bad lunch experience. I feel really sorry for the staff for being so inadequate - they need to go to hospitality training. And who ever wrote the menu, maybe you need to eat out a bit more... find some inspiration from somewhere!

Tourism Tas and whoever is behind the Heritage Highway concept - this is a shocker and you should intervene.

On the plus side, the bread was nice.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

The Callington Mill at Oatlands was an excellent stopping place to see a bit of history, have a leg stretch and a lovely Devonshire tea when traveling between Hobart and Launceston. The tour was very informative and value for money. Our guide spilled the beans on the visit by Masterchef contestants in 2012 which was very interesting! The Mill was first built in 1837 and restored in 2010. It is the only working example of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Great atmosphere and friendly people. Highly recommended!

1  Thank Ippy47
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

This is a fantastic project. It is great to take a tour which starts at the top (you need to climb quite a few stairs) and the process is explained as you come down each floor. Good to hear how it was restored and the care which went in to doing this. There is a cafe which serves good food, much made on the premises and also a small gift area. Opposite the mill is the baker's where you can buy loaves of bread from the mill gound flour.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Went to Callington Mill many years ago and it was interesting then but to see the flour mill operating, how fantastic. There is a gorgeous, landscaped garden that is lovely to walk around and can be viewed from the mill for all its design glory. Kids loved the nearby playground.

1  Thank RestlessMum
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

The mill tour is not to be missed - we take bread and flour for granted these days - the tour gives an insight into the work involved in milling in days past. The mill has been restored by a millwright brought out from England. The miller makes flour but not in significant commercial quantity. Be prepared to climb the stairs!

1  Thank YolkandWhite
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