After a few wonderful snow-filled days high up in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, we decided to go home the 'long way'. We braved the treacherous, muddy roads through Interlaken and arrived in Oatlands well and truly ready for a light lunch and some good coffee. Our previous pick for good coffee in Oatlands was the Casaveen Woolen Factory Cafe but we had been told that the Companion Bakery was better. This bakery is a partner to the restored Callington Mill and uses the flour milled across the road. Oatlands has become something of a wonderful little Georgian gem tourist haven and we have had few bad experiences here.
On arriving at the Bakery we were told that our order would be taken shortly. We made our selections and sat down. The order clearly wasn't going to be taken at our table so we went back to the counter and ordered. In due course the food arrived and it was, indeed, very good. The apple cinnamon puff is sheer delight. We had nearly finished our food and were still gasping for the much anticipated cup of coffee when we noticed the (one and only) serving attendant busily doing something quite unrelated to coffee. One of us went over to her and politely said that we were quite keen to get our coffee. She barely responded. Having finished whatever she was doing she then made the coffee and brought it to us. Her attitude had deteriorated from brusque and unhelpful to downright hostile although we were unsure what, if anything, had brought this on. The coffee was VERY VERY ORDINARY for which, these days, there is really no excuse.
We left, vowing to return to Casaveen as our lunch place of choice in Oatlands.
It was really quite an unpleasant experience.