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“good food, shocking service” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Companion Bakery - CLOSED

Companion Bakery
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe, Australian, Soups
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Description: All of our food is made freshly in the bakery using locally grown flour ground at Callington Mill, located opposite the bakery. No pre-mixes or weird stuff. Graham the baker is usually available to show visitors around our wood-fired bakery. Please ask for a tour at the cafe counter. Companion Bakery was the only bakery finalist in this year's Delicious Produce Awards. Our sourdough has been celebrated by Gourmet Farmer and Poh's Kitchen. We make meat pies using local meats and our own recipe, not the premix goo used by other bakeries. Vegetarian options range from full meals to cakes, and vary from day to day depending on what is locally available. Please ask our chef Alison for her recommendation. Coffee? We aim to make the best in Tasmania, brewed from locally roasted Villino coffee beans. We love these beans because they are not over-roasted. If for some reason our barista gets it wrong, simply swap your brew for another.
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“good food, shocking service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

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.

  • Visited September 2011
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