The Aussies say that the POMEs whinge but, reading some of these reviews, I would say that our antipodean cousins win on their reviews of the Companion Bakery! We enjoyed the place so much on our trip around Tasmania going North that we planned our journey to stop there for another great meal there going south.
The team could not have been more helpful in their preparation of the food, their advice on what to eat, and making a picnic lunch for us to enjoy on Cradle Mountain. The cafe atmosphere was great, being both warm and friendly. The 'ploughman's
Iunch', muffins, pies, fudge and cheesecake all got top marks. The coffee was excellent - all five cups!
There is now a toilets/ facilities for use on site - used and confirmed. But having travelled around Aus, including Tasmania, it's not the first cafe not to have facilities on site. Many beach cafes direct you to the public ones down the road/ in another building. And a stroll down the road makes for a good stretch to waken you up after a long drive.
And finally, the pricing point. Great value for money. It's not the cheapest, but definitely in line with similar establishments around Australia. Remember, you are not buying mass produced products, in low quality 'road side' establishment. These are fresh, artisan products made from finest ingredients. Places like the Companion Bakery are destination stops where people go for great food at a reasonable price to match the quality.
Overall, great job, well done! And for those reading this, do yourself a favor and make this a 'destination' stop on your trip around Tassie. You wouldn't be disappointed. I am just disappointed it's so far way otherwise I would come here for lunch regularly. My partner is somewhat happier - it means that I won't put on so many calories!