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“Most expensive and uninspiring pie ever”
Review of Companion Bakery - CLOSED

Companion Bakery
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Soups
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
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.
Reviewed March 17, 2014

My husband and I stopped here for lunch while driving from Hobart to Launceston. Given that they use the flour from the local mill we were keen to try something baked so decided to have their beef pie. At $7.60 per pie the price was at the top limit of what I would consider reasonable for a gourment pie but they the pastry looked obviously handcrafted so we figured it would be worthwhile. We paid $15.40 for the 'dine in' option which meant we were served the pie with a salad and relish. You can imagine our disappointment when having paid over $30 for 2 'beef pie' meals we cut open our pies to find grey mince with a few chunks of carrot. They lacked any seasoning - no onion, salt or pepper appeared to have been added during the cooking process. Even with the addition of the whole serve of relish plus more salt and pepper the filling of this pie it was still bland. We have had better tasting Mrs Mac's pies from servos for only a few dollars. The only reason I haven't rated it terrible was because the salad was quite flavoursome and the pastry was nicely cooked, but that still doesn't make up for the complete lack of taste for something sold as a gourmet item. Spare your tastebuds and wallet - dine elsewhere or avoid the pies!

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GrahamPrichard, Owner at Companion Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

It is extremly unusual for us to get a poor comment about food. Is this a first? I asked our chef about the style of pie she was making at that time; it appears that some customers were requesting a plain mince-style pie. That style of pie obviously does not suit everyone and since then Chef has gone back to the traditional gourmet recipe, with chunks of beef rather than mince.

Thank you for the nice comments about our pastry, which is hand made from Callington Mill flour. We do our best to please and enjoy hearing customer feedback, which is even more valuable when given directly to the manager of chef during or after your meal. It is good to have the chance to fix any issues and improve your experience.

Thank you. Graham

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We actually wanted to have lunch at the pub attached to the bakery but it wasn't opened. We decided to have lunch at the bakery as we could order a glass of wine. I had the scollop pie with chips and salad which was around $16. Not huge meals but fine for lunch. Good service but I did feel like we were intruders to the town while at the bakery. I think this the community is so small so they would know we were not locals.

Thank RachelChar
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Really enjoyed the pie with vegetables on the side and the coffee was lovely.

For me though the pie was the star, and next time I'll do takeaway.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had an excellent pie and the service was warm and welcoming. The facilities where very clean as well.

Thank Kerri M
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Had a look around the flour mill in Oatlands and then we were wanting to sample something which used the mill's flour. Companion Bakery's bread and related things were absolutely delicious. The kids had an enormous sausage roll and pastie for lunch and the pastry for both was scrumptious. I had the soup and sourdough which was equally delicious, equal to any Sydney or Melbourne may offer. And the cakes are irresistible! Good coffee too. Highly recommended.

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