One way of exploring Tasmania is to use Hobart as a base. Quite a few attractions can be covered as a day trip from the city. There are some small towns to explore near Hobart. Richmond Village about 30 km from Hobart. Its two historic attractions are Australia’s oldest bridge (built in 1825) and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic church, St John’s. The town itself is a pretty place. We had lunch at Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond. It was a decision we did not lightly make as we only had the chance to have only one meal there. It turned out to be a good decision.
Here are pictures of the two landmarks Richmond is famous – Australia’s oldest bridge (above) and the Catholic church (below).
Like many small towns, the main activities are concentrated along a main street and a few side lanes branching out from it. We had a good look at the place in around two hours. After that, it was time for lunch. We did a survey of the lunch options along the main street and decided that the Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond was the most interesting.
Both the exterior and interior of Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond looks like an English cottage. It certainly felt warm and cosy. Remember that in Tasmania, August is winter. Service was also warm and friendly.
Czegs’ Cafe Menu
Here is a picture of the Czegs’ Cafe menu. A simple menu but adequate as it contained items which we were interested in having.
We tried a vegetarian dish, roast vegetable gnocchi (A$21). A simple dish of gnocchi with a variety of roasted vegetables cooked with garlic butter and topped wth pine nuts and cheese.
The Bacon Melt (A$18) was dish of Turkish bread topped with bacon, grilled cheddar cheese, avocado and other nice ingredients. It did not look very large but was a heavy dish. Probably enough for those with a big appetite.
The most attractive dish was the black truffle risotto (A$25). Like the other dish, this was a common dish but what made it stand out from the crowd was the details. So many different ingredients (mushroom, spinach, cheeses) were used such that each spoonful tasted somewhat different.
Lunch at Czegs’ Cafe capped our visit to Richmond. In addition to the historic sites, we were village atmosphere and easy layout of the place makes it a nice place to take a break from the city atmosphere of Hobart.
Atmosphere: 4 TOPs
46 Bridge Street
7025 Richmond, Tasmania