Tasmania is cold in winter time, there’s no denying that! But there’s often nothing finer than cosying up by an open fire with a superb red wine in hand. Our Holm Oak Cellar Door has a toasty fireplace that’s enjoyed by many visitors over winter time as they sit back and enjoy our range of wines.
As we sat by the fire one afternoon it got us thinking about other venues in Launceston that are ideal to visit on a lazy winter’s afternoon. So we decided to scout the city and its surrounds and bring you our favourite bars and restaurants that are equipped with a fireside retreat.
Here’s a few bars and restaurants with amazing fireplaces that are worth adding to your itinerary next time you’re in Launceston.
Just a short 20-minute drive north of Launceston, this hotel, bar and restaurant sits in one of the most scenic spots on the Tamar river and takes full advantage of the stunning water views that surround it. You can sit out in the newly renovated Beer Garden and Deck or cosy up by the open log fire in the Locals Bar. Stay for a night in one of the 26 modern hotel rooms or simply pop in for a relaxing meal or drink. The restaurant serves up modern Australian cuisine featuring fresh Tasmanian produce, including an array of seafood dishes or a tempting 12-hour slow cooked pork belly with crackling.
215 Roseveares Dr, Roseveares, TAS
Hallam’s Waterfront Restaurant
Established in 1996, this award-winning seafood restaurant is located in an elevated, wooden tea-room style building reconstructed from an assortment of Tasmanian timbers. A brick open fireplace roars in the centre of the restaurant creating a homely ambience and making it a perfect choice for a long leisurely lunch. The menu features some of Tasmania’s finest seafood produce and specialises in in Tasmanian Rock Lobster, line caught Tasmanian Fin fish and premium farm fish, all sourced from pristine waters around Tasmania. It is also situated on the Launceston waterfront, overlooking the Tamar Yacht Club.
13 Park St, Launceston, TAS
Henry’s Bar and Restaurant
Previously known as the Northern Club, Henry’s bar and restaurant is steeped in history – yet also one of Launceston’s hottest and most sophisticated new venues. On offer at the establishment is a great selection of Tasmanian wines, whisky, local beers, ciders and spirits and an ever-evolving tasting menu. The bar area combines features from its 120-year heritage including Chesterfield lounges, a record player (complete with a selection of vinyl you can play yourself), and of course, an inviting open fireplace. A must-visit if you come to Launceston and love old-world ambience combined with fabulous drinks and food.
61 Cameron St, Launceston, TAS, Opposite the Post Office
Located in the picturesque little town of Evandale, 18 kilometres south of Launceston, this town is one of Australia’s best preserved historic hidden gems. Many of its late Georgian buildings are still relatively untouched, including this warm and cosy pub that was established in 1847. Their seasonal menu changes frequently and offers British pub style food that is hearty and warming in winter, plus a range of local artisan brews on tap. While there is a spacious beer garden, best enjoyed with live music on Sundays, we love sitting by the cosy indoor fireplace that emanates old English charm and ambience.
11 Russell St, Evandale, TAS