Tuckshop at Barringwood
60 Gillams Road, Lower Barrington TAS
03 6287 6933
In Tasmania’s northwest, on the Barringwood Estate, you’ll find a funky, retro cafe that will bring back memories of childhood milk bars and school canteens. Aptly named Tuckshop, this vintage inspired cafe and cellar door is all about bringing the best in Tasmanian produce to life.
Since the end of 2016, owners, Sheona McLetchie and Tristan Abbott, have set about creating this eclectic setting that attracts a wide range of regulars and tourists alike. Whether a first timer or a loyal local, the retro fit out, sea views, great food and coffee, as well as attention to the community, makes for a welcoming dining experience.
The cafe is Sheona and Tristan’s first venture, inspired by their extensive hospitality experience and personal passions. Sheona’s culinary career began in kitchens across Australia before heading overseas to work in various Michelin star restaurants, while Tristan took to the kitchens of large pubs and hotels.
Sheona and Tristan’s adage at Tuckshop is to keep it simple. Armed with a world of culinary knowledge, they move beyond food trends to provide wholesome and delicious fare that is made almost entirely from scratch. Seasonality and fresh produce are at the heart of what’s on offer, from locally reared meats to dairy, seafood and freshly picked fruit from nearby orchards.
Kick things off with some shucked-to-order Tasmanian oysters with shallot vinaigrette or a selection of cheeses and olives to graze. Larger options vary from day to day with sandwich, pasta and salad specials. There’s also a Picker’s Lunch Board for those who can’t decide with a mix of house terrine, smoked ham and fish, cheese, pickles, relish, greens and fresh bread.
Breakfast sittings happen on weekends with classic brekkie dishes like corn, zucchini and herb fritters with poached eggs, and French toasted banana bread with candied walnuts, on the menu. Whichever you choose, pair it with a cup of coffee from Straight Up Coffee Roasters’ Wingman Blend.
End your visit on a sweet note with a treat from their selection of homemade cakes or a house-made fizzy drink. Tristan and Sheona hand make syrups like blackcurrant and cherry cola to brew delicious and fresh alternatives to sugary soft drinks. There’s also a selection of local beers on tap for those looking for something with a little more kick.
You won’t miss the bright orange food van on site that is one of the cafe’s most loved attractions. The 1970’s inspired van is all about recreating the most coveted elements of this bygone era, complete with schmiko rolls, spider shakes and bags of mixed lollies. While the van is a permanent fixture, it only operates once a month in conjunction with DJ days and sometimes at nearby festivals and events.