Peppermint Bay Hotel
3435 Channel Highway, Woodbridge, TAS
(03) 6267 4088
Nestled in the southern Tasmanian village of Woodbridge, spread over four beautiful acres of waterfront headland, is Peppermint Bay Hotel.
Built as a tribute to its amazing location, this restaurant is surrounded by some of the best that the south of Tasmania has to offer. Its stunning location provides commanding views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Mount Wellington, Bruny Island and the rolling hills of the surrounding Huon region.
Taking its name after the area’s original name, Peppermint Bay, the sophisticated space showcases some of the best seasonal produce from within an awardwinning building.
Hobart architect Scott Balmforth recognised the importance of blending the structure of the building with the surrounding landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows dominate the space, providing unparalleled views across green lawns, an enormous 100-year-old oak tree and of course, the bay. The stark geometric venue, crafted using traditional shed materials, is in contrast to the luxurious yet restrained interior, which uses the natural light and fantastic scenery as a backdrop to the enormous open-plan dining room.
While the building itself is worth a trip, the real reason to visit Peppermint Bay Hotel is to eat. The restaurant’s Head Chef, Toby Annear, worked locally, nationally and internationally before settling at Peppermint Bay Hotel. His menu and ever-changing daily specials are focused on fresh, seasonal and local produce, much of which is sourced from nearby communities. The restaurant also has an extensive kitchen garden for all Toby’s vegetable needs.
Upon visiting Peppermint Bay Hotel you’re sure to find a variety of dishes, such as Woodbridge cold-smoked trout with labne, sourdough and a soft egg, or house-smoked beef cheek with potato pave, mushrooms, flamed chard and beef sauce. On top of its mainstays, a large part of the menu is also dedicated to dishes from the wood-fired grill, with options like the Cape Grim short rib served with red wine.
The drinks menu is equally as focused on local offerings – beer and wines are sourced from all over the state and stocked in the hotel’s providore.
Beyond its own walls, the venue also offers an opulent lunch cruise from Brooke Street Pier in Hobart all the way to the shores of Peppermint Bay. The trip includes three-and-a-half hours of cruising the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Derwent River and is finished with a decadent shared lunch in the restaurant. It’s not uncommon to see a pod of dolphins, the occasional seal or even a migrating whale during the cruise.
The venue’s beautiful location makes it a worthy spot for weddings and other special celebrations. Guests can travel on the luxury catamaran before enjoying a meal in one of the many function spaces, all overseen by Peppermint Bay’s General Manager, Jane Williams.
Peppermint Bay Hotel is a destination within a destination. It offers relaxed service and delicious fare with a stunning backdrop and is a grand testament to its beautiful Tasmanian home.