‘People who love to eat are always the best people’ – Julia Child

Visiting friends in Tasmania who are fans of the ‘Paddock to Plate’ approach meant good food was always on the agenda!


So one evening we all headed out of Launceston and arrived 15 minutes later at the Red Feather Inn. The Red Feather Inn is a collection of historic buildings built with convict labour in circa 1842 and has been beautifully restored into a ‘live.eat.love.stay’ luxury boutique retreat. The retreat offers seven exceptional accommodations; The Library Suite, The Garden Suite, The Red Feather Room, The Attic, The Watchhouse Cottage, Murphetts Cottage and The Loft.


Enjoying a glass of Sparkling wine we wandered around the spacious grounds and wondered how we could emulate their marvelous vegetable garden.


Time for dinner and into another sandstone building; inside our table was next to an old staircase of lighted candles.


One of the features of the menu was only three choices of each entrée, main and dessert and even then it made it hard to choose.  Check out the menu below. With a cellar of local cool climate Tasmanian and Australian wines we settled in for an evening of gourmet delights.

Maybe next visit is for a gastronomic experience in their unique Cooking School


The menu:


Scottsdale Ham Hock & Garden Broad Bean Terrine

with Red Feather Chutney & Cornichon Salad


Black Berry & Gin Cured Salmon

With Horseradish & Potato Salad


Roasted Butternut Pumpkin & Beetroot, Rocket Salad

with Housemade Labne



Wild Clover Lamb Rump

with Cumin, Carrots & Potato & Garden Spinach

and a Yoghurt Dressing


Scottsdale Rolled Pork Belly

with Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

and a Two Mustard Dressing


Fresh Char Grilled Tuna

on a Green Vegetable Quinoa

with Avocado Salsa




Chocolate Semifreddo with Almond Biscotti

Baked Rhubarb in a Jar with Crème Patisserie

Selection of Local Cheeses



Jan Knox



Red Feather Inn

42 Main Street

PO Box 1

Hadspen 7290


Tel: +61 3 6393 6506