Devils Corner Cellar Door

Licensed $-$$
Corner of Tasman Highway and Sherbourne Road, Apslawn, East Coast
03) 6257 8881
Open: Daily 10.00am to 5.00pm. Takeaways.

It may not lift the taste of the food, but, like good design and excellent service, a fabulous view certainly enhances any dining experience. And, in this respect, we are spoilt for choice. Think, for example, of the harbour and city views at night from The Point, Aloft and The Glasshouse restaurants, the magical views from Lubiana’s Osteria, the Coal Valley Vineyard, Riversdale’s The French Bistro and from the deck at Frogmore Creek. Or the view of the often snow-capped peaks of the Hartz Mountains from the Hartzview Vineyard café.

But perhaps the most soul-satisfying experience is to suck on a plate of wonderfully fresh oysters and a glass of chilled white while sitting on a bench at the newish Devil’s Corner Cellar Door looking over rolling vines to Moulting Lagoon and across to the spectacular play of light and shadow on the pink granite peaks of The Hazards of Freycinet Peninsula.

It’s an experience that’s hard to beat.

And it’s also hard to beat the salty freshness of The Fisher’s oysters or the smoky flavours of Tombolo’s excellent wood-fired pizzas available from two recycled and architecturally disguised, timber-clad shipping containers adjoining the nicely appointed cellar door itself in a U shape providing a covered alfresco courtyard dining area. Scattered around are other tables and benches to make the most of the stunning views.

‘The Fisher’s’ is the second outlet for Julie and Giles Fisher’s award-winning Freycinet Marine Farm at Coles Bay which they have developed into one of the coast’s most successful tourist attractions and casual seafood eateries. In addition to fresh oysters and mussels, their menu at Devil’s Corner includes beer-battered fish and chips and a generously proportioned seafood platter.

On the opposite side of the ‘courtyard’, the team from Sharron Griffith’s and Andrew Merse’s ever-popular Tombolo restaurant in Coles Bay offer a menu of five different wood-fired pizzas plus gelato, sorbet and affogato.

In effect you can buy a glass or a bottle of Devil’s Corner wine and stroll to The Fisher’s for your oysters to enjoy while waiting for your pizza to cook and then chill out with a gelato, sorbet or affogato to finish.

As experienced and very successful operators, the Fishers’, Griffith’s and Merse’s various foods offerings are delicious, the wines well-priced and excellent and the scene is all very relaxed and civilized.

Opened last December, they say it’s been flat out since. And it’s great to see another classy food and wine operation joining Freycinet, Spring Vale and Milton in making a drive up the East Coast one of the most rewarding in Tasmania.

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