The Jetty Cafe & General Store is part of a Community Complex (featured in Augusts The Owner Builder Magazine – www.theownerbuilder.com.au). It was built by the local community with financial assistance from the Kingborough Council and the Federal Government. The cafe overlooks the D’entrecasteaux Channel and the mountains beyond.
It is now commercially leased by Chef Ray Jones who is passionate about local produce, reducing food miles, supporting the local community & businesses and sustainably operating his business. He presents delicious fresh dishes from the food available to him at any given time. What better place to be able to do that than in this pristine part of the world. e.g. the Murrayfield Lamb slow braised is from a beautiful property just down the road from the Cafe, (www.murrayfield.com.au), Woodlands pink eye potatoes, garlic & honey is 3 minutes walk up the hill, Richard Clarkes’ local wallaby (Bruny Island Game Meats), Hedley Brownings’ luscious oysters from the Murrayfield property, local vegetables, herbs and seasonal fruit are all very close to the Cafe. Some of the vegetables will come into the kitchen and end up on the plate, at times within hours of them being pulled from the ground. Ray makes focaccia daily and all cakes, biscuits and tarts are made on the premises. Only high quality ingredients are used including free range eggs, boks free range pork products and naturally made stocks.
It is difficult to know how many he is catering for on any given day so book ahead but be prepared to eat whats available on the day – one thing is for sure, it is fresh, delicious and nutritious……mostly. The prune and chocolate fudge with a wiff of brandy and a little latte on the deck is probably not so “good” for you but….nothing could be better!
The Jetty Cafe hosts special lunches, concerts and other activities. On the Sunday the 2nd October, Natasha Cica is launching her wonderful book Pedder Dreaming – Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian wilderness (www.uqp.com.au) at the Art Gallery here. The Jetty Cafe is taking bookings for lunch following the launch (by the Mayor, Cr. Graham Bury). Natasha has just started her tour in Canberra where her book was launched by the Govenor General, Quentin Bryce so we are honoured to have Natasha include both the Gallery and the Cafe in her launch tour.
More activities to come…stay tuned.