Launceston was epic but it was time to move on and make our way slowly down to Hobart. Before we hit the capital city we planned to spend a few nights at the Hagley RV Farm Stay. Owners Steve and Annette are bloody legends we met them on the road last year in the NT and their farm stay is a perfect location to use as a base to explore Ben Lomond National Park. Also I got a tip on a legendary little bakery called the Rustic Bakehouse located at Cressy which wasn’t far away.
Cressy is located about 30mins south of Launceston and 10 mins from Longford. It’s only a small village and one of its star attractions is the bakery and it’s wood fire oven. Owners Jarrod and Kate have been in the industry for many years, but were hell bent on finding a bakery with a traditional wood fire oven. So when this place came available in 2016 they jumped at the chance.
The bakery was first opened in 1926 and Jarrod and Kate have done a incredible job replicating what the original bakers did nearly 100 year ago. The wood fire oven is time consuming and takes years to master and the hours Jarrod and his bakers work to nail down this fine art is huge.
Seriously the food on offer here is mind boggling. I was like a kid at Disneyland for the first time, looking everywhere and getting easily distracted. I tried to maintain focus and I needed to, as I had the news crew from channel 7 filming my every movements. After the filming was completed, it was time to get down to business.
The range of ’s on offer here is plentiful and they all looked insane. I did try several ’s while the camera crew were filming but in the end I wanted to review the “Chunky Steak, Cheese and Jalapeño” . So many people had messaged me and said this one was a must review.
1. Value for Money – $7 was great value. The width and depth were more than acceptable. This could be considered as a gourmet range and this price tag was terrific. 9.5/10
2. Meat Ratio – Take a gander at the photos !! This was completely full. Great job. 10/10
3. Flavour – Excellent !!! The meat chunks were huge and super tender. The amount of Jalapeños and cheese in this was the perfect mix. The Jalapeños had a little kick but nothing major. Everything about this flavour was superb. 10/10
4. Pastry – Apart from the slight wet lines on both sides of the bake, this pastry was perfect. The color, shape and stability were a huge ‘s up. The top was flakey and full of flavour. It’s a tough job baking ’s in a wood fire oven and this pastry was almost perfect. 9.5/10
5. Serving Temperature – Perfect !!! This was gone in about 5 bites. 10/10
LOVED IT !!! Apart from the slight wet lines on both side bakes this was almost the perfect . The flavor was insane and the was bursting at the seams FULL !!!! The meat chunks were incredibly tender and the massive. The $7 price tag for this gourmet was more then reasonable. To get the bake perfect in a wood fire oven takes a lot of skill and years to master and Jarrod and his team are the ultimate professionals. Great effort guys, i must have tried four to five ’s during my stay and they were all top notch.
Trust me, you don’t wanna miss this bakery. The wood fire oven is worth the visit alone, then you’ve got the ’s and the massive selection of doughnuts. OMG the doughnuts !!! This was an horrific food day for me, the staff kept on bringing all these doughnuts, slices, cakes etc and I had ZERO will power and couldn’t say no.
Jarrod and Kate I cannot thank you enough for the chaos we caused in your bakery on my visit. The CH 7 camera crew took over the joint and you guys were more than accommodating. Your bakery is up there with the best I’ve been to. From the customer service to the cabinet display everything is first class and your passion to be the best is truly inspiring. Absolutely loved my visit to your piece of paradise and one thing is for sure I will be back.
Hagley RV Farm Stay is a little beauty and 100% worth checking out. Steve and Annette are incredible hosts and make you feel so welcome. It’s a great location to explore places such as Ben Lomond National Park and Liffey Falls just to name a few. Just on Ben Lomond the drive up Jacob’s Ladder was spectacular.