Whilst walking the streets of Ross, we noticed the old bakery in the main street.
Bakery for lunch, it was decided, so in we went and bought a pie and Croissant, and took it down to the picnic area beside the Old convict bridge, what a lovely setting for lunch!
The convict built Ross Bakery Inn, is a Georgian house built out of sandstone for John Dickinson, a free settler from Nottinghamshire in England. Originally it was named Sherwood Castle Inn, as it served many years as a coaching inn.
Not only is it a Bakery, but Accommodation is upstairs with ensuite toilet and shower, and the guest lounge is located downstairs where complimentary tea, coffee and fresh bakery cakes are served. .
It’s a chilly winter’s day in Ross, so would you care to join us for some afternoon tea? We’re heading for the Bakery Tea Rooms (main photo), more or less across from the Post Office. There’s insufficient time to test the “Famous scallop pie”, so a Devonshire Tea will have to do.
The building (photo 2) is clearly from the early days, those timber construction wings at either end have been added later, probably about 1900 going by the Federation style. Without them the building would be the classic Georgian box shape. Once inside, isn’t it great to settle down in the warm interior (photo 3) with the fire burning? Look around at the walls made of rough field stones – obviously the external sandstone is facing. Up on the ceiling, that pressed metal finish ties in with the Federation remake, chances are the original would have been hessian covered with paper and painted.
Well, here’s our Devonshire Tea (photo 4). I thought the scones were excellent and the coffee wasn’t at all bad either. That Tasmanian cream and home-made jam (photo 5) might be damaging to diets, but it went very quickly! Must revisit here some day.