Located in the NE of Tasmania, approx 2 hours from Launceston, you will find the delightful little hamlet of Pyengana. Lush green fields full of big fat dairy cows as far as the eye can see, dominate this beautiful part of the Apple Isle. Pyengana is also home to the Holy Cow Cafe and holy moley this is a fabulous little spot to rest awhile next time you are down that way.
The Holy Cow Cafe is part of the Pyengana Dairy Company. For 4 generations this company has been farming dairy cattle and producing both amazing milk and cheeses. The lush and fertile farmlands around Pyengana produce very happy cows indeed. As a result they churn out some very delicious milk which is then turned into some very delicious cheese. All of the cheeses are cheddar and you can taste them and buy as much or as little as you would like. There is a full spectrum of cheddars available from the very mild all the way through to a full flavoured cheddar called Devilish (chilli, onion and chives have been added to it and you will certainly be breathing fire after you have tasted it!).
The Holy Cow Cafe is open from 9.00am every day (winter hours may vary). They serve breakfast and lunch as well as morning and afternoon teas. You can stop by for a meal or just some cheese tasting. Loads of cute local arts, crafts and foodie items are also for sale. When we arrived at 9.00am we had a wander around the shop/tasting room (as they were still firing up the coffee machine) and then we found a table as we were in need of some breakfast. And let me tell you dear parents, our breakfast was nothing short of brekkie perfection!
Our Scrambled Eggs on melted cheese toast, leg ham and relish tasted so fresh and so delicious. It was the perfect start to a chilly summer's day! The little bulls had the kids cheese on toast which was accompanied by the tomato relish and they washed this down with milkshakes - they certainly received their dose of calcium for the day! The menu is basic but it covers all of the bases of wholesome country cooking. Pyengana cheese and milk are obviously dominant features in each menu item, so if you have a dairy allergy this sadly may not be the place for you!
Tasmanians are very parochial and I mean that in a good way. For example at the Holy Cow Cafe they only serve produce that is made in Tasmania. Their fabulous coffee is from a Hobart roastery, their apple juice is from an orchard down south in the Huon Valley etc etc. In other words they look after their own and as a result when you dine in Tasmania you are really receiving a full Tasmanian dining experience.
Our little bulls were obviously right at home at the Holy Cow Cafe. They love everything to do with farms and farm life. They spotted as soon as we walked in the door of the cafe, the play equipment outside, which was next door to the dairy sheds. They already had their gumboots on so they were out there as quick as a flash mucking around on the equipment and counting cows. There are tables and chairs for you to sit on out here but we preferred sitting by the open fire inside the cafe. We still had a fairly good view of the boys outside, so we were happy enough to let them be boys whilst we enjoyed a few minutes of peace and quiet.
When you have finished your meal make sure you taste all of the cheeses available and have a chat to the helpful staff. We stocked up on cheese, crackers, tomato relish and some locally made fudge, which made for a delightful picnic lunch on our journey to Hobart.
This little slice of paradise is a bit of a detour from the main roads in Tasmania, but I thoroughly recommend you take it. The food, the coffee, the scenery and the cheese are pure Tasmanian and I'm a firm believer that when you travel you should totally absorb yourself in local culture. The Holy Cow Cafe and the Pyengana Dairy Company are as about Tasmanian as you can get. Enjoy x
St Columba Falls RD, Pyengana, TAS, 7216
03 6373 6157
Open 7 days
Summer: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Winter: 10.00am - 4.00pm