The Tasmanian Food Conversation: The Oak Tree Cafe

The Oak Tree Café is a new café that opened in May 2019. In this time, it has built an environment reflective of the personalities of co-owners Sue and Elizabeth. There is no doubt their inviting, fun nature contribute to the light-hearted feeling that envelopes you as soon as you enter through the door.

Conveniently located across from Launceston City Park on Tamar St, the Oak Tree Café has quickly become a staple for locals and tourists alike who are interested in high quality coffee or baked goods “exactly the way Grandma used to make them”.

Sue and Elizabeth serving delicious Tasmanian home-made treats  📸 Paul Scambler, Fairfax Media

When asked how Oak Tree came to be, Sue described the journey as, “totally different. Liz and I have had a business before. Liz noticed this premises was up for lease and we thought we would give it a go.” This charming, homey café is the culmination of a lifelong dream and love of good food. Sue continues, “I always wanted to have a café. Always. It was a dream of mine to own a café and cook cakes and deliver that homestyle cooking.”

Having worked together in the past they knew that combining their rapport and Sue’s passion for baking with great Tasmanian produce would be a recipe for success.

“We like to use as much Tasmanian produce as possible,” explains Sue. “We get a lot of tourists who want to experience all things Tasmania, but I also want to support the locals. Our customers seem pretty happy when we say there is Tassie cheese on the cheese platters, and Tasmanian milk that we’re putting in their coffee.”

When it comes to making coffee, Sue and Elizabeth agree that a great coffee is determined by both high-quality coffee beans and milk. “The coffee is the thing that draws people into a coffee shop,” Elizabeth states. “And to give people a good coffee you have to use good products.”

They use Pyengana Dairy Real Milk when making their delicious coffee. Milk is the main ingredient in most coffee drinks offered at the café so the quality of the milk has a huge impact on the quality of their coffee. They choose Real Milk because it is a delicious, creamy Tasmanian milk with nothing else added.

Pyengana Dairy Real Milk is the perfect ingredient for a high quality Tasmanian tea or coffee.

Aside from the tea, coffee and baked goods, The Oak Tree Café also boasts a menu full of tasting treats from toasted sandwiches to nachos to lasagne. This winter is the perfect time to warm up with a nice hot meal made with great Tasmanian produce such as Nichols Poultry. Their dishes are available to take away as well.

Using local produce such as Nichols Poultry chicken ensures the café can understand where their ingredients come from and how they are processed. The air chilling process of Nichols Poultry means the meat is more tender and full of flavour – making it the perfect base for any winter dish. Using Nichols chicken in a soup or curry will bring forward those delicious umami flavours and our air chilling process mean there will be no added chlorine or excess moisture in any of their dishes.

The Oak Tree Café also stocks Tasmanian products available for purchase. “Because we use the tea and coffee it’s nice to sell it,” Sue says. “When people have something they enjoy, it’s nice to be able to take it home and keep the experience going.” You can buy Leaping Goat Coffee Beans (roasted in North East Tasmania) and the entire range of Tea Garden Co. loose leaf tea – including a tea titled “Get Well Soon,” which we could all do with this time of year! You can also support Tasmanian companies such as Forager Fruits or Tassie Fudge.

There is something for everyone at this homey, proudly Tasmanian café located in the heart of Launceston. Call in to have a chat with owners Sue and Liz and experience comforting homemade dishes this winter.