I was lucky to visit Samuel Pepy’s 100% gluten free cafe on a quick visit to Launceston in northern Tasmania.
According to their Facebook page, it was “born from a dream to create a coffee house to linger in, with the comfort of old world decor and 100% gluten free sumptuous slices and light meals”. It does have an old world quirky charm, and someone certainly has a teaspoon fettish as they cover many spaces on the walls!
It is a little bit off the beaten track in Yorktown Square (off George St), so it is possible you won’t find it just by wondering around the city. They have an A-frame sign in the lane way leading to the square and also a nice big sign on the shop so that you won’t miss it!
My friend (who is a local) likes to eat there, so that is always a good sign when someone who does not eat gluten free likes to go there!
On entering, the counter displays some tempting looking sandwiches (called a bunsky) and the day’s specials. The takeaway menu is also at the counter if you want lunch on the run.
I was sorely tempted by the burger and chips, but opted for ‘The BRT” of bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli on Turkish bread ($15). It was very tasty and pretty filling seeing it was effectively two serves! My friend chose breakfast, which is available all day on the weekend.
If you are into desserts, you should try the waffles as I saw some very impressive looking dishes go past me! The waffles are also dairy free and you can mix and match toppings. Banana & nutella will be my choice for next time 🙂 If you just want coffee & cake, they have a wide variety of milks (full cream, soy, lactose free etc.) for coffee and milkshakes and biscuits at the counter. Are they the biggest macaroons ever???
A copy of the menu is on the Australian Good Food Guide and the takeaway menu is pictured below. Vegetarian and dairy free options are marked up and they are happy to help with other dietary requirements.
If you have a special occasion to celebrate, you are able to pre-book a high tea or book the upstairs area for functions.
I love 100% gluten free cafes as it is just amazing to eat out without any anxiety about getting the wrong meal or cross contamination. It is also lovely to support the small businesses that are making safe gluten free eating possible. (See below for links to more 100% gluten free cafes!) I would love to go back to Samuel Pepy’s and try out more of their menu.
Nov 2016 update: New owners taken over the cafe, but it remains 100% gluten free.
Samuel Pepy’s Cafe
23 Yorktown Square (off George Street), Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Tues 11am-2pm, Wed-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm. Closed Mon.
For more 100% gluten free options and travel ideas, please check the following links:
- 100% gluten free Melbourne
- 100% gluten free London
- 100% gluten free England (over 70 businesses!)
- Foddies, GF & fructose friendly in Albert Park (Melbourne)
- Melbourne airport
- London Heathrow & Gatwick airport gluten free options
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