Torquay sure is a surfer's paradise with all the big brand surf-wear and accessories shops clumped together making it a bargain shopper's paradise. I've been told it's cheaper to buy surf-wear in Torquay and I have some friends who do their annual surf-wear shopping only in Torquay. However it's not all that's there as surprisingly there are quite a few delightful finds, Torquay Larder being one of them. The place had such a good ambiance about it, I just loved it and had to stop in for a great cup of coffee and some cafe style lunch. I was pleasantly surprised.
Martina the owner has been running the Torquay Larder for just a couple of years but she has a wealth of experience behind her and it shows. She owned Cafe Moby for 3.5 years and Scorched for 4.5 years (both have been sold since) and was a restaurant manager at the Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel for 6.5 years. Having lived in Torquay for around 11 years, Martina loves food and sources quality produce which includes take home meals. The chicken and camembert pies from Tasmania sure looked delicious and being an ice cream lover, you didn't need to sell me on that.
As you can see, the ice cream brand is not your everyday run of the mill brand you may be familiar with. The same goes for the sourced take home meals which have vegetarian and vegan options. You can check out the brands they have 'here'. For details of their gourmet take home meals, gourmet products, gourmet hampers and giftwear, check out their website.
The food was great and the pie was filled with chunks of real beef. Yum!
More than just a coffee shop, Torquay Larder usesCampos coffee and find them a great people to work with and are involved in helping build a school where the coffee comes from. If ever you're in Torquay, check them out. They were voted one of the best eateries in the country and won The Good Food Guide and Travel Guide's reader's choice regional award for best provedore.