Dave Gunton and his wife bought the Hotel Bruny a little over a year ago, and as he says “started from scratch”. In that time he has pulled apart their menu and now serves as much fresh local produce as possible.
He points in one direction indicating where the closest oyster farm is, and tells us about Dave the fisherman who literally delivers freshly caught fish to their door. You can still order a pub staple like chicken parma too; made with Nichols fresh range chicken breast and Bruny Island produced cheese on top. Or, there is Trevor from up the road that walks his potatoes down from his farm direct to the pub.
The food is definitely one big reason to visit the Hotel Bruny, as is the friendly hospitality you will receive from Dave and his staff. He tells us that although he grew up in Launceston at the north of the state, he used to come to Bruny Island on holiday as a kid. He has lived in other parts of Australia too, however just always ended up back in Tassie.
The actual trigger to moving to Bruny Island was seeing that the beach house where he used to stay during his childhood was on sale. He and his wife ended up buying another house, however this was the real start of their Bruny Island love affair. They decided to set up their first house as a guest house. From this they purchased a holiday village with cottages situated in another part of the island and now also the pub. He speaks fondly of the island and about how the “secret is out”. In the last couple of years tourists have increased and he is excited that Bruny is now widely recognised for its beauty and uniqueness.
When asked about Tasmania as an overall and his secret tips for the best places to visit, he lists Stanley as being a favourite place to visit and a true gem found in the north west pocket of the state. He is a big fan of the west coast with its natural beauty, amazing forests and rivers. Plus Cradle Mountain that he has been visiting since he was a kid, and still loves.
Make sure to visit the Hotel Bruny on your next visit to the island. We recommend ordering the delicious fresh seafood chowder!
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