Frank’s Cider Bar and Café

Frank’s Cider Bar and Cafe is located in the historic town of Franklin, in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. It is a scenic, 35 minutes drive just south of Hobart, to the quaint riverside town that was settled in the 1830s. Built in the 1870s, the former St John’s Church Hall is now a cosy bar and cafe, which specialises in gourmet local produce.

Summer Apple, Summer Pear, Cherry/Pear, Raspberry/Pear and Autumn Apple Reserve are all on tap. In summer they are served chilled and sparkling, while during the cooler months, there is always warm cider mulled with spices.

The Clark Family have been farming in Franklin since 1836. Frank was the third generation, and his granddaughter and great grandchildren, still tend the orchard at “Woodside” just north of Franklin. Trees that Frank planted years ago are still thriving.

The heritage apples and pears for Frank’s Ciders are tree ripened before harvest and are not your average supermarket names, but rather those such as Doyenne du Comice and Glou Morceau, that have been growing in the Huon Valley for generations.

For added variety, Frank’s Ciders include cherries grown by a friend down the road, and raspberries that come from heritage canes in the Derwent Valley.

Frank’s Ciders are 100% juice, with no added water or sugar. They are crisp, refreshing, and bursting with fruit flavour.

“Paddock to Plate” ethos is important at Frank’s, with beef grown at “Woodside” used in various cider inspired dishes such as slow cooked casseroles and specialty smallgoods.

House smoked pastrami and biltong sit alongside marinated roast, and creamy cheeses on Frank’s Huon Valley platters, while local lamb shanks, or award winning scallop pies with cider, simmer in the oven. Salmon from the Huon River is also a favourite, served all year round.

Prepare to feast on delicious local cherries and berries when in season, and of course, apples and pears are always available in a variety of cider splashed dishes. The selection of cakes, flans, pastries and puddings is ever changing, while Frank’s Apple Cider scones are baked fresh every day, and served with house made jam and fresh cream from the local dairy. Cider sorbet is a house specialty, served with local berry compote.

Wander through the adjacent Jane Franklin Memorial Museum while you sip a sparkling cider, and discover the fascinating history of Frank Clark’s family, Franklin itself, and the orchards of the Huon Valley.


3328 Huon Highway, Franklin TAS 7113
p: 6266 3828 or 0438 663525
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Open: 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm