Now the question is - Where to start? Andy's would have to be as close to heaven as you could get for self contained recreational vehicles. So, how do you get there? Take the Bass Highway west from Launceston and then look for the Westbury turnoff. Andy's is on the eastern side of the township, about two blocks from the centre of town.
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Andy's is a complex - motorhome parking out the back, public car park, toilets (with piped mood music) and phone on one end, a fruit and vegetable shop, the bakery (of course!) and an home made ice-cream shop to be opened in the near future. We found Andy's so incredible, we needed to do a separate story on Andy himself (click here to read).
What Andy has done, not only has boosted his business - word does spread through the grape vine of travellers - but has also done wonders for many of the other businesses in the Westbury township. Simply because he is absolutely encouraging motorhomers to spend at least one night in Westbury behind his bakery. More about what Westbury has to offer is on this page.
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One of the major problems, when you enter the shop, is to be confronted by such a mouth watering display of cakes, slices, pastries, pies, pasties and more. Then there is the wafting aroma of freshly brewed coffee. It's just tooo tempting! We had been warned about the vanilla slices - the standard were yummy but the French version was magnifique!
There were literally dozens of slices to chose from - so we decided to try the cherry ripe and peppermint ones plus the Death by Chocolate! There were also variations on mud cakes, muffins, biscuits and heaps more. I think you could possibly put on weight just by looking at all the temptations.
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Gladys had a major problem deciding what to have for afternoon tea and ended up with French Vanilla Slices. Now Julie had enjoyed her morning tea so much, she had to lick the bag to get the last scraps out. When her kiddies see this she is bound to get a lot of flak as she ate the lot!
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Watch out for this sign on both fences, drive down the side and you will find a large grassed area with a circular road access. There is also water, wood for a fireplace and a table with bench seats. Over the back fence are several horses. Andy has planted quite a few small trees and shrubs and eventually these will make a lovely backdrop to the parking area.
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There are numerous styles of breads, rolls and buns, some of which Andy has added to his range as a result of overseas visits and research. The staff (although very camera shy) were friendly and extremely helpful - their attitude was perfect for touring visitors and they even referred us to maps and tourism information which was available within the bakery.
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We decided to try the restaurant for lunch (several times actually!). The cappucinos were superb and the "pastie or pie with salad and chips" was excellent value. The dressing on the salad was Andy's own recipe - unfortunately I couldn't find out the secret ingredients but it did have sesame seeds and honey which gave it an unusual texture and taste. Meals are all excellent value and well within the "pensioner" allowance for those watching their pennies.
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| So if you
come west from Launceston along the B54, take the turn off to Westbury. Andys
Bakery complex is not far down the main drag on the right hand side. Being a motorhomer
himself, Andy welcomes like minded visitors whether locals or mainlanders. All
he asks is that you do what the CMCA people have done during their stay, keep
the place tidy and quiet (industrial bins are provided for your rubbish) and recommend
Andys to your friends.|
On that basis Andy how could we stay away???
If this got a rating it would have to be 12 out of 10 yes it is truly that good.
Absolutely and totally recommended!
HEMA 55 G 9
The RACT has named Tasmanias most hospitable people. They were chosen by visitors from interstate and overseas, who nominated them in RACT Travelworlds inaugural Warm Welcome Awards.
The Awards are an initiative of RACT Travelworld to promote excellence in visitor service by all Tasmanians, whether or not theyre part of the hospitality industry.
Peter Williams, RACT General Manager Services, and head of RACT Travelworld, said the aim was to make all Tasmanians understand that everyone had a role to play in maintaining the current tourism boom.
Tourism is an internationally competitive industry, and ordinary Tasmanians, through their contact with tourists, have an important role in supporting our tourism industry. So we set out to identify and recognise Tasmanians who have excelled in helping a visitor.
Over last summer, RACT Travelworld distributed nomination forms to visitors through the Spirit vessels, Tigerline, Redline Coaches, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Experience Tasmania, and the Taxi Industry Association of Tasmania.
A judging panel, comprising Launceston business leader Errol Stewart; Roch van Delft, State Manager of Qantas Airways; Vin Barron, CEO of the Tasmanian Convention Bureau; the TT Lines Miranda Foster; and Mr Williams; sifted through over 200 nominations to make their decision.
Winners of the Awards were judged to have gone out of their way to provide help, advice, service, or support for a visitor; and in doing so, provided the visitor with a level of service which the visitor regarded as exceptional in national and international terms.