Core Cider House located in Pickering Brook, just 35 minutes from the city, is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle, and spend some quality family time together. Core Cider house is a family business operating amongst the fruit orchards which are almost 80 years old. The current owners are the 4th generation of the family to work on/at the orchard, and they are so passionate about the food and drinks they are producing it’s hard not to fall in love with this place.
There are two options for dining at Core Cider House. There
is the restaurant located in the main building with views over the orchard, or
the casual dining area outside on the lawn with shade from the orange trees. On
Wednesday to Friday all meals come from the main restaurant even if you are
dining outside. The only difference is there is no table service outside and
meals and drinks need to collected via a buzzer system. On the weekend the
Cider Garden menu is available, offering more casual meal options, which can be
ordered downstairs (not at the main restaurant). Bookings for the restaurant
are highly recommended at all times, however no bookings are required for the
cider garden. Both menus are available on the Core Cider House website (Restaurant and Cider Garden).
We visited on a Friday afternoon when the weather was perfect (warm, sunny, beautiful weather!) so chose to sit outside in the cider garden and order from the main restaurant’s menu. There are lots of various table settings to choose from or request a picnic blanket to sit on when you order. I ordered the Steak sandwich ($26) and hubby had the Grilled Fish of the day, and we decided to share a tasting tray of traditional and premium ciders ($18). For my toddler we ordered the kids Fish and Chips ($10) and a fresh apple juice ($4). All the food was delicious and the portion sizes were generous, both hubby and I were very satisfied with what we had ordered. The fresh apple juice was amazing and the best juice I have honestly ever tasted!
While Hubby and I ate our meals, our toddler happily entertained himself by running around on the grass, riding on the toy cars, and playing at the two playgrounds. At all times he was within our line of sight, and it made it such a nice and relaxing lunch – how often can you say that when dining out with kids?!
The nature playground features a few logs, wood planks and a large cement tunnel. Right next to it is a small traditional playground with two slides. Be warned though, kids left unattended at the playground will be given a double espresso and a free puppy! On the other side of the cider garden there is also a small sandpit for the kids to enjoy.
There are quite often special events running at Core Cider House so keep an eye on their website to find out what’s happening. Every Sunday (October - April) there is live music in the Cider Garden from 1-4pm. Core Cider often run apple picking events too.
If you are looking to escape to the Perth Hills, Core Cider is the perfect destination to soak up the fresh country air, relax over a cider, enjoy a meal and let the kids play.
More information: www.corecider.com.au
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 10th March 2018