Our orchard bistro features good food made from local ingredients at reasonable prices. We offer a kid's menu too.

We're currently open 7 days a week for lunch. Have a look at our current menu and make a reservation.

Current bistro hours:

Monday to Thursday 12-4pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

PLEASE NOTE: Our bistro will be closed on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Reservations in the bistro are strongly recommended. Reserve your table at 250-743-4293, 1-800-998-9908, or

Ciderbar and farmhouse store hours:
Tastings, shopping, self-guided cellar tours, and orchard walks are available 7 days a week 11am to 5pm.

Event Bookings and Groups of 10+

*If you are interested in coming with a group of 10 or more guests, please contact us to arrange a booking as we have special menus for large groups so we can offer great service. We can add a tour and a tasting to your booking too.

Looking for a venue to hold your special event? We're happy to consult with you and offer a memorable day or evening for your family and friends. 

Event and group bookings can be arranged at 250-743-4293, 1-800-998-9908, or

Bistro Atmosphere

As you travel up or down Vancouver Island, stop in at our orchard bistro for lunch. Enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand crafted just steps from the bistro's kitchen.

Located in the middle of a working cider farm, this unique Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers.  

The restaurant has two eating areas. You’ll find the main room with its traditional fieldstone fireplace and spacious tables. The main restaurant also features a granite cider tasting bar − perfect for a cider and some conversation while your lunch is being prepared. Guests can also enjoy their meal on the large covered patio where you will find plenty of outdoor space to sit with friends, sip coffee, or sample ciders and local wines. 

After lunch, you might enjoy a short stroll to the merridale orchard pond, the romantic centre of many Vancouver Island weddings hosted at merridale.


Try Our Cider and Spirits

Don’t forget to ask about merridale’s cider flights, a tasting of six distinct ciders which has been designed to introduce you to the rich range and different traditions of cider making in one sitting. English, French, Scotch − even a taste of the ancient Viking-style Cyser. This is a history lesson most enjoy taking. Or try your tastebuds on one of our fortified or spirit flights. Spirit connoisseurs and fans will appreciate the fact that our spirits are made or blended on site following age-old methods of distillation and created in the true artisan fashion. 

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Saturday, Sep 26 2015 - Sunday, Oct 4 2015