Join us for lunch, a tasting at the bar and shopping in the farmhouse store.
We are open for the season!
Bistro Hours of Operation
Daily from 11am - 4pm (click here for exceptions)
Event Bookings and Groups of 10+
We would be happy to arrange a booking for your group. We have special menus for large groups so we can offer great service. You may also add a tour and a tasting to your booking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we're a little busy with weddings in the summer to have dinners, we've definitely heard your requests. Starting October 21st, we will be open for dinner every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening until the first week of January. Our harvest series starts off with a French twist – think aged Cognac style brandy paired with French food from the bistro featuring a fresh menu every weekend. Starting November 25th we launch our holiday series with our orchard light-up – think holiday liqueur releases, Yuel Fuel, and special treats in the store. But it’s too early to talk about that. Stay tuned to our website, Twitter, and Facebook to learn about our special guests joining us for the harvest and holiday season later this year. Eat, Drink and Be Merri!
We love the holiday season at Merridale, and we invite you to take a complimentary Christmas walk of the orchard when you book a table for few or the room for many. You will find Merridale truly magical. Start with a cup of Yuel Fuel, our seasonal mulled cider from the tasting bar, and our staff will provide you with the orchard map. It will lead you into the courtyard of lights and down Candy Cane Lane where you can explore Santa’s workshop, Rudolf’s stable, the Elves’ village, and a variety of other holiday characters.
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 our farm.
Try Our Cider and Spirits
As you enjoy your meal in the bistro, experience a Merridale cider flight, a tasting of six distinct ciders designed to introduce you to the rich range and different traditions of cider making. This is a history lesson most enjoy taking. With our fortified or spirit flights, you'll enjoy that our spirits are made on site following age-old methods of distillation and created in the true artisan fashion.
Before or after your time in the bistro, you might choose to step up to the ciderbar for a tasting with one of our friendly experts. The net proceeds from our tasting fees are donated to local charities. Enjoy the warm and casual vibe of our tasting room and browse our store for artisan products of all kinds.