Bistro, Bakery & Deli


Where else can you order from a gourmet menu in the heart of a working cider farm? We are as passionate about fresh local food as we are about cider, so join us for an intimate meal or a special event in the bistro, praised by EAT Magazine as “a gem that should be unearthed any month of the year”. The bistro menu reflects the seasonal bounties of Vancouver Island, with fresh local ingredients lovingly prepared by our superb culinary staff.  Allow your server to suggest the ideal pairing to compliment the flavours of your meal, whether it be homegrown farmhouse cider or a drink from our outstanding selection of fine wines and spirits.  

Overlooking the pond and orchard meadows, our bistro is open 7 days a week and offers a relaxed dining atmosphere in a stunning country location for lunch.  Ask about our seasonal brunch service, or visit us on summer Sundays for pizza night with live entertainment! In the shoulder seasons, we host themed dinners as well. Contact us to inquire about hosting your next event or celebration at Merridale.

Ask us about our house-made specialties, like cider-leavened bread and fresh pastries that are baked in our wood-fire oven and served warm, or any of our sweet and savoury preserves made on-site!

Bistro and Farmhouse Reopening on February 3rd!

After being closed for the crisp, cold month of January, Merridale’s doors are open again on February 3rd! As the sun comes out and the temperature rises we’re throwing open the shutters and launching into another busy year at Merridale.

Some might think February is a bit grey, a bit somber, a bit stay-inside-where-it-is-warm-and-dry. At Merridale we have an action packed month with bright and new things to eat, drink and do that will get rid of the February grey!

New Year, New Brunch and Lunch Menus!

2017 brings us a new lunch menu featuring some of your old favourites, and some new Merridale takes on classic meals. And don't forget brunch: where breakfast and lunch collide, with a glorious menu of comfort foods and perfectly blended cocktails and craft ciders. Yummy! Check out our new menus on the Bistro page.

February Events

Weekend dinners are back with the regular menu, however, each weekend will also feature a fresh sheet with a three-course dinner paired with a mystery spirit, many served at cask strength! Each spirit will be available only at the farmhouse for tasting and purchase. Once a cask is empty, it is gone for good and a new cask is opened with a new spirit! Visit our events page for more details on our Mystery Cask Dinner Series.

This Valentine's Day, bring your love to Merridale for a beautiful four-course meal. Share a tender moment and savour the meal next to the twinkling lights of the orchard. Click here to view the menu and make your reservation. Space is limited!

This February, paint away the grey! Join us at Merridale for the first of our Arts and Craft Cider paint nights! We are running several paint nights throughout the year; the first is all about honey! While sipping a complimentary glass of our honey sweetened Cyser Cider, we will be painting hearts in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Click here for details and a full list of paint night dates.

February 24th to March 12th is Eat, Stay, Play time in the Cowichan Valley! The regions restaurants, accommodations and attractions are coming together to offer Dine Cowichan as an incentive to stay close and experience what the valley has to offer this spring. Merridale will be offering fixed-price menus – A three-course lunch for $25, a three-course dinner for $35, and a special pairing dinner menu for $45! We will also have discounts on our February 25th Arts and Craft Cider night, as well as our new Aged Spirit Flight and our Gin & Tonic Mixologist. Click here for full details.

2017 is going to be a busy year at Merridale. We look forward to seeing everyone again in February!