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Merridale Cidery & Distillery

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Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 800-998-9908
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley-an apple...

Merridale is a delicious destination in the Cowichan Valley-an apple orchard, craft cider house, small batch distillery, and wedding and event venue. Learn about the production of cider and spirits through a tour. Stroll the orchard while the kids search for faeries living amongst the cider apple trees, and then step up to the tasting bar for a guided tasting of our cider, spirits, or fortified ciders. Shop for local artisan items in the farmhouse store. Celebrate a special occasion with family and friends at a unique and beautiful venue. Experience glamping on Vancouver Island with a stay in one of our yurts. Check our website for upcoming special events, like our Sunday Pizza Nights. Pets are welcome! In our bistro, enjoy local cuisine, a large patio overlooking our orchard, and, of course, apple cider hand-crafted just steps from the bistro's kitchen. This authentic Vancouver Island restaurant combines cider pairings and seasonal menu items inspired by nearby Cowichan Valley farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers. Bring home delicious baked goods made fresh that morning in our brick oven. Merridale is located in Cobble Hill, in the Cowichan Valley, on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, about 40 minutes north of Victoria and 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Nanaimo. Open daily.

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Great Cider Tasting

We went here with friends for some cider tasting. Our waitress was superb and added to the experience. We tasted several ciders and ended up buying some along with some Pear on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here with friends for some cider tasting. Our waitress was superb and added to the experience. We tasted several ciders and ended up buying some along with some Pear on Pear Liquor which was delicious but very strong. We polished the bottle off that night! You could also do a tour of the site but we ran out... More 

Thank HughLangley
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancé and I went here to enquire about having our wedding at Merridale. We immediately fell in love with the grounds and the wonderful staff. We were treated as if we were family and that our wedding is their top priority. We also had a cider / spirit tasting along with lunch in the bistro. You will not be... More 

Thank Matt R
Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took a ladies road trip..one of my friends suggested lunch here. This is a beautiful farm out in the country. We sat in the covered patio area. Very nice looking over orchard. Very peaceful. All 4 lunches were great. I had the eggs benny very tasty. We shared a pitcher of meriberie cider. Service was good. The Cider was so... More 

Thank Daphne D
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

We had such an amazing experience here for my friends bachelorette party. Very fun knowledgable staff. Great communication during the planning stages and even followed up with a phone call after our event to make sure we were happy with everything. The pizza lunch was excellent; perfect for our group event. Loved the gin and the merry berry cider. They... More 

Thank Nerissa S
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This was a little weird actually. We arrived and it was quite busy, but they seemed to have a lot of staff that were not busy. We looked around moving about the place , went up to the counter for a bit, looked at a few menus, walked around a little more. We were standing around waiting for a long... More 

Thank Erin P
Brittany T, Sales & Events Coordinator at Merridale Cidery & Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you Erin P for sharing this candid feedback with us. We agree that the experience you describe is quite weird, and apologize that you did not feel welcomed during your visit! We normally pride ourselves on the welcoming experience we provide, so were very disappointed to read your review. Your comments have been shared with our management team so... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We were driving back from a weekend in Victoria & saw the sign. As we were not in a hurry it seemed a nice detour on a pleasant day. Not disappointed by the cider. A little put out by having to sit on a stool when the dining room was light with patrons. The server was very serious about this... More 

Thank Richard011
Brittany T, Sales & Events Coordinator at Merridale Cidery & Distillery, responded to this review

Richard011, thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. We're so glad you enjoyed our ciders and location! Thank you especially for your praise of Pipi - your comments have been passed on to her and are very much appreciated. We were sorry to hear that you did not feel welcomed by the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

My husband and I decided to celebrate our first anniversary at Merridale. The grounds were wonderful - loved the little faerie touches that were done. Although the cider was not my style (sorry, I'm a fizzy and sweet kind of gal), the food was amazing. And it ended up going from overcast, to drizzle, to rain, to a blizzard. All... More 

Thank Cathy A
Duncan, Canada
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

After the fair we stopped by for lunch. The setting and the food is worth going back for. We also went for a Green Party campaign ..yummy pizza that night.

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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

It was a beautiful place to visit and we did a tasting, got some good cider. The restaurant, however, is a joke. It was too expensive for the quality of food we got and the amount of "extra" charges on the bill were silly. We had to ask what the mysteriously labelled charges were to our waitress and she couldn't... More 

Thank BrittanyPS
Edmonton, Canada
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391 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 512 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We visited off season and took a self guided tour. Signage is well done. They have beautiful grounds. Their gift shop and restaurant are worth a visit. We plan to return here in the summer. Their cider and brandy is tasty.

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