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

Visited on a sunny day and enjoyed the mussels along with the cider taster flight. Would probably up the volume from 1 oz to 2 ( like wine tastings) but aside from that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
Thenrix
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Newmarket, Canada
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Newmarket, Canada
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Visited on a sunny day and enjoyed the mussels along with the cider taster flight. Would probably up the volume from 1 oz to 2 ( like wine tastings) but aside from that, everything else was fantastic.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 815 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We walked around the place by ourselves and got a good sense of a very agreeable place. The orchards are beautifully kept, and the cider operation looks first rate. There is also a distillery on the premises, focused on making apple brandy. Both children and adults will enjoy visiting this place.

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Thank operalover939
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Merridale. It is a little off the beaten path (I have to admit that we have lived in Victoria for a decade and don't venture up north nearly often enough) but so worth it. While the wait staff seemed a bit disorganized to begin with, our server more than made up for it. A... More 

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Thank cinnamongirl1956
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your Merridale experience when you visited. We’re definitely a bit hidden – nestled in Cobble Hill in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Thank you for taking the time to post this review on the great service you received during your stay, and we’ll hopefully see you again soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We visited to taste and buy some cider. Lovely stuff! You can buy bottles but we brought my son-in-law's growler to refill. Worth the trip!

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Thank Francestravels
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by Merridale and posting this great review. We’re glad you enjoyed trying our craft ciders, enough to get a growler fill to take home! We sell growlers here as well if you’re ever interested in getting your own. Next time you visit you’ll have to try a cocktail flight or our G&T Mixologist, both using our craft... More 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The cider tasting was great. Just wish the restaurant was open for dinners as well as lunch during the summer months as it is such a wonderful ambiance.

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Thank Debbie_Michael
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We always appreciate it! Unfortunately, due to the amount of weddings we have here at Merridale throughout the summer, we wouldn’t be able to offer a consistent schedule of when we are open for dinners. Every Sunday throughout the summer months we do have our Sunday Night Pizza Nights... More 

Qualicum Beach, Canada
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84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Made a reservation for lunch yesterday for 4 of us. We were greeted pleasantly and seated right away at a beautiful corner table overlooking the orchard - spectacular setting for sure. A server came and took our order and brought our food without an overly long wait... so far, so good. The food we found frankly a little bland and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent..lovely grounds lunch was good. Will return 10 year old was happy enough looking around. Never knew they distilled vodka gin and brandy as well

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Thank Kelly S
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Thank you for this lovely review of Merridale. We’re glad you had a great time during your visit and that your child enjoyed the fairy orchard walk! While they’re exploring, maybe next time try a tasting of our cocktails using our craft spirits that we distill in our on-site distillery. More 

Ladysmith, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful venue but sadly lacking. Been here several times but terribly disappointing. Flight of cider was basically a thimble full for each variety. Duck "wings" where terribly over cooked and ingredients listed on menu where not present. Waitress vanished. Nothing was done about my dissatisfaction of meal... No one ever came and asked how the meal was. This venue needs... More 

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Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Our apologies for your disappointing experience when you came for lunch – we clearly dropped the ball during your visit. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It gave us valuable information for our last staff meeting. We hope you will give us another opportunity to show you the great experience we usually provide. More 

Edmonton, Canada
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138 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Drove up here from Victoria. It's a beautiful orchard and area to visit. I enjoyed the cider flights as well. My favourite was the house cider :) They also do cocktail flights. The price for flights was also reasonable. Make sure you have a dd with you as there are a lot of ciders and spirits to taste

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Thank CubaJen
Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

We are happy you had such a nice experience here at Merridale. You’re right about the designated driver—you could spend the whole afternoon tasting our craft ciders and spirits! All of our tastings are available at the tasting bar, or join us in the Merridale bistro and get a flight and try all of our ciders or cocktails. Lots to... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

My friend and I visited Merridale after our Kinsol Trestle walk. How could we not, as it was right on the route home and the afternoon begged refreshment? We sat outside in the lovely gin kettle gazebo with the fresh breezes blowing. I enjoyed a taster tray of six of the ciders available from the very dry traditional British Scrumpy... More 

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Merridale C, Guest Relations Manager at Merridale Ciderworks, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review of Merridale! We are so glad you enjoyed the flight of our craft ciders and your time lounging in the gazebo. If you have a group of friends interested in our Merridale spirits, come in and try our G&T Mixologist or book a distillery tour to check out where we distill our Cowichan Vodka,... More 

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