Breakfast and Cider in the Perth Hills
The scenery at CORE Cider House is really sensational and it hits you the moment you pull up in the car park. The cidery and restaurant is set on a slope in the Perth hills with picturesque views across its orchard and Australian forest in the background. I have to say half way though our breakfast we spotted a prey bird with a huge wing span circling low through the orchard, it was really interesting to see.
CORE Cider House produce cider and wines, as well as offering a breakfast and lunch menu, there is 75 years and 4 family generations on the orchard, which is pretty amazing to learn. The restaurant itself is elevated over the gardens, tables are positioned on a rustic verandah. Again, views are ahhmazing! Aside from seating in the restaurant there is a large area under shade sails, and the little playground with an uber cool tractor makes CORE a venue for everyone.
Today our family spent the morning at the cidery for Dad’s birthday, the location meant it was just far enough to experience a taste of the country surroundings but not too far of a drive for everyone in the group to travel too. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Perth’s CBD.
The breakfast menu runs from 9am to 11am, it’s a simplistic menu using local produce.
Derek went with the Croque madame and it looked insanely delicious. Two gruyere cheese and ham ciabatta toasties with mustard bechamel sauce drizzled to the side of the dish, perfectly suited for dipping! The dish also included two eggs. The Croque monsieur on the menu is the version of this dish without eggs.
I’m easily satisfied with eggs and for an extra $2.00 I ordered the gluten free option which came with 4 pieces of toast. A simple and tasty breakfast dish, and I liked the big cube of butter. I didn’t think I would use it all, but having said that, butter is my most loved condiment, I tend to go a bit crazy on application – rice, potatoes, you name it!
Afterwards we ordered a round of long black coffees. It was a nice strong coffee.
Everyone had a great time, we all felt pretty relaxed in the surroundings of the cidery. Staff service was excellent and I know we’ll be back!
While bookings for tables are necessary over the weekends, there are some chairs under the fruit trees for walk ins, and the canteen style bar downstairs makes it easy to order a drink and some food.We’ve stopped by a couple of times and it’s a nice reward following mountain biking the Kalamunda trails nearby. Albeit we feel a bit out of place in our dusty biking clothes among the other well dressed patrons, but the spots under the trees are a good casual retreat 🙂
The $15.00 tasting paddle is always a good idea when you can’t decide or simply want to try a bit of everything. There is a good variety of ciders from sweet to dry to sparkling. I really liked the dry traditional pear and apple- core reactor, as well as the flavour of the month which was served in an additional glass, from memory, a ginger cider. The sparkling lemon had a real zest taste and at 8% alcohol contents it’s a strong one. The sweet sparkling pear – peace core is a mild 3.5% of alcohol.
If you happen to be tackling the Munda Biddi trail, it actually runs past CORE to the rear of the property. Be sure to stop by for crisp cold cider!
I am really excited about the Bickley area and what it has to offer in the way of small boutique wines and food. If you find yourself to be a a tourist or local that never knew this area existed, Explore Tours Perth run a Bickley Valley Day Tour – http://www.exploretoursperth.com.au/explore/bickley-valley/
Website – http://www.corecider.com.au/