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Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
Phone Number: 18009989908
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Wonderful Cider House in a Beautiful Setting!

We planned our visit with friends to coincide with lunch and enjoyed both the food and a cider tasting. I have to admit I prefer wine to cider, but Merridale has a wide range of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned our visit with friends to coincide with lunch and enjoyed both the food and a cider tasting. I have to admit I prefer wine to cider, but Merridale has a wide range of cider and the very dry cider was right to my taste. We also tried one of their cocktail flights...very tasty! We were also lucky enough... More 

Thank Jan C
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have enjoyed Merridale with my husband, with a couple friends or as a big organized group/tour. The grounds are lovely, very tranquil in the countryside. The atmosphere is joyful, most people are pretty darn happy, especially after a tasting! Don't miss out on this gem in the Cowichan Valley!

Thank Jody J
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Merridale Cider is a well kept place. Grounds are nice and orderly. Staff concentrates on groups or high end purchasers, couples can wait. Very chatty. Purchased a Merri Berri and a Cyser. Both were fair.

Thank yankeclipper
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank-you Ronnie, Matt and Jackie for your awesome hospitality to our group of 10 wine-touring ladies. You were our first stop and our best stop! The grounds at Merridale are absolutely stunning, the cider delicious, and the kind and fun staff are just the cherry on top. I've been many times and plan to be many more. Thanks again!

Thank rlevson
Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Thenrix
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 639 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 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.

Thank operalover939
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 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 

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 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!

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 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.

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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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 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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