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Address: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0, Canada
Phone Number: +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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Amazing Cider tasting experience

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Debbie_Michael
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 18 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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23 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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Thank BroadenYrHorizons
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 

Edmonton, Canada
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Another place we always visit when on the Island. Always try the sample session as there are many varieties of cider, once tasted you will be in a better position to purchase the ones you like. A good bistro is on site with a varied selection of food and drink. We visited here twice in 5 days and enjoyed both... More 

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

Thank you for this great review of Merridale! Our tasting bar is very helpful in choosing what Merridale products you want to purchase as you can do tastings of our craft ciders, spirits, or brandies and fortifieds. Especially with the bistro on site, it’s easy to let time get away from you and spend the whole afternoon on the patio.... More 

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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Nice selection of ciders, from dry to semi-sweet, in a beautiful setting. Hard to find if you don't know the area, but well worth the visit.

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

Thank you for taking the time to post this review of Merridale. Sometimes it can be a challenge navigating Cobble Hill, BC, and the surrounding Cowichan Valley. We would love to put up more signage, but unfortunately we are not allowed. Thank you for finding us! Our craft cider tastings are a perfect way to try our variety of ciders... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

When we arrived we thought we would have taken the self guided tour but since it was very hot out, we opted not to. We did do a cider tasting. The knowledge and friendly staff were wonderful and very helpful in choosing ciders to buy. Would recommend and visit again when in the area.

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

Thank you for this wonderful review of Merridale! We are glad you had such a great experience trying our craft ciders. You’ll have to join us again to try our spirits and fortified ciders, or settle in for the afternoon in the Merridale bistro. We do our best to educate our staff on our products, but we can’t teach the... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on our way down to Victoria for a Bachelorette. We were a group of 12 that reserved in advance. The food was great and we were well taken care of. Most of us really enjoyed the Scrumpy and very Berry ciders. The atmosphere and the grounds are lovely. Overall a very enjoyable experience!!

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

We’re so glad your group enjoyed your time here at Merridale. Thank you for this positive review. It’s always fun for us too to have bachelorette groups visit. Next time you’re in, you’ll not only have to taste our ciders, but try our specialty cocktail flight as well. We also have a picnic option available if you join us again... More 

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