Set in a picturesque orchard in rural Cowichan, Merridale is known primarily for our wide selection of artisanal, made-on-the-premises ciders and, more recently, spirits. The farm is also home to an al fresco eatery, lounge, tasting bar, store, and brick oven bakery. We like to think of ourselves as a delicious destination. A place where you can be introduced to all we do, and you know, kind of fall in love with us. Or at least that is our hope. We welcome you to tour, to taste, to eat, to learn, to relax, and above all, to have fun. We invite everyone - Kids and dogs, too! And please remember we love to host parties. If you are looking to host an event or wedding, contact our team.
Here at Merridale, everything starts in the orchard. Our ciders and spirits are made from 100% BC-grown fruit, and we carry that philosophy into our Eatery. Overlooking the orchard meadow, our Eatery offers casual, pub-style comfort food. Our menus feature our own homemade sauces and dressings, cured meats and sausages, cider-leavened bread and fresh pastries baked in our brick oven. That same oven is what we use to prepare delicious, handmade pizzas on our legendary Pizza Nights, held every Sunday in the summer months. In the fall and spring, we regularly host themed dinners and other special events. We also offer a wide variety of house-made delectables and other merchandise for you to take home. Merridale’s Eatery is where all our offerings come together sumptuously: outstanding BC-made food, drink and ambiance. Our Eatery is open seven days a week.
We always profile BC food – 7 days a week! Most of the items we offer on our menu are made fresh in-house, including all our ciders, spirits, simple syrups for cocktails, baked goods, smoked and cured meats, pickled vegetables, mustard, dressings, and more. Our baked goods are made using cider yeast as a leavening agent. All ciders are made in-house with apples grown in our orchard and fermented in our cellar. We use honey from bees raised on the property in our Cyser Cider!
Our spirits are made from 100% BC fruit and botanicals, and are distilled and aged in our distillery at the farm. Where possible, garnishes for cocktails are picked from our herb garden and simple syrups are made in-house. We serve only BC wine and beer, local Drumroaster Coffee, and Phillips Craft Sodas from Victoria.
From the food menu: Charcuterie & Cheese Board ~ 22 House cured meats, cheese, apple onion chutney, Cyser mustard, assorted pickles, brock oven bread, fruit and nut crackers – we make everything in-house except the cheese!
Bangers & Mash ~ 16 Two house made sausages, Yukon potato mash, caramelized onion and thyme gravy – the pork for our house-made sausages comes from the Fraser Valley
Merridale House Salad ~ 14 Mixed greens, cider poached pears, feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinaigrette – we poach the pears in-house and make the salad dressing in-house
Scrumpy Chicken Pot Pie ~ 16 Creamy chicken and vegetable filling with pearl onions, green peas, house made pastry, choice of side – we use local Farmhouse Chicken and of course our own Scrumpy Cider in this signature dish
Apple & Brie Melt ~ 15 Merridale apple butter, berries, roasted apples, brie cheese, and honey, served on sourdough with dressed greens – apple butter and sourdough are made in-house, the brie cheese comes from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Brunch Menu – eggs are from Farmer Ben’s in the Cowichan Valley Farmhouse Breakfast ~ 13 2 eggs any way, bacon or sausage, sourdough or multigrain toast with hash browns – house-smoked bacon and house-made sausage
Eggs Benedict ~ 15 Choice of house cured cider ham, smoked salmon, or sautéed mushrooms and spinach on a Merridale English muffin, hollandaise with hash browns – ham is cured in-house, salmon smoked in-house, we source our mushrooms from local Cowichan Valley foragers or on-site, English muffins are made in our bakery
Sourdough Pancakes ~ 12 Merridale sourdough starter batter, toasted hazelnuts, fruit compote, maple whip cream – the starter is made from yeast captured during the cider-making process
Most of the house-made items mentioned above are also available to purchase and take home from our Farm Store, including simple syrups, honey, jams and chutneys, crackers, apple butter, apple cider vinegar, and more.