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Published April 26th 2015
Have you tried hot cider?
If you are seeking an inviting and cosy winter catch-up location, Cider House could be it.
As the name suggests, cider is the speciality and you can chose from a range of local, international, independent and award-winning ciders. There are 14 ciders on tap and 40 bottled varieties. During the winter months, you may want to try the hot cider.
Spirits, wine, cocktails, beer and soft drinks are also available.
There is a rustic wood panelled lounge area and restaurant and a cocktail lounge for function bookings. According to the website, there is a secret cider garden too, although I didn't see this on my visit as was happy to stay inside out of the cold. The vibe is relaxed, casual dining and the service very friendly and attentive. I made an online booking and was called immediately to confirm the table. All that is missing is a fire!
The restaurant menu, described as modern Australian, suits groups as there is a real variety, including traditional pub meals, vegetarian and vegan options and from the "Meals that Heal" range, healthy options (think healthy, seasonal, organic superfoods). The menu is clearly coded so you can pick the appropriate option.
We ordered from the restaurant menu and there is also a banquet menu and set menu. Currently, between Tuesday and Thursday, street foods can be bought for $10 a dish from the Feast Menu alongside drinks specials.
Portion sizes are large and we were all very pleased with our meals, with the apple pie being the standout. Whilst they did not have one of the menu options, they did modify a different meal to allow me to have the noodle stir fry I ordered, which I appreciated. Main meals are around $15 to $20 and deserts around $12.
I would definitively return and see if I can sample the charms of the garden once summer comes back.