Core Cider House, Pickering Brook

Core Cider House

Living in the beautiful Perth Hills, we’ve been enjoying the growing food and drink scene in the Bickley Valley, found just minutes from Kalamunda. Neighbouring Pickering Brook has been home to orchards for generations and so it’s no wonder that Core Cider House popped up there about five or six years ago.

The Core Cider House is a favourite of ours. We’ll often drop by for a cheeky drink of apple or pear cider in the gorgeous “cider garden”, sometimes stopping by for lunch or simply having a bowl of wedges or a platter to share.

Core Cider House

The Cider House is in a picturesque setting and the type of place you could easily spend a few hours on a sunny day. We were entertaining family from the UK, and found a pear-fect spot in the lush gardens, at a table on the shaded patio.

Core Cider House

You can also sit up in the dining room, which has sweeping views of the tree covered hills, full table service and a more extensive lunch menu which includes gnocchi, burgers and steak.

Core Cider House


The ciders are excellent at Core. You’ll find dry ciders, like “Hard Core”. The sparkling pear “Peace Core” is my favourite. There’s quite a range of ciders available, including a traditional scrumpy coming soon, as well as a sparkling lemon drink called “Pith’d”. There’s beer, coffee, tea and soft drinks for non-cider drinkers. My tip for first-time visitors is to get the tasting paddle and choose your favourite from there. There’s also a new cellar door under construction, due to open Feb 2018.

Core Cider House


We ordered from the casual garden menu at the outside bar and were given a buzzer, which would alert us when our food was ready to collect. The adults in our group shared a platter, pizza and some loaded fries.

Core Cider House

Farmer John’s Board ($40) is brimming with smoked chicken, salami, olives, sweet drop peppers, apple, farmhouse cheddar, sourdough bread, pear and core spicy plum sauce. It was a good size for 2 to 4 adults to graze on, with sides. The tiny sweet drop peppers were a big hit – we’d never tried those before.

Core Cider House

The loaded fries ($14), topped with pulled pork and melted cheese was delicious.

Core Cider House

We also ordered a roast pork belly pizza ($23), which was topped with plenty of tasty pork, pickled plum, caramelized onion, gorgonzola cheese and wild rocket.

Core Cider House

For the grandkids there’s an under 12’s menu with four options including fish and chips, tomato pasta, pork slider and grilled chicken with creamy mash and green beans, all for $10.

Core Cider House

We all enjoyed the food and believe me, it can be hard to please eight people! It was tasty, well-cooked and bursting with local produce. The Sunday Session is a good time to visit, as there’s live musical entertainment in the garden.


Core is a very busy venue and all the staff looked run off their feet. Usually the service is fine, but on this occasion, our pizza was forgotten and I had to follow it up twice.

Afterwards, our grandkids enjoyed running around on the lawn under the fruit trees. There’s a metal playground, as well as a new nature playground. The kiddies loved playing on the core tractor too! On the opposite side of the gardens is a sandpit.

Core Cider House

Adults can enjoy a traditional game of bocce.

Core Cider House

All In All

This gem, set amongst shady orchards, is well worth a weekend drive “up the hill”. Throw down a picnic rug amongst the fruit trees, or grab a table – bookings are recommended at this very busy spot. We would definitely go back, again and again.

Core Cider House

The Details

Address: 35 Merrivale Rd, Pickering Brook, Perth.

Phone: 9293 7583


Disabled Access: Yes – parking and toilets. For ACROD and convenient drop offs use FIRST entrance off Merrivale Rd (follow signs).

Parking: The main carpark is gravelled and on a slight slope.

Grandchild friendly: Very! Kids menu, playground, sandpit, colouring in and more.

About Stella B

Stella is loving retirement! Besides her loves of gardening, reading and painting, she adores spending time with her family and being out and about in Perth. Living in the Perth Hills, her time is often spent brunching with her husband at one of Kalamunda’s many cafes or enjoying a food platter over a glass of wine at a Bickley Valley winery.

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