There is very little that Core Cider House in Pickering Brook doesn’t offer and what it does serve up is refreshingly light and crisp. Yes that’s totally a cider pun.
The laughs keep on rolling with Cores rather unique promotional videos involving a bit of cross dressing and a questionable use of apples. But good news, despite the poor puns and dodgy fruit fetishes, Core Cider House is the perfect location for a family day out.
The drive through the gorgeous Bickley Valley is a delight and the actual grounds of Core itself are breathtaking. Apple orchards as far as the eye can see and a fantastic grassed area that even when it is chock a block full of patrons, still has plenty of spots to park up and enjoy the splendor.
Wherever you choose to eat will be amazing but there are a few options. There is a fabulous outdoor alfresco area with plenty of shady seating options or go picnic style on the huge grassed open space. There is no table service if you choose the latter but you can collect your food from the bar along with the tasty beverages (I highly recommend the "adult" ginger beer. Yummo.)
The restaurant serves up the same delicious fare but with some unbelievable views in a gorgeous tree house setting.
Children are catered for and most welcome at the Core. The “Lil’ Tikes” menu is packed with fresh, tasty goodies that even I struggled to keep my chicken stealing fingers off a plate of homemade nuggets.
The crispy brie, honey chorizo and duck liver pate is also amongst the faves, which unfortunately was rapidly mowed from our order! Suffice to say our kids are always satiated with quality food.
Of course there is the divine apple juice available to children with the option of sparkling! We ordered their version of a chocolate milkshake (which was more like an iced chocolate) which came out like a chocolate volcano dream.
The lunch menu provides the drool factor with the pork belly braised in cider glaze a particularly magical meal to devour. Actually having been here for a lunch, a long weekend event, a wedding and even on a quiet week day the food is always amazing as is the service, even when staff are flat out.
The grounds really are like taking a mini getaway with so much open space and stunning views.
Try your hand at Bocce on the custom made pit or get a group together for a light match of tug of war.
There are pimped up carts and cars you can pile the kids in and push around the grounds or just pull up a piece of the lush grass and watch the kids play on the amazing playground set.
Don’t forget to pose with the tractor for a family snap but most of all enjoy the cider!