We recently found ourselves in limbo in the Swan Valley. Too late for a sit down lunch and too early to call it a day and return to all the domestic delights awaiting us at home. So we tried the Mandoon Estate Homestead for a bite to eat and whetting of the whistle.
First impressions were to do a lap around the grounds and drive right on out. It was packed! There were cars everywhere, tour buses and people scattered every which way. After a bit of persuasion I convinced my husband to try our luck and possibly use the facilities for our daughter who was doing the “I gotta go now” dance in the back seat.
Queuing in a line to the toilets wasn’t a huge highlight, but there did seem to be a few weddings and other functions on so perhaps there are other ablution options on quieter days.
My daughter could’ve cared less as she happily chatted away to fellow queue-ees (it appeared to be Australia’s next top models day out). To their credit they patiently took her somewhat scathing fashion critique and even let her jump the queue.
So after some mumbled apologies we made our way to “The Delicatessen”.
Schools of Early Learning offer education and care for children aged 6 months to 6 years.
On entering we were greeted with a great assortment of cold meats, cheeses, pates, jams, baked goods and lots of other delicious goodies. This is a lovely idea and when out and about is exactly the kind of food we crave especially to wind down the day.
The deli platter was a good mix of everything they had to offer with a choice of meats, seafood and other platter options that varied in cost. If the platters don’t suit there is the option to mix and match your own, though this can be pricier.
The food was exceptionally delicious as were the drinks we ordered to wash it all down with.
There is also a menu “For the little people” which had a lovely assortment but unfortunately for us not too many gluten free options. There was however some staff walking around the grounds selling hot wedges which the kids were more than happy to devour.
Outside near the bar was a carvery serving up amazing slow cooked meat but unfortunately they had run out by the time we got there. But as I said, this day was super busy. There was also a pizza oven serving up some delicious looking pizzas too.
The grounds are exquisite with wooden tables scattered around and plenty of opportunity for long table lunches with family and friends. You could quite easily spend half a day here.
Kids have plenty of space to frolic and there is a fantastic playground that will no doubt keep all ages busy for hours.
The Homestead is part of the Mandoon Estate. It’s a little confusing with the names but the outdoor grassed area is basically the Homestead Brewery beer garden. We went for a wander past the brewery restaurant and it looked like an awesome spot for a more substantial meal. Perhaps next time.
This was a delightful find in the Swan Valley along the river. Perfect for a casual sit down lunch or a picnic on the lovely lawns while the kids play.