The Perth Hills are home to some brilliantly family friendly spots! Naked Apple Cider House in Karragullen, is found in between Pickering Brook and Roleystone. Naked Apple Cider has been around for a while, first appearing at food and cider festivals, then opening their venue in 2018. As well as cider, there is also the Bickley Valley Brewery’s beers on tap. And there’s tea, coffee, soft drinks and their own house made apple juice.
There are lots of seating options, mainly outside, amongst the gum trees. It’s always best to phone ahead, as Naked APple often gets fully booked on weekends. Sit on the deck, on the covered veranda/patio area or inside the cosy cottage.
A lot of the seating is close to the playground, making it easy to keep an eye on your kids playing. During school holidays, there is often a bouncy castle here too.
The popular venue’s menu is made up of small plates perfect for sharing, and something a bit more substantial like steak sandwiches, pasta, burgers, that sort of thing. I loved the huge and crispy porchetta ($35). The generous serve of Italian spiced rolled pork roast, complete with crunchy crackling, is served with Paris mash, sautéed baby spinach and a rich pork jus. The delish dish is perfect for BIG appetites.
The kids menu has good choices for lunch and dinner, including pasta, popcorn chicken and burgers. Kids meals are priced between $10 and $12. With the promise of a play on the playground and exploring the gardens, kids are sure to wolf down their food! Little Chef is growing out of kids menus, so chose the chicken burger from the main menu – but the kids food looks very good. High chairs are available for little ones too.
For kids there’s also colouring in and activities to keep little hands busy at the dining table.
There is extensive gardens to explore as well as a modern playground. The grounds at Naked Apple are lovely.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you turn another corner and discover something new! There are a few ponds and water features around, so be mindful of those with toddlers.
The playground has a wood chip base, and is set amongst natural bushland, giving it partial shade at some times of the day.
There’s something for children of all ages. Swings, slides and lots of climbing – based equipment.
We thought the Modern Australian style food is very tasty, fresh and well-priced. Little Chef loved to explore the grounds at Naked Apple Cider House and there’s good food, drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. What a gem!
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