Warm, friendly Cider House
First impressions of the Cider House are cool wood and lime green. It’s got a freshness about it which is summery and spacious, even on a chilly winter day when the fog is yet to lift. There were no other diners when we first arrived but the fire was going and we were invited to take a seat in front of it. Room was made for the sleeping baby in a pram as we settled in to read the menu. A bit annoyingly, the specials were on a board outside and although they were repeated to us as we walked in, no-one was willing to make the excursion into the cold just to run through them again.
The Cider House has a cabinet packed full of scrummy looking goodies including chunky cheese rolls and a vegetable stack that looked to die for. However, two of us had already been smitten by one of the specials, a warm chicken salad $15, its name capturing that feeling of warmth and freshness the cafe seemed to capture. It arrived with plenty of greens, a touch of avocado, some brie, carrots and capsicum but, cold chicken. It was cooked. Disappointingly, it was not warm. The dish was also quite bland and would easily have been brought to
The Cider House, Cromwell. life with a flavoursome dressing. Emma loved her pasta – a bacon, mushroom and creamy basil pesto concoction ($16.50), which was just the right amount and not too rich, while Jess also enjoyed her steak sandwich ($15.50) which came with bacon, egg, lots of salad and a decent chunk of steak (which was a tad tough). The are plenty of other options on the menu including eggs benedict ($16.50 with bacon or $19.50 with salmon), pancakes ($14), BLTs ($13.50), nachos ($14.50) as well as a page of wood-fired, 12-inch pizzas to choose from (from $20 to $24). I would be tempted to give them a go next time.
Staff on the day were the husband and wife owners and they were kept pretty busy doing everything, from taking orders to cooking and looking after their guests. They were always ready with a smile and eager to please. Our coffees arrived quickly on our arrival. However, it was a long wait for lunch – understandable as more guests moved in probably stretching resources.
Friendly, fresh, inviting, warm, The Cider House Cafe and Bar is a comfortable place to be with friends, family, kids and even for a work meeting.
Dressing required: Warm chicken salad.