Summer dining in the Valley

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Published on 22 December 2021

by Martin Eade

Summer is finally here and it’s a beautiful time of year to take in all the Swan Valley has to offer. Our fantastic wineries and breweries may be the star attractions but there’s plenty of good food to enjoy during a day in the valley or neighbouring Guildford. It’s also important to stay fed on those hot days when the wine, beer and cider can go down a little too easily…

Here are our suggestions for some great summer dishes and places to visit.

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A Swan Valley institution, Taylor’s Cafe is under new management but it’s still a great place to start your day with a good breakfast, or a lunch stop in the middle of a wine tour.

Our favourite breakfast dish is the chilli scrambled eggs with house-made red pepper sambal, crispy fried shallots, bacon and a perfect flaky roti. It might not sound summery, but this dish is perfectly spiced and not too heavy. It’s not a dish for weight watchers, but who calorie counts on a day in the Valley?

Taylor’s is also a great place for a caffeine fix with coffee from Melbourne roaster Locale.

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The Valley’s newest addition is also one of Perth’s most exciting new restaurants. Helmed by head chef Rohan Park – best known from his work with Fervor and Fleur – Old Young’s Kitchen is located right next door to the tasting rooms of Old Young’s Distillery, a likely stop on your Swan Valley tour if you like spirits.

Focusing on indigenous ingredients, expect to find dishes such as crocodile chorizo, emu tartare and the best croquettes you’ll ever eat. The cocktails are amazing – Old Young’s Pavlova Vodka is a popular ingredient in cocktails all over town.

Our pick for a summer dish? The scallop crudo with fermented loquat, bois boudran, kefir and native lemongrass.

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Sandalford Wines

Sandalford is a historic, award-winning winery with a genesis that dates all the way back to 1840. One of Australia’s most sustainable wineries, Sandalford creates today’s collection of Prendiville, Estate Reserve, Margaret River Range, Element and the new Swan Valley-focussed 1840 range from two fertile vineyards. It’s an essential stop on any tour of the Valley, and also home to one of its best restaurants.

Offering beautiful vineyard views, Sandalford’s restaurant offers executive chef Alan Spagnolo's outstanding dishes, incorporating fresh regional produce and innovative Australian and contemporary European cuisine. In addition to wine there’s a wide selection of cocktails, spirits, draught beer, ciders and more.

The La Delizia Latticini burrata with champagne pickled peach, honeycomb and linseed cracker is a perfect summer dish, and a great showcase of locally made burrata.

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Stella Gelato

No summer day out is complete without an icy cold treat, and the fairly newly opened Stella Gelato is the perfect way to solve that problem. A welcoming, well fitted-out cafe, Stella is a comfortable place to stop for some delicious gelato and drink.

The signature items are sundaes and waffles, in many different varieties from banoffee to Nutella. The excellent waffles are made in house. They serve also coffee, although the iced chai is our pick of the drinks.

 

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One of the Valley’s most popular producers, established in 2016. Funk now has two venue in the valley; the original Funk Cider House in Caversham and the new Funk 2.0 in Henley Brook. Both venues offer a huge range of ciders and different food menus with something for everyone.

Our pick at the original Funk Cider House is the Funk ’n’ Good Cheeseburger with a beef patty, WA Dellendale raclette, cos lettuce, pickles, tomato, relish and aioli.

What better way to enjoy a day in the valley than a great burger and a glass of cider. Try the new lemon and tropical sour varieties for the ultimate in summer refreshment!

 
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