Published on 13 July 2021
by Martin Eade
Winter is a wonderful time in the Swan Valley. The wineries, breweries and restaurants are still open and visitors will be met with wood fires, mulled wine and hearty winter fare to help make any chilly day an enjoyable one.
We've been for a trip around the Swan Valley checking out the winter menus – here’s some of the best dishes we could find to keep you warm on a winter’s day exploring the Valley.
Starting at Oakover Grounds we have a brilliant take on classic bangers and mash. This generous plate of pork and fennel sausages with soft truffelino cheddar mash, tomato chutney and a rich roast shallot jus is the perfect lunchtime dish.
Other suitably warming dishes include baked brie with honeycomb, confit duck and pork sausage cassoulet, and a substantial Kerrigan Valley beef burger.
Of course, there are plenty of Oakover wines to enjoy with your lunch, and coffee from Fiori if you need some extra warmth. Stock up on goodies from European Foods’ Swan Valley Marketplace on your out way out and you’re all set for dinner as well.
No list of wintery dishes would be complete without a chicken parmi, and this one from the Guildford Hotel comes with a twist. The addition of ham can sometimes be a controversial one, but they've taken it further and added pulled pork! If the chicken wasn’t generous enough to start this, add chips and salad for a huge portion.
Other great wintery dishes on the menu include a beef-brisket shepherd’s pie and old-school cob loaf filled with garlic and cheese.
Funk Cider's second venue in Henley Brook, Funk 2.0, is described as a “fermentation playground” and is home to WA’s largest beer tap, with 18 taps serving ciders, beers and project hybrids.
Funk 2.0 also serves a great selection of pub food, offering a range of share plates and main meals to fit every taste and appetite.
Our idea of a perfect start to any winter’s trip to Funk is their baked brie cobb loaf, which pairs beautifully with Funk’s saison cider. Follow Funk 2.0’s social media channels for hearty weekend specials such as beef cheeks with mash.
The Henley Brook is a welcoming, family-friendly venue that serves a great range of drinks and food, with an outside pizza oven to keep things warm and toasty through the winter months.
Sometimes you just want a hot snack to go with a drink (or while waiting for your pizza!) and The Hen’s Reuben croquettes do the trick perfectly. Corned beef, swiss cheese and potato in a crisp rye crumb, served with sauerkraut and a Russian dressing.
Keep an eye out for their daily specials including taco Tuesday and half price pizzas all day every Thursday
There's plenty of fine dining to be had around the Swan Valley, and Riverbank Estate has pulled together a fantastic winter menu.
Our pick is the Braised Murray Valley pork belly, Japanese pumpkin chutney, fried goat cheese and rocket ravioli, heirloom carrots, Madeira wine sauce.
Any winter meal needs to finish with some kind of pudding, and Riverbank's mixed berry and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream fits the bill perfectly.