Mandoon Estate is a huge winery in the Swan valley that has Margaret River vibes. At Mandoon there’s a fine dining restaurant, cellar door, boutique accommodation, an art gallery and our favourite Homestead Brewery.
The Homestead Brewery offers a casual atmosphere with tables on the veranda overlooking the lush vineyard, inside dining by the bar and huge open fireplace…
as well as a massive beer garden out the back!
The big beer garden features a well-equipped, fenced, gated and shaded playground. Next to this Is a large decked area, shaded by mature trees, making it a good spot to grab a picnic table or climb a tree!
Unfortunately, you can’t see the playground from the Brewery which means if your plan is to enjoy a relaxing meal while kids play you will need to dine in the beer garden.
On weekends the Beer Garden Bar serves drinks and food such as pizzas and a spit roast rolls.
Here there’s also a delicatessen on site that is open on weekends and that has a range of cured meats for purchase. A top tip is to take along a picnic blanket with you, to spread out on the lawn and enjoy a picnic lunch, if tables are unavailable.
The busy spot is popular with locals and tourists. We find there’s often a wait on tables, especially during the school holidays and sunny days. The waiter at the door was only too happy to find us a spot, and we didn’t mind waiting for a table. My name was put onto a waitlist and I was given a buzzer, which went off about 10-15 minutes after we arrived. We opted to sit inside the airy, modern brewery. Our food arrived, it looked delicious!
The well priced menu is varied with pub favourites like burgers and pizza, to something a bit more “meat n veg style”. We’ve enjoyed several tasty lunches at Homestead Brewery. They’re open for breakfast too. This time, were dining with my family. My mum chose a mouth-watering fish dish, with pearl cous cous.
A few people chose to share some small plates. The chiu chow sticky lamb ribs ($17), chinkiang, bok choi, sesame were so tender and tasty. The sliders and slaw were a big hit too!
Little chef had a Margarita pizza ($10) from the little people meal’s menu, which has a choice of four kids favourites. The children’s menu includes penne bolognese, fish and chips, mini burger and chips and choice of ice cream – chocolate, strawberry or vanilla.
The kids were given an activity pack while we waited for our meals.
If you want to opt for something a little bit special. The Wild Swan Restaurant, offers a fine dining experience with views over the lawn area. Here there’s a 5 or 7-course Degustation menu, as well as an a la carte menu.
And for the craft beer connoisseurs there is a good choice on tap that are brewed on-site. There’s German style lagers, a “Kaisers Choice” a German style wheat-beer, American style pale ale, IPA and cider too. The price of a pint ranges from $10 to $13.
My family and I enjoyed another visit to Homestead Brewery a very popular spot for Perth families! Homestead Brewery has all the ingredients for a relaxing weekend lunch in the Swan Valley.
Find Homestead Brewery and Mandoon Estate Restaurant at 10 Harris Road, Caversham, Perth.
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