This Cider House rules
Did you know that although it was once assumed that cider was introduced after the Norman Conquest it is now believed to have been around long before that? Ben Day, co owner of Brunswick’s Cider House did. He’s a cider enthusiast and a bit of an expert, though don’t call him that, he’s far too modest to own that title.
Taking up residence in a building that has seen many a change of venue, he, along with his wife and brother-in-law, have reinvented and rebranded a product which they believe Brunswick Street really needed.
As the name suggests, Cider House specialises in cider, concentrating on craft ciders from locally brewed and independent suppliers. But they also serve craft beer, wine, spirits (cocktail anyone?) and food. With a ‘social atmosphere’ in mind, the idea for a grazing menu came to fruition, a tapas style selection of modern Australian offerings. Choose individual grazing options such as the salt cod croquettes with garlic aioli, or perhaps the Cider House Burger (a felafel option the perfect alternative for vegetarians).
Ben describes the fit out as ‘modern industrial cellar door; a space that is approachable for everyone’, and it appears the locals agree. Heading into its third month, locals have been overheard saying that it is like Cider House has always been there. And with their extensive cider knowledge, appreciation of craft beers, wine, quality food and an upstairs bar area with a more lounged based feel due to open any day, we think Cider House is taking up residence here for good!
Where: 386-388 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Phone: 03 9415 6142
Open: Tues-Sun 12pm-late