The Packing Shed, Bickley Valley

The Bickley Valley area of the Perth Hills is fast becoming a must go weekend destination. There’s wineries, cafes, mini golf and the popular Core Cider House. To me, the spot nestled just behind Kalamunda is a far prettier drive than the Swan Valley, with its native bushland, winding roads and green rolling hills covered in vineyards and orchards, giving it a real country feel.IMG_9659

The Packing Shed opened up earlier this year. Found at one of Bickley Valley’s vineyards, Lawnbrook Estate, the rustic eatery is a peaceful spot for brunch or lunch all year round.IMG_9668

We’ve previously been there on a sunny day and sat on the patio with a glass of wine.IMG_6679

Little Chef loved to run around on the expansive lawns.IMG_9653

This time we visited for brunch, we spent a winter’s morning sitting inside, by the roaring log fire.IMG_9661

The staff are always welcoming and friendly. The coffee is very good too.IMG_9624

The brunch cut off is 11.30am, but there are a few breakfast dishes that make it onto the lunch menu for late-risers. My top brekkie pick has to be the shakshouka. It’s one of my all-time favourite brunch dishes and the Packing Shed’s version of eggs baked in a spicy Moroccan tomato sauce is very tasty and the fresh bread is perfect for dunking! IMG_6691

I also enjoyed the corn fritters with Sriracha mayo ($12). These were crisp and bursting with Indian flavours, they reminded me of onion bahajis. The creamy mayo added a little spice, but it wasn’t overpowering. It’s light, good for if you’re not feeling like something massive to eat. I picked this dish from the gluten free options and added a poached egg too.IMG_9630

The beef brisket sliders ($18) with pickles, Swiss cheese and wilted rocket is from their lunch menu and were enjoyed by my Dad.IMG_9633

Both times I’ve visited, my Mum chose the quiche and salad ($14.50). She always raves about it. The side salad is really tasty and well made, certainly no afterthought and the quiche type changes often. Mum also devoured the pumpkin quiche.IMG_6689

Kids are well catered for, with a corner with some books, colouring in and a few games. There’s high chairs for little ones too. On the kids menu you’ll find a few tasty options and Little Chef chose the platter. A brilliant idea, as children love to graze, but something I haven’t often seen on menus. This platter included a home made sausage roll, cheese and crackers, apple, grapes and a chocolate chip cookie. It is quite the feast! IMG_9625

The Packing Shed is well worth a visit. It’s a great spot to start off an afternoon of vineyard hopping in the Bickley Valley with a full tummy!IMG_6700

And be sure to check out the Lawnbrook Estate wines when you’re there too. The Packing Shed is perfect for spending a couple of hours on a lazy weekend. Whether you’re an early riser or prefer a glass of vino and a platter. IMG_9667

The Packing Shed is open Friday to Sunday.IMG_9671

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