Rich with history, award-winning wine and gourmet artisan goods, Guildford and the Swan Valley are go-to locations for wine tours and sunny weekend family lunches. On the occasional drizzly days, when alfresco lunches overlooking the sweeping vineyards are off the cards, the wine region also offers cosy dinners by crackling fireplaces in stunning heritage buildings – some are even said to be haunted!
The Rose & Crown Hotel
As the oldest hotel in WA, The Rose & Crown Hotel holds no shortage of heritage charm as well as ghostly stories within its almost 180-year-old walls. It is believed by many locals that the spirits of convicts and former publicans roam the corridors and the cellar of the venue. But don’t let that scare you from dining at the hotel’s 1841 restaurant, which features classically-inspired décor and two open fireplaces. After enjoying a hearty meal, head down to The Cellar where you will find an extensive wine list and an old well believed to have been used for making illegal grog. You can make a booking here.
Open 7 days a week
105 Swan Street, Guildford
The Guildford Hotel
With a stunning heritage belvedere tower, exposed brickwork and brass finishes, The Guildford Hotel is a much-loved local pub that was restored to its former glory in 2016 after it was gutted by fire. Perfect for after-work drinks, family meals and special events in their stylish upstairs function space, this heritage-listed venue is a top choice for a casual dinner by the fire. The Guildford welcomes walk-ins, but also take bookings here.
Open Monday to Thursday, 12pm – 8pm; Friday to Saturday, 11am – 11pm; Sunday, 11am – 9pm
159 James Street, Guildford
The Abbey at Chesters
Originally a fruit drying shed built in 1890, and later a stable, The Abbey is a homely restaurant off West Swan Road that serves Belgian beers, good hearty food and Heafod Glen wines. Paying homage to the building’s history, The Abbey retained its original bush pole columns and even went as far as using the property’s old stable stall boards to make every single dining table and chair. You can a booking for your next cosy meal out in the valley here.
Open Wednesday/Thursday, 10-4pm; Friday, 10-9pm; Sat, 8.30 to 9pm; Sun, 8.30 to 5pm
8691 West Swan Road, Henley Brook WA 6055
The Tap at Chapel Farm
Boasting open fires, tapas, woodfired pizzas and an extensive wine list, The Tap at Chapel Farm is a charming Victorian homestead-turned-bar surrounded by beautiful native plants. Featuring a stunning 100-year-old Sugar Gum tree and two resident Alpacas, Chapel Farm is a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and offers beautiful natural scenery to enjoy as you wind down with a drink in hand. On those crisper evenings, guests are invited to sink into a sofa and sip on a cocktail or one of The Tap’s many international and local beers. You can find booking information here.
Open Friday/Saturday, 12pm to 8pm; Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
231 Toodyay Road, Middle Swan
Padbury’s Café and Restaurant
Housed in one of Guildford’s oldest surviving commercial and residential buildings, Padbury’s focuses on serving fresh, seasonal food. This cosy heritage-listed restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal paired with the local wines from the Valley. Padbury’s also offers amazing breakfasts and high-teas with sweet treats made by their in-house pastry chef. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, bookings are essential – you can make yours here.
Open everyday, 7am to 3pm (Dinner Friday and Saturday only)
114 Terrace Road, Guildford