You’ve no doubt heard of and probably visited the Swan Valley, but have you checked out Guildford?
Established in 1829, it has some of Western Australia’s oldest history and it’s right on Perth’s doorstop.
You can easily spend a day wandering around the quaint town, taking in the historic buildings and strolling along one of the 4 heritage trails winding through the streets.
However what I love so much about Guildford are the numerous bars and restaurants to suit any occasion and any crowd – here are just a few to check out next time you visit Guildford.
Rose and Crown
The picturesque Rose and Crown is not only has a gorgeous setting but is the oldest hotel in Western Australia. It’s also the 3rd oldest licensed hotel in Australia! It has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, including a haunted underground cellar which can be hired for parties and functions – if you’re brave enough!
They have an in-house pastry chef so if you’re dreaming of a proper afternoon tea, you won’t be disappointed at the Rose and Crown.
Guildford Milk Bar
A popular little breakfast & lunch café in Guildford, the Guildford Milk Bar does a mean all-day breakfast. They also have a great selection of Asian dishes on offer. Like a bit of heat in your food? Ask for their secret chilli to be added to your dish! If you’re after a quick bite to eat while on the run, they do a range of take away options too.
The Guildford Hotel
The refurbished, The Guildford Hotel is a pub and bar which wouldn’t look out of place in a trendy CBD location. It was the victim of a fire back in 2008 and as part of the rebuild, they’ve managed to retain some of the charred beams in the floor, original fireplaces and doors too.
The drinks menu includes 18 beers on tap as well as bottled beer options and an extensive wine list that focuses on local wines from the Swan Valley and across WA.
Padburys Cafe Restaurant is a Guildford institution.
No visit to the town is complete without a sumptuous brunch, afternoon tea or even a dinner at this historic building. The building is heritage listed which gives it a quaint feel, and the menu features brekkie favourites like smashed avo and their own specialities such as the delicious Padbury’s Hash.
There are even sharing boards on the dinner menu and a well-priced kids menu too.
Padbury’s is perfect for any time and any occassion.
Located in the heart of Guildford is Jezebelle, a Spanish tapas restaurant offering breakfast on weekends. They have a great selection of dishes and also do an 8-course tapas menu for just $30.
Want more? Their 10-course tapas menu should keep you going, and all for just $40 per person.
Their liquid desserts menu is not to be missed either! Kahlua hot chocolate? Yes please!
Little Guildford describes itself as a modern Australian café in rustic-chic surroundings.
They’re open for brunch all week and recently started opening for dinner Thursdays to Saturdays. For something a bit different, try their Breakfast Burrito – scrambled eggs, chorizo and bacon wrapped in a toasted burrito, with guacamole and tabasco on the side.
Just off the streets of Guildford, you will find a new hidden gem – Little Vines.
Just when you thought Guildford couldn’t get any better a sneaky venue popped up.
Serving up delicious local produce paired with local beers and wine, the Little Vines is the perfect place to enjoy the late afternoon sun or take in the stars under the vines.
If you’re into your burgers, then you can’t go past Alfred’s Kitchen.
It’s recently become even more family friendly with the addition of a restored train carriage and courtyard for extra seating. It’s the longest running roadside burger kitchen in Perth – it’s been operating since 1946!
Alfred’s is a WA icon and if you haven’t tried an Alfred’s burger yet then I suggest you better get to it!
Chocolate Chilli Pork Company
Possibly the hidden gem of Guildford is the Chocolate Chilli Pork Company.
Not only can they cater and bring the delicious food to you, the Chocolate Chilli Pork Company also specialise in degustations Thursday to Saturday night at the Guildford shop.
A unique treat you will be sure to love.
Louie’s Pizza & Grill
Situated on the Swan Street strip, Louie’s Pizza & Grill is a more recent addition to the Guildford scene. It’s alfresco dining gives you the chance to sit and watch Guildford go by and on cold winters night you can keep warm near the fire – just like at Alfred’s.
As for the pizza?
Their pizza oven was imported from Italy and the dough is made fresh daily, so if you’re looking for an authentic Italian pizza experience, you can’t go wrong with Louie’s. Hands down some of the best pizza in Perth.
You may not have heard of Maddison Cottage in Guildford, but it is the ideal setting to indulge in high tea. It has an eclectic vibe, with floral china and indulgent morsels to feast on.
Charged at $34 per person Tuesday to Friday, and $38 on Saturday and Sunday.
Everything is uniquely 100% home-baked, and you can taste the love in every bite – which adds even more charm to the experience.
Want more High Tea?
Read more: 12 of the hottest high teas to hit up in Perth.
Hop on Hop Off Swan Valley Bus Tours
Guildford Station is the start and finish line for the Swan Valley Hop on Hop off bus tours.
The Swan Valley hop on hop off service is the best thing to come to the Swan Valley since…
The buses run on a reduced frequency Monday-Tuesday but will operate every 30 minutes from Wednesday to Sunday, timed to meet with connecting train services at Guildford.
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