About - Myrtleford's newest restaurant. Come experience what we have to offer
CLOSED until late June
Who We are
The newest restaurant in Myrtleford.
Located in the famous Butter Factory building in Myrtleford, The Old Factory vision is to celebrate the North East region of Victoria and the variety of local produce from throughout the area.
That is why we only source products from the local area and use them with our cooking. We want to create the best dining and drinking experience whilst also producing our own food in the near future.
If you’re driving past or staying in Myrtleford, drop by and say hi. We’re sure you won’t leave disappointed.
LOCALLY SOURCED BEER
We have hand selected the best beers from the region
Extensive wine list
Wines sourced from all over the North East region
We are proud to serve locally produced coffee
Contact - We'd love to hear from you...
icon-phone 03 5752 1435
icon-location-arrow 15 Myrtle Street, Myrtleford, Vic, 3737
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We make our own meats in house
The Myrtleford Butter Factory
The building’s history
The origins of the Myrtleford Butter Factory pre-date the building itself. When pioneer selectors first took up land around Myrtleford after the gold rush, many kept small dairy herds. The settler’s wives made their own butter and cheese, frequently walking miles to market with these products. As the forests were cleared for pasture, the dairy herds expanded and a market had to be found for the milk and cream.
In 1893 the Victorian Creamery and Butter Factory of Melbourne opened a small creamery on the site of the present-day Butter Factory. None of the local dairies had separators, so whole milk was brought to the creamery by horse-drawn vehicles. The separated cream was sent to Wangaratta to be made into butter, while the farmers took home the whey to feed to their pigs: nothing was wasted.
By the turn of the century, hand-turned separators were in use on most farms, and local dairy farmers began to think they would be better off financially by manufacturing their own products. In 1903 they formed the Myrtleford Butter Factory Co-Operative Company. A second-hand boiler from a Bendigo gold mine was purchased to run the steam-driven machinery, and a small brick building was constructed. By the 1920s, the Myrtleford Butter Factory was pasteurising its products, and had its own electricity supply. The present-day building was constructed in 1930.
The Butter Factory ceased production in 1966. After lying vacant for several decades, it underwent sympathetic restoration in 2005. Today it retains many original architectural features, as well as its turn-of-the-century industrial feel.