|Cereals and Guest Book at the Euroa Butter Factory|
Euroa Butter Factory
79 Boundary Road North
Euroa, VIC 3666
Ph: (03) 5795-1408
On our trip to the Goulburn River Valley, we were lucky to be put up at the Euroa Butter Factory, a lovely place that has been converted from an old butter factory (BUTTER!) into modern warehouse accommodation. Not to be confused with the Quest apartments in Shepparton which happen to be located behind another old butter factory! There seem to be quite a few butter factories in this part of Victoria - it's my kind of place!
The grounds and gardens of the Euroa Butter Factory are quite beautiful, and there are lots of little spots that would be great for functions. As you can see, it was quite wet and rainy whilst we were in the region - I'm sure that in better weather it would be even prettier!
Whilst the building itself is over a century old, the rooms were modern and comfortable, with an iPod docking station, queen beds, fluffy towels, T2 teas and Molton Brown toiletries.
I had planned to relax with a cup of tea and a magazine in their lounge area in the afternoon, but after the big drive and loads of sightseeing and shopping, I was absolutely exhausted and fell fast asleep as soon as I sat down on that couch! Oops. Lucky I got up in time for dinner.
Meals are served in the old milk delivery room, where you can still see some of the old fittings and machinery.
|The old milk delivery room|
We started with a plate of antipasti - marinated mushrooms, a gorgeous tomato relish (tasted like curry ketchup!), pistachio and chicken terrine, grilled zucchini and capsicum, olives ascolone and potato pancakes topped with Buxton smoked trout and horseradish.
The mains had a distinct North African vibe - Heather the chef had just returned from a holiday to Morocco, and was inspired by the tastes she'd experienced on the trip.
|Quail tagine with chickpeas, currants, carrots and couscous|
The tagine was absolutely delicious! The base of couscous was soaked in a fabulous, intensely chickeny broth, topped with meltingly tender, slow-cooked quails. There were also little bursts of sweetness from carrots, chickpeas and currants. This is exactly the type of dish I'd love to serve at a dinner party.
|Longwood Lamb with honey, cinnamon and pistachios|
With our mains, we drank a Dal Zotto Sangiovese, which went perfectly with the lamb.
The sides to this hearty meal were some roasted root vegetables with a yoghurt sauce...
|Roast pumpkin, baby beetroot, yoghurt sauce and pine nuts|
|Cos lettuce, fennel, pear, currants, Parmesan|
|Fig frangipane tart with raspberry sauce and double cream|
Full, tired, comfortable, and with the soothing sound of rain against the roof, I slept like a log that night!
Breakfast the next morning was equally generous. When we arrived at the table, poached rhubarb, yoghurt, and warm breakfast cakes (banana & pistachio, and raisin) with butter were waiting, as well as the cereals and muesli that you see in the first picture of this post.
And if that weren't enough, they can do hot breakfasts too. I had a nice little poached egg on buttered toast, with more of that fab "curry-ketchup" chutney and a piece of Avenel bacon, which came highly recommended from Rebecca. Made by a butcher in the nearby town of Avenel, the bacon was crisp, salty, smoky and intense. In short: it was incredibly bacon-y. I loved it! I would have liked to visit the butcher to pick some up, but they close quite early on Saturdays and we couldn't get there in time. Boo! Something for a future trip!
I'd like to say a big thanks to owner Rebecca for a lovely stay, and chef Heather for delicious and generous meals!
Sarah and Sandra stayed at The Euroa Butter Factory as guests of Goulburn River Valley Tourism.
This is the second post from my Goulburn River Valley Trip series.