Farm it has always been important to preserve our heritage, seen clearly in
Hartley's Restaurant comprises of two seperate historical buildings, both
originally built circa 1940.
* The Milk Shed is the SMOKING AREA AND PUB and is in the original
farm milking shed, with the original poles that seperated the cows at milking
time, still in place. This section, with its thatch roof and open fireplace
for winter, is very cosy and informal.
* The Pack House is the NON-SMOKING AREA and is in a building
which was recently re-built on the foundation of the original farm pack house.
This double storey building, with a loft has a cast iron stove for heat in
the winter and huge doors which open in summer onto the lovely gardens. It
has a slightly more formal feel about it.
Both these restaurants offer the same exquisite menu and wine list, with something
to suit any plate. The prices are also reasonable, making it the perfect venue
to visit regularly with your whole family. Mark Hartley is your
hosts at Hartley's Pub and Restaurant.
The Milk Shed
"The Milk Shed" was once the milking parlour of Rainhill Farm. The
original wooden stalls in the milking shed where the cows stood to be milked
have been retained. All the rafters are also the originals, as are the massive
Bluegum rafter supports along the walls.
The bar area was originally the calf pen and most of the benches were made
of Silver oak and Jacaranda trees grown on the farm. The magnificent bar counter
and two of the benches come from a huge Silver Oak that had to be felled to
make way for the office. Hartley's Restaurant offers a relaxed, country atmosphere
where you can enjoy good food and friendly service in the company of your
The Milk Shed is the smoking area and pub of Hartley's Restaurant.
The Pack House
This intimate and formal restaurant was named after the building which originally
stood on the current foundation. The Pack House was once, long ago, used as
a store room for the orange harvest and eventually the famous Helen McGregor's
Marmalade was packed and crated here to be sold both locally and abroad.
In decorating The Pack House restaurant, special care was taken to create
a feeling of stepping back in history. Many original artefacts and photographs
of the farm's early years fill the walls. The Pack House boasts rainfall records
from 1914 to present day, tells the story of Helen McGregor's famous marmalade
and depicts the buildings of the farmstead around the 1930's and 1940's.
The atmosphere of The Pack House is one of tranquility and formality, with
fine wining and dining, to make a memorable evening out.
The Pack House is the non-smoking area of Hartley's Restaurant.
cannot think well, love well,
sleep well, Unless one has dined well."
Virginia Woolf - 1929