150+ years of history and hospitality have shaped this iconic hotel. Originally titled Mack’s Hotel by licensee Donald Mackay, today’s Lancefield Hotel continues to serve as a welcoming destination for all!
A little history...
Let's take a step back in time to the year 1870.
That's when a gentleman by the name of Donald Mackay decided to apply for a publican's license for a newly erected brick house in the area. The original building housed four sitting rooms and eight bedrooms, a billiard room, kitchen, tap room, and stabling accommodation.
As the years went by, the hotel continued to evolve, in May of 1888, a second storey was added to the rear of the building, making it even more impressive than before. Regarded as an “ornament to the township” the Lancefield Hotel has been documented as a cherished venue in many historic articles. Being located on the corner of 4 main roads it was a central destination for local residents, farmers and motorists from Melbourne.
Even in the 19th century, there was so much activity in the small town of Lancefield, there were sow yards, a train line, and a link to the iconic Blackfellows quarry.
The legacy of the hotel and town is important to us.
While there have been many updates and additions to the building over the 150+ years of its existence, we’re dedicated to keeping the original front bar and dining room as authentic as possible.
Today, our bustling, family-friendly pub is a destination for all occasions. Whether it’s a midweek catch-up with the neighbours or a milestone celebrated with friends and family.
From the historic front bar and sprawling beer garden to the covered courtyard and dining room, there’s plenty of space to relax and unwind.
With upcoming accommodation plans, including an open deck with views to the Northeast of Lancefield, you'll soon be able to stay and soak up the sights of the Macedon Ranges from your comfy quarters.