Dovetails restaurant opens in Ipswich

New restaurant Dovetails has opened in the 88 Limestone precinct in Ipswich!
24 May 2017
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Wining and Dining

Dovetails restaurant opens in Ipswich

After what feels like an eternal wait, Dovetails restaurant is officially open in Ipswich! Located within the historic 88 Limestone precinct, the restaurant perfectly fits into the block. The spot, next to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, will seat 170 people.

The spot at Dovetails

Situated in what was formerly a woodworking room in the Old Technical College, Dovetails gives a nod to the building’s unique history. Some of the dining tables are examples of dovetails (a joinery technique most commonly used in woodworking) and the names of former students are carved in posts at the entrance to the restaurant. Strewn across the ceiling are prints of woodworking tools, creating a warm atmosphere.


A grand deck provides outside diners with a view of the RSL Memorial Hall and adjoining garden space. The sprawling deck has been custom built to accommodate an enormous Poinciana tree. In November, you’ll be able to dine under the cover of red.



The breakfast menu has items like Salmon Eggs Benedict and French Toast with Caramelised Banana. There’s also house Baked Beans with Chorizo, Egg, Sour Cream and Crispy Tortilla. Breakfast and takeaway coffee will be available daily.


More food

Dinner will have more of a French/Australian fusion with a fine dining twist. Items on the evening menu include Beetroot Risotto, Osso Bucco, Kangaroo Carpaccio and Twice-cooked Pork Belly. Dessert options include Chocolate Fondant, Citrus Tart with Lemon Curd and Sherbert and lemon sorbet, and Beeramisu (Beer-flavoured tiramisu). And YES, the restaurant will also serve tapped beer from 4 Hearts Brewing next door.


Function Centre

The upstairs function centre, Lord Lamington Suite, will be THE place for events and wedding receptions. The name, again, is an ode to former times. Lord Lamington laid the foundations for the building prior to its completion in 1901.


Opening Hours:

Monday to Sunday breakfast from 7am, lunch starts at 11:30.
Wednesday to Sunday Dinner from 5pm until late.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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