Ipswich has a variety of places to eat on any day out, here’s a list of some of my favourite finds!
Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
A huge favourite amongst the Ipswich locals for sure! If you’re after a spot on a Sunday for a decent session with boutique beers and ciders, or just after a quick refresher – the Pumpyard has something to quench the thirst. Whist we sat in between the vats of brewing beers, we admired the raw brickwork, exposed romantic lighting enjoying our pint of Ale. We didn’t stop for long as we were passing through town, but given the chance I would have ordered from the snacks menu, as the food looked amazing! Note to self – make more time to eat at Pumpyard!
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner with the most spectacular view. This little cafe on the banks of Springfield lakes is the perfect escape of Brisbane city. It truly feels as though you are worlds away from everything. I think it’s the view of the lake; so tranquil. We sat at Moselle’s for a few hours not only admiring the view, but enjoying our delicious Muesli and I quote ‘The best homemade baked beans I’ve ever tasted’. Coming from a Swish trained chef – this isn’t a bad review!
Hashtag bulking! This pork knuckle is not for the faint hearted! Overall, if I’m honest, I don’t think there is a faint hearted patron that visits a place like Heisenberg Haus in the main street of Ipswich CBD. All their meals are huge, and not suitable for those on a diet. You’ll have to visit the team with an empty stomach that’s for sure. After busting a sweat trying our hardest to get a polaroid picture up on the wall to say we had finished the ‘Pork Knuckle’ we had to ask for a doggie bag. Needless to say, we will be back for a second attempt that’s for sure. I think it had something to do with the Stein consumed before dinner out of pure thirst.
Have you ever seen a beer tap water feature? Neither had I until we popped into Tap’d. Located within the Prince Alfred Hotel, Booval, Tap’d sits with 72 beers and ciders on ‘tap’. It certainly gives any pub and club a run for their money. Ranging from your traditional beers and ciders to all the boutique beers you could imagine. They have a range from pale ales, larger, ciders and light beer to stouts the colour of a dark chocolate. We could have easily sat there all afternoon. You can ask for a tasking board, which gives you a selection of ales to choose from.
Colleges By The River
Such a relaxing picturesque café located on Mt Crosby Road, Chuwar. This colorful café has a little something for everyone – not forgetting our fury four-legged friends. We enjoyed a healthy portion sized Club Sandwich while soaking up a little winter rays. The Café is placed high on the hill overlooking what looked like brand new playground equipment and the pristine waters of Brisbane River. Overall the café is in prime position – right in the middle of rolling green fields. If you wanted to take the dog for a run, let the kids burn off some energy on the playground, or to just watch the world go by, this is your perfect spot.
One visitor in particular had my attention; an elderly gentleman playing the harmonica. “He visits and plays the harmonica every day” said the very friendly lady collecting our empties. It was truly a lovely experience, one I can’t wait to go back and visit again soon. Simple tasty food, quick service and a smile to boot.
The Source Bulk Foods
Located at Orion Springfield Central, this gourmet bulk ingredient store is best suited for those us foodies that also like to dabble in a little cooking! The store is heaven in tubs and has a little bit of everything! If you’re just after a handful of speciality items for your baking, it’s so handy. You don’t have to buy packets of Gluten Free Flour or Rice Flour and never use it again; you can measure the exact quantities at Source. I usually head straight to the Chocolate covered coffee bean tub – which is such a weakness of mine. The team are super helpful, and know their stuff so pop in and say hi.
I was lucky enough to visit the Springfield Orion Hotel early on a Friday afternoon, and thoroughly enjoyed my glass of Sav while the winter sun set over the Ipswich hills. Accompanied by a ‘trio of dips’ and Cheesy Risotto balls; my husband and I sat and caught up after a massive week! The bar is super new and funky offers such variety. With an outdoor big screen, pool table and a front deck hosting the band, we sat and enjoyed our nibbles while the sun set and the band prepared for what looked like another big Friday night.
If you’re looking for a good Ol’ Country Pub counter meal and a beer, this is certainly a place to visit. The family run and operated Tavern is located at 78 Junction Road, Karalee and can’t be missed from the main road. One particular Sunday afternoon we took the bike out for a spin and stumbled across this lovely big Queenslander covered in beautifully polished timber. The counter meals are super affordable and very much family friendly! If you’re hungry and just hanging for a good old Chicken Schnitzel Chips and Salad, Karalee Tavern is the place you must visit. Their beer is cold, staff friendly and meals come out quick.
Go Vita Redbank Plaza
For just a little something different – do yourself a favour and try the Coconut Yoghurt from the team at Go Vita Redbank Plaza. Not only are the ladies lovely and always up for a chat, but they are now getting in the bulk size of my favourite Coconut Yoghurt. Winning! I like to mix with granola and fresh strawberries and Blueberries. I’m not vegan, but this yoghurt is not only dairy free but vegan friendly. Its’ super creamy and almost meringue like in consistency should you whip it. If you have a sweet tooth but would like something a little on the healthy side, give it a go!
Beach House Bar and Grill
Before a spot of shopping on a Saturday morning, we needed to fuel up! And the Beach House Bar and Grill didn’t disappoint. The Big Breakfast was devoured by my husband which I don’t think touched the sides, whilst I had the muesli. It was certainly up there with the nicest muesli I’ve had. The big breakfast had everything from chiroso, good sized eggs, hash brown, mushrooms, bacon, tomato, spinach and toast. While the muesli was full of berries, yoghurt and dried fruits topped with honey and banana – needless to say we didn’t need re-fuelling again for quite some time.