Old buildings and new food – it’s an Ipswich thing
Character-filled old buildings paired with food and coffee worth travelling for – it’s an Ipswich thing.
And it’s a drawcard already proven by Rafter & Rose in its old brick laneway and Fourthchild with its soaring vaulted ceilings. Pumpyard Bar & Brewery, Dovetails, Heisenberg Haus and countless others have also put contemporary food into stunning century-old spaces.
The Cottage is an 1860s house-turned-restaurant that chef Mark Naoum and his wife Angela opened almost a year ago, at 108 Limestone St, opposite the fire station at number 108. The bulding, Darver Cottage, exudes the colonial charm factor for which Ipswich is known, and the seating is laid out in rooms inside and on the verandah.
The couple have worked in many restaurants around Australia and overseas – he in the kitchen, she at front of house – including acclaimed Michael’s back in the day on the Brisbane River, and overseas at the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mark’s fine dining menu at The Cottage features classic European dishes tweaked according whatever local seasonal produce he can get his hands on.
To celebrate the restaurant’s first birthday, Mark and Angela will host a degustation dinner on October 6 featuring eight courses with wine. The birthday dinner is $140 per person.
Book on 3142 2644. Full details at www.thecottagerestaurant.com.au