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Old buildings and new food – it’s an Ipswich thing

Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

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 in 2016, at 108 Limestone St, opposite the fire station at number 108.  The building, 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.

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The restaurant’s first birthday was in October, 2017 and the couple celebrated with a sold-out degustation dinner.
Restaurant bookings can be made on 3142 2644. Full details at

Discover Ipswich

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 blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, 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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