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 other Ipswich restaurants have also put contemporary food into stunning century-old spaces.
Bakehouse Steakhouse is a former bakery dating back to the 1870s now reclaimed as a dining hub.
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 heritage 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.
In April 2018 The Cottage launched a brunch menu featuring such dishes as house-cured smoked salmon or ham with potato blini, rocket, poached eggs and Hollandaise; apple- wood-smoked pork belly with caponata Siciliana, sweet potato and pumpkin rosti and apple gel; and homemade Toulouse Sausage and fried gnocchi (pictured) with confit cherry tomatoes, roast capsicum and baby spinach. For sweeter treats, there are crepes with caramelised orange and butter sauce with macerated strawberries and whipped marscarpone. The brunch menu is available from Tues to Fri from 10am and from 8am on Saturdays.