Where to eat over the holidays

Want someone else to take care of the cooking? Check out this list of where to eat over the holidays.
26 Nov 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

This Christmas holidays if you’ve got friends visiting and want to impress, or if you just don’t want to do the dishes, check out these great restaurants open to serve you.

Find out where to eat over the Christmas Holidays below…

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant is open for lunch on Christmas Eve (closing at 2pm) and Christmas Day from 11.30-3.30pm, bookings essential.

They will also open on New Year’s Eve normal hours and from 6pm for dinner on New Year’s Day.

They will close from January 9 to January 26 and reopen for normal trade on January 27.

Bookings are encouraged to avoid disappointment, as the restaurant may alter hours over the holidays depending on bookings.

Racehorse Hotel

Racehorse Hotel spread

If you’re after some great pub fare, The Racehorse Hotel is open for the whole Christmas period from 10am-2am, and until 4am Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights! 

Brothers Leagues Club


Brothers Leagues Club will be open the entire Christmas period except Christmas Day.   The club boasts a restaurant and a cafe as well as three bars on site and have recently launched a new menu with great seafood offerings!

They also have a Christmas special running in the lead up to Christmas available until December 24, which is roast turkey and ham with roast vegetables and gravy, plum pudding and custard for $26 (members price).

Queens Park Cafe

Queens Park Cafe

Located in the heart of Ipswich right near the Ipswich Nature Centre and a fantastic children’s playground Queens Park Cafe will be open over the holidays except for Christmas and Boxing Day, Monday December 27, Tuesday December 28, New Year’s Day, Sunday January 2 and Monday January 3.

They will also close at 2pm on Christmas Eve.

Ipswich Jets

Ipswich Jets banana fritter

Open the entire holidays except Christmas Day, Ipswich Jets is the place to be for heritage charm and great food.

They are also offering a three course Christmas meal in the lead up to Christmas, for parties and get togethers for $30 (members price) which includes an entrée of prawns or bruschetta, turkey or glazed ham for main and steamed Christmas pudding or pavlova for dessert.

There’s also a $45 option (members price) which has crispy pork belly, beetroot cured salmon or roasted marinated mushrooms for entrée; seared fillet of salmon, pepper crusted chicken thigh, Korean steak or beetroot and potato gnocchi for mains; and lime tart or crème brulee for dessert.

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich takeaway options

Club Services Ipswich will be open all through the holidays except Christmas Day, seven days a week from 10am – 4am.  Head into enjoy a drink at the bar or one of their popular pub meals like their huge chicken schnitzel!

Memories of India

Memories of India

Enjoy traditional Indian cuisine all holidays except Christmas Day at Memories of India.  

PA Hotel

Seafood platter at the PA Hotel

The Prince Alfred Hotel specialises in fresh delicious seafood.  They will be open all holidays except Christmas Day.

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil

You can enjoy delicious Indian food at Indian Mehfil for lunch and dinnner all through the Christmas period, they are even opening up on Christmas Day from 4.30pm to 9.30pm.

Indian Mehfil are continuing their tradition of serving those less fortunate with Christmas lunch this year.  They will open the restaurant for Christmas Day lunch at no cost to seniors and those in need from 11am to 1pm. They are taking donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products for their special guests.

Ruby Chews

Ruby Chews Burgers & Shakes

Ruby Chews will be open during the holidays except for Christmas Day. Classic burgers and crispy chicken are the things to try here!

Fourthchild Cafe


Specialty Campos coffee, epic breakfasts and delicious lunches and dinners will be available at Fourthchild right up until December 24, then they will close over the holiday period between Christmas and New Year’s only opening on December 30.

They’ve also got a festive two or three course special on the menu available until lunch on Christmas eve. 

Entree includes a choice of crumbed camembert, arancini balls or salt and pepper calamari; mains are crumbed chicken breast, crispy pork belly, herb crusted salmon and pumpkin or fetta ravioli; dessert is a choice of plum pudding, rocky road brownie or bakes cheesecake.  Two courses for $50, three for $65.

Retro Diner

Burgers are on the menu at The Retro Diner for Flavours of Ipswich

Get stuck into some retro food including burgers, wraps and epic shakes at The Retro Diner.  Open all holidays except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  New Year’s Eve they are opening from 8am-11am.

Don’t miss their new cocktail menu available Saturday nights, great for a Christmas or New Year’s celebration – you can also dine in and takeaway Saturday nights.

Ballistic Springfield

Ballistic petite steak

Boutique beers and beer-infused food including a chocolate stout cheesecake!  Ballistic Springfield will be open with extended trading hours until December 24 and a new $20 lunch and drink combo available Monday to Friday.

Sundays to Tuesdays they will open 10am-5pm with the kitchen open 11.30am-3pm, Wednesday and Thursdays they will open from 10am-10pm with the kitchen open from 11.30am-3pm and 4pm-8.30pm and Friday and Saturdays they will open from 10am-11pm with the kitchen open from 11.30am-3pm and 4pm-9pm.

The Barn Family Restaurant

The Barn Restaurant market garden

The Barn Family Restaurant at the Ipswich Turf Club will be open up until and including lunch on Christmas Eve.

Then they will take a break from Christmas Day until December 28.

They will also close for Dinner on New Year’s Eve until January 4.

Summer Land Camels

Homestead burger at Summer Land Camels

Summer Land Camels will close from December 25- December 27 and January 1.  Which means the Homestead Cafe will also be closed.

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 bestie Milly the Wombat, 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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