Where to lunch this Melbourne Cup in Ipswich

It might be the race that stops the nation, but it's the lunch and bubbles that people really look forward to...
11 Oct 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Haven’t booked anywhere for Melbourne Cup day lunch?  Don’t worry, we’ve got a list of venues that are hosting Melbourne Cup Lunches this year.

Book a table, bring your friends and pick your horse for the big day, Tuesday November 7.

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage duck WH

The Cottage Restaurant will be open for Melbourne Cup lunch this year.  Leave the cooking and preparation to the experts, then the hardest part of the day – apart from deciding which horse to back – will be choosing between pork belly or barramundi!

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival then choose either Brisbane Valley Quail with brandade and salsa verde or house-made linguini with seared scallops, crab meat for entree.

For mains choose between pork belly with truffle mash potato or barramundi with crab souffle, followed by chocolate tart with creme fraiche, sorbet and raspberry.

There will be a live screening of the race and sweepstakes prizes.

Book here.

Ipswich Turf Club

Fashions on the Field at Ipswich Turf Club

The Ipswich Turf Club are hosting a Melbourne Cup Day fundraiser for Advancing Communities Australia.

There will be sweeps, raffles, auctions and fashion on the field plus all the racing action from Flemington.

Included is champagne on arrival, a three course lunch and a beverage package from 11am to 3pm.

Tickets are $150 and money raised will support Hannah’s House and Ipswich Community Youth Services to address youth housing and homelessness in the community.

Book here.

Bakehouse Steakhouse

Enjoy delicious cocktails at Bakehouse Steakhouse

Bakehouse Steakhouse is holding a fabulous cup day luncheon that will raise money for Beddown Ipswich, while you sip the afternoon away enjoying great food and good company.

Enjoy a glamorous day filled with delicious canapes, flowing drinks and a brand new Melbourne Cup menu.  Well-known radio announcer, producer and presenter Olympia Kwitowski will MC the event bringing it to a new level of sophistication.

Watch the race on the big screen and dress up to be in the running for fashions on the field.  The all inclusive package for $130 includes canapes and three-hours of drinks.  While the food and drink on arrival package for $90 includes canapes and a drink on arrival.

Both packages will enjoy the new Melbourne Cup menu of crispy skin Humpty Doo Barramundi, chicken roulade and wagyu eye fillet all served with delicious sides and finish with petite Basque cheesecakes.

Book here.

Club Services Ipswich

Melbourne Cup at CSI

Indulge in a seafood buffet at Club Services Ipswich this Melbourne Cup.

On the menu is fresh prawns, oysters, blue swimmer crab, slipper lobster, as well as fried seafood, lemon pepper grilled salmon, and white wine or chilli mussels.  For non-seafood eaters there’s also honey chicken, roast pork, fried rice, Asian greens, antipasto, cold meats and salads.  For dessert there will be a selection of cakes and slices.

Doors open at 10am and celebrations begin at 11am. There will be live entertainment on the day, sweeps, a fashion parade, fashion on the field event, raffles and lucky door prizes.

Or if a buffet isn’t your style you can order a seafood platter for two in the Legends Bar for $59.60.  The platter comes with lobster, oysters, fresh prawns, battered and crumbed fish, battered prawn cutlets, crumbed calamari, crumbed seafood scallops and chips.  Add on a bucket of Stone and Wood for $25.

Bookings are essential, phone 3812 3366 so you don’t miss out.

Brothers Leagues Club

Melbourne Cup fun at Brothers Leagues Club

Book ahead to celebrate Melbourne Cup with Brothers Leagues Club.

Enjoy a complimentary pink gin spritz on arrival and a three course luncheon from 11am with live entertainment by Tommy Memphis.  Start with a QLD prawn mango and macadamia salad, then an alternate drop of char grilled grass-fed striploin or oven roasted chicken supreme.  Both meals come with duck fat potatoes, seasonal greens and sauce.  For dessert indulge in a creation called Death by Chocolate that comes with berry coulis and whipped cream.

Lunch costs $70 for members, $80 for non-members and for another $40 you can add on a three-hour drinks package that includes tap beer, house wine, Pimms and soft drink.

During the day enjoy the race, fashion on the field, raffles, sweeps and lucky door prizes.  The TAB will be open from 9am for bets, tickets are available at reception by phoning 3817 2999.

Bookings and pre-payments are essential.

Marburg Hotel

The Marburg Hotel

The Marburg Hotel is offering a delicious three course lunch for Melbourne Cup. 

The fun starts at 11.30am with sweeps, raffles and prizes for best dressed on the day.

On the menu is prawn and tomato skewers and chicken and mango salad for entree served as an alternate drop.  Mains are either fillet steak with zesty potato salad or crispy-skinned salmon with a Vietnamese style salad, also served as alternate drop.  The meal will end with a plated trio of desserts.

Lunch costs $50 per person and pre-paid bookings are essential to secure your place.  Phone 5464 4230 to book.

Ipswich Jets Leagues Club

WA Lobster available at Jets for Melbourne Cup

Ipswich Jets have a special Western Australian lobster on the menu for Melbourne Cup!  It comes with a choice of four sauces, garlic butter, mornay, Thermidor or cold thousand island dressing and served with a fresh mixed salad and waffle fries.

The price is $49.90 for members, bookings are essential to reserve your spot.

The Club TAB will be open and there will be raffles, sweeps, lucky door prizes and you can watch the races on the screens.

So grab your friends and enjoy Melbourne Cup at Jets Leagues Club.

Prince Alfred Hotel


The PA Hotel are hosting a Melbourne Cup function that will support Childhood Cancer this year.

Tickets cost $55 and included is three courses of shared grazing plates.

There will also be sweeps and raffles and all races will be shown on the big screen.

If you want to go book early as this one always sells out.  Call 3282-1577 or book online here.

The Walloon Hotel

Char grilled halloumi and mandarin salad with calamari at The Walloon Hotel.

Enjoy restaurant specials and sweeps at The Walloon Hotel for Melbourne Cup.

The race will be up on the big screen and bookings are highly encouraged!

Mihi Tavern

drinks celebration at pub

All the races will be shown live and loud on the Mihi Tavern’s big screens.  There will also be race day specials, prizes for best dressed and sweeps.  The TAB will be open from 8am.  Bookings are essential.

Club Parkview

Food options, Club Parkview

You’ll get complimentary sparkling on arrival at Club Parkview’s Melbourne Cup luncheon.  

Also included in your ticket is a seafood buffet, live music from 12pm, best dressed prizes, sweeps and lucky door prizes.

Individual tickets are $70 for members, $80 if you aren’t a member.  Tables of 10 cost members $650 or $750 for non-members.

Bookings are essential.

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 cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, 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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