Where you can book Christmas lunch in Ipswich

Enjoy Christmas lunch with these restaurants opening on Christmas Day.
29 Nov 2021
Melissa Delaware, Blogger

Are you dreaming of a stress free Christmas Day this year?  A day where you can relax and not spend the entire day in the kitchen? Well this year, why not make it easy on yourself and book Christmas lunch at a fantastic Ipswich restaurant. 

Having someone else take care of the food on Christmas Day takes away all the stress (well, at least a big chunk of it), as all you need to do is book and turn up.  There’s no washing up either!

There are some fantastic venues in Ipswich hosting Christmas lunch this year, with all kinds of budgets covered. Whether you’re looking to splurge on a luxurious intimate seafood lunch or a casual affair where all the traditional Christmas classics are served, there is a perfect venue for everyone.

Below, we’ve provided the details of some fabulous venues around Ipswich hosting Christmas Day lunch – but don’t delay!  If you’re interested in any of these events, you better book fast as they are sure to sell out quickly.

Dovetails Restaurant


Located in a beautiful old restored heritage building, Dovetails Restaurant is one of the dining options in the 88 Limestone precinct.  Dovetails is all about relaxed dining, yet in an elegant setting with the choice of dining inside or outside on the deck under the magnificent old Poinciana tee.

On Christmas Day, Dovetails are offering a luxurious lunch featuring a full hot and cold buffet.  The buffet will include freshly baked bread, a variety of seafood including prawns, oysters and crab, delicious charcuterie boards with cured and smoked meats, baked ham, roast turkey, braised lamb and a range of salads and vegetables.

For dessert, there will be a warm chocolate cascade foundation with a range of dip ins, as well as individual patisseries, an assortment of Australian cheeses, fruit platters and of course, traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

It’s also rumoured that the big man himself might stop by and have a little gift for each of the kids.

Price: $175 adults | $45 kids (up to 12) | Drinks not included

Address:88 Limestone Street, Ipswich

Racehorse Hotel

Christmas Lunch at the Racehorse Hotel

The Racehorse Hotel is a great venue, whether you’re looking for a casual atmosphere for lunch with the extended family or somewhere family friendly where the kids will be happy.  They are well known for their fresh seafood, succulent steaks and great pub classics and always provide excellent service.

You’ll also be guaranteed a great feed on Christmas Day at the Racehorse Hotel, with a fabulous seafood buffet on offer. The buffet will include oysters, prawns, salmon and fish and for the non-seafood eaters, there is a range of hot and cold meats, as well as breads, antipasto platters, salads and vegetables.   

There will also be a dessert buffet complete with Christmas pudding, pavlova, cheese platters, fruit, ice cream and more!  To top it all off, coffee and tea will be served with Christmas cookies.

For those families familiar with the Racehorse Hotel, just keep in mind that lunch is being held in the Sports Bar and so the usual kids play area isn’t accessible on Christmas Day.  However, the kids will be well entertained on the day and every child under 12 will receive a gift.

Lunch will commence at 11.30 am and while drinks aren’t included in the buffet price you can buy a $30 standard drink package or a $50 premium drink package.

Price: $125 adults | $99 seniors and teens (13-17) | $59 kids (3-12) | Under 3 are free

Address: 215 Brisbane Street, Booval

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant

Located inside a quaint heritage Queenslander, The Cottage Restaurant is a charming venue serving modern Australian cuisine.  Built in 1861, this cottage was once a family home, but the bedrooms have since been converted into lovely spaces offering a secluded and intimate dining experience. For those who prefer to dine outside, there is a beautiful wide verandah that overlooks the city.

The Cottage Restaurant is the perfect place for a long relaxing lunch, and this Christmas Day will be no exception.  The restaurant is offering an amazing five course degustation with four wines to match.  The courses include cured duck ham, arctic cod, lamb cutlet, turkey and dark chocolate marquise for dessert.

Christmas lunch at The Cottage Restaurant is almost fully booked, so contact them quickly if you’re interested in their Christmas event. 

Price: $180 per person

Address:108 Limestone Street, Ipswich

Homage Restaurant

Inside Homage

For something super special this Christmas, you can really spoil the family with a beautiful lunch at Homage Restaurant.  Located at Spicer’s Hidden Vale, Homage is a lovely restaurant situated on 12,000 acres of Australian bushland with stunning Scenic Rim views.

On Christmas Day, Homage offers a Christmas banquet with all the trimmings, including locally sourced produce, exquisite wine with the fantastic service they are so well known for.  The menu includes roasted meats with potatoes and salad, followed by Christmas pudding and more.

While Christmas lunch for Homage is now fully booked out, you can ask to be put on their waiting list in case of cancellations or make a note to get in earlier for next year.

Price: $185 adults | $65 kids | Drinks not included

Address:617 Grandchester Mount Mort Road, Grandchester

Springlake Hotel

Spring Lake Hotel

The Springlake Hotel is a popular place to celebrate special occasions, and Christmas is no exception.  It’s the perfect place for a long relaxing lunch with wide, spacious verandas overlooking natural bushland and the lake.  Also, having a dedicated kids area makes it a real hit for families too.

This year the Springlake Hotel is putting on a three course traditional Christmas lunch, complete with all the classics and trimming you’d expect to see at a typical Aussie Christmas lunch.  Included is a three hour drink package including house wine, local tap beer and soft drinks.

To keep the kids entertained while the adults kick back, the Springlake Hotel’s kids outdoor area will be open on the day. However, the inside play area will be closed for renovations.

For the price, the Springlake Hotel Christmas lunch package offers exceptional value for money and is a great alternative to putting on a Christmas lunch at home.  

Price: $120 adults | $75 kids (6-16) | under 6 are free

Address:1 Springfield Lakes Boulevard, Springfield Lakes

Yamanto Tavern

Yamanto Tavern

The Yamanto Tavern is a great option for families looking for a relaxed place to take the kids on Christmas Day.   The tavern offers a comfortable and casual venue, as well as fantastic food and great service.

On Christmas Day, the tavern is offering a seafood buffet lunch with a dessert bar as well as drink packages.  Seafood on offer includes grilled barramundi, natural oysters, fresh prawns, smoked salmon and marinated mussels.  There will also be roast meats and vegetables, cold meats and loads of salads. If you still have room for dessert, the dessert bar will include plum pudding, chocolate mousse, trifle, profiteroles, pavlova, cakes, ice cream, jelly and more!

The kids are also well catered for on Christmas Day, with pizza, nuggets and chips available, as well as a visit from Santa with every child receiving a small gift.  The tavern’s excellent outdoor playground will also be open for the kids to enjoy.

The Yamanto Tavern will have two sittings available on Christmas Day, with the first at 11.30 am and the second at 1.30 pm.  Also, while drinks aren’t included in the buffet price you can buy a $30 standard drink package or a $50 premium drink package.

Price: $125 adults | $99 seniors and teens (13-17) | $59 kids (3-12) | Under 3 are free

Address: 510 Warwick Road, Yamanto


Springfield Tavern

For Springfield locals not wanting to venture too far from home on Christmas Day, the Springfield Tavern is another great venue hosting Christmas Day lunch this year.  It is a great casual venue where both adults and wriggly kids are well catered for.

The Springfield Tavern is putting on a huge buffet this year for Christmas lunch, full of all the classics you’d expect to see at an Aussie Christmas feast.  There is seafood galore with prawns, oysters, mussels and fish.  There is also hot and cold meats, including turkey, pork, chicken and ham, and a wide variety of salads and vegetables.

But leave room for dessert because there will be plenty on offer.  There is plum pudding, pavlova, mousse, cakes, jelly, ice cream and even a lolly bar, which the kids are absolutely going to love!

Speaking about kids – they will be well be entertained with access to the tavern’s outdoor play area (weather permitting), as well as a visit from Santa and a small gift for each child.

Lunch will commence at 11.30 am and while drinks aren’t included in the buffet price you can buy a $30 standard drink package or a $50 premium drink package.

Price: $125 adults | $99 seniors and teens (13-17) | $59 kids (3-12) | Under 3 are free

Address: Springfield Parkway, Springfield

Melissa Delaware Blogger
Melissa is the creator and writer for the Thrifty Family Travels website; which details her family’s travels both locally and across the globe. Together they travel the world, experience new cultures, indulge in local delicacies, and explore every corner of our beautiful earth, navigating their way around the world. Thrifty Family Travels hope to inspire other families to travel (whether it be for the day or for a month) and to show them all the fantastic places the world has to explore.

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