Dining & Entertainment

Ipswich’s Dining & Entertainment

Hunger and thirst of all persuasions are catered for in Ipswich and its surrounds, whether you’re craving something gourmet, tucker of the pub variety, or an alfresco café experience. And as for the wining? Why not head 20 minutes out of town to Purga to taste the award-winning vino at Ironbark Ridge Vineyard? Sampling the home-grown tipples in the tasting room, a former 1920’s miners’ cottage, while savouring the beautiful mountain views is well up there with the best winery experiences.

Heading into country areas around Ipswich (30-40 minutes’ drive reveals some culinary gems, such as Cotton’s Restaurant at Spicer’s Hidden Vale Grandchester. Whether a houseguest on a relaxing getaway or day-tripper, if you can’t find something on Cotton’s award winning menu to make you sigh “Ooh!” and ‘Aah! You’re just not trying!

A country pub experience awaits at Porters Plainland Hotel on the Warrego Highway at the Lockyer Valley gateway. Quench your thirst on the shady deck of this historical family-owned hotel which offers traditional pub food such as bangers and mash to more contemporary fare. They even have their own B&B nearby if you simply can’t bear to leave.

Perhaps the amber brew is your specialty? Alehouse24 at Ipswich’s Yamanto Tavern is a beer connoisseur’s paradise, boasting 24-count’em, 24 crafted brews on tap. Sip the likes of Little Creatures Shepherd’s Delight or Four Hearts, and indulge in classy bar food. The traditional German pretzels served with dukkah and olive oil complement the cold stuff nicely.

Another must do stop on your Ipswich dining journey is platform 9 Restaurant, an inner-city mecca for fine food and wine. In the Metro hotel Ipswich International, Platform 9’s modern Australian cuisine has caused a buzz among foodies with discerning tastebuds.

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