Iconic dining hub brought back to life

Let’s meat in the Switch – the cry has gone out with the opening of Bakehouse Steakhouse in an iconic heritage building in the heart of Ipswich.


Dating back to 1875, the building has been given a fresh modern makeover that manages to retain and showcase its heritage character.

Metal-tiled floors, industrial windows and extensive brickwork, including the original oven of the old bakery remain.

The site was home for many years to Haley’s Bakery before emerging as a restaurant in the 1970s that is still well remembered by Ipswich families.

Owners Nick, Alastair and Chris Stevenson, know a thing or two about the meat industry so owning a steakhouse seems a natural progression. Their father, Alastair Snr, has spent his working life in the industry and the family has Gillies Small Goods at Redcliffe and Collins Wholesale Meats at Lowood.

So you can rest assured the steak section of the menu has been carefully sourced. Think Stanbroke Black Angus from the Diamantina. Think an in-house dry ageing cabinet.

Think talented chef Josh Lawson who is in charge of the new kitchen. 

Bakehouse Steakhouse has a beautiful bar with arched detailing and a dessert bar in a neon-lit corner sports a Flavorama soft serve machine. So far, all kinds of fruit, chocolate and cereal combos have been tested. The restaurant seats 94 people indoors with a large outdoor garden area and a private dining room for up to 18. 

Bakehouse Steakhouse, on the corner of Darling Street East and West Street, Ipswich, is open noon-9pm Tuesday-Thursday, noon-late Friday and Saturday; and from noon-4pm on Sunday.  Bookings and walk-ins accepted. Phone 3281 8132.

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