The gracious Ulster Hotel has been serving patrons in the centre of Ipswich since 1910, with the current owners keeping it in the same family since they took it on in 1934.

With such strong family ties, you can be guaranteed that this is a great place to eat and drink, with the emphasis on quality. There’s also a function room for bigger gatherings.

The old pub was lovingly restored after being damaged by the 2011 floods and it still has its old-world charm, including the ornate pressed metal ceiling. Co-owner Bev’s father and grandfather both played rugby league for Australia, with memorabilia from their glory days gracing the walls.

The Ulster’s menu is contemporary, with the offerings being a cut above traditional bar fare. All food is freshly cooked on the premises, with lunch options including Burgers, Pastas and a Warm Beef Salad. For dinner, try the Fillet Mignon using Certified Angus Beef, and vegetarians are catered for with dishes such as Vegetarian Mushroom Risotto. Craft beer includes the Ulster Irish Red Ale which was specially commissioned by a private brewer, and there’s a selective quality wine list.

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