The Prince Alfred hotel was built in 1842 by Mr D Bergin. It was a two-storey timber hotel surrounded by 40 acres of Cotton Fields. The original cold room still stands today, dating back to 1842. Up for sale in 1866 the Ipswich Hotel was a hardwood timber building and contained 7 rooms with a detached kitchen a piggery and garden, store-room, dairy, five stables, stockyard and milking bail.
In 1961, the Historic Prince Alfred Hotel was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and opened in 1963. In 1987, the Johnson Family purchased the hotel from Carlton and have remained passionately independent ever since.
In December 2012, the iconic Ipswich hotel opened its doors to its new Steakhouse, Char’d Restaurant. The name derives from when the hotel burnt down over 70 years ago and continued serving cold beer out of the cold room; the only part of the hotel not destroyed by the fire.
Locals called it ‘The Charcoal Inn’ because of the charcoal and tin underfoot. The 250 seat steakhouse is a popular restaurant among Ipswich locals. Our focus is on local produce, fresh ingredients and carefully matched wines and craft beers. Come in and try our delicious deep fried mars bar, Tomahawk Steak or 8 different hand-rolled pizza’s! With lunch specials and Daily Deals, there’s something to suit every budget!
Tap’d Bar is the biggest bar in the Southern hemisphere with 72 craft beers and ciders on tap. In fact, Tap’d Bar holds the industry record for the most number of beers on tap at one time from Dainton Brewery! With a range of beers, we have easy drinking beers and more boutique small-batch beers so whatever your budget, you’ll find something to love!
Plantations Restaurant continues to offer a casual dining experience with a focus on good quality local produce and amazing value meals. Plantations Coffee Shop has delicious fresh cakes and treats plus the best coffee in Ipswich.
Our Australian award-winning Harry Browns continues to provide customers with low prices every day and exceptional service. Our team can offer you advice on great quality wines, beer, craft beer and spirits. Whether you’re catering for a function, special event or just looking for something exciting to try, our team at Harry Brown’s Liquor Store Ipswich has you covered!