Passionate about bringing people together
The Old Bakehouse Tavern is a fixture of Williamstown, having been built in 1850! It’s seen Williamstown transform from the centre of the pastoral and forestry region to become the ‘Southern Gateway’ to the surrounding wine and agriculture sector.
Over 170 years of history
The Old Bakehouse Tavern was built by Ben Smith and first opened as a Butcher shop and Grocer.
The Bakehouse had a new owner, Mr Winton. He erected a large oven out the back and created a Bakery. It ran as a Bakery for 80 years under different owners. We have restored this original oven back to working condition and have named it Mr Winton in honour.
The Bakehouse was then home for multiple different types of businesses and services, including a Solicitors Office, a Fish & Chip Shop, a second hand clothing store for the Church of Christ and then the base for the local Meals and Wheels service.
The building was renovated in an effort to restore it to its original condition and then was converted into a “Wine Bar”.
The Old Bakehouse Tavern was leased by Dave & Susie Piper, who revamped it and re-opened the building as a Tavern and Restaurant.
Under Dave & Susie’s ownership, The Old Bakehouse Tavern upgraded its licence to a ‘Hotel Licence’ and Gaming Machines were installed. The interior walls were removed to open up the inside of the restaurant, and the veranda had a makeover along with the toilet block.
Dave and Susie Piper purchased the Freehold, and gave the building another renovation. Which included the front and back of the property, installing a new kitchen, two cold rooms and freezer room, office and a private residence.
The Beer Garden, Kitchen and Car Park were given another renovation.
Dave and Susie Piper sold the Freehold to Mary Birnie and the business to Ventureholics Pty Ltd
The Dream Team!
We (Nathan and Oksana) are no strangers to great food and wine. Originally from the Melbourne hospitality scene, we have worked across a wide range of restaurants, bars and catering before opening The Old Bakehouse Tavern. Previously, we have run successful businesses in Victoria, such as the boutique events and catering company, Handcrafted Catering, and Great Ocean Road fine dining establishment, The Perch in Lavers Hill. However, in early 2022 we decided that we were ready for a change! After travelling across the country, we soon decided that Williamstown would be the perfect place for our next venture.
We were inspired by the beauty of the Barossa Valley, the evolving food and wine scene, and the friendly locals. Using our wealth of experience in hospitality, we’ve created a restaurant that utilises some of the finest talent, ingredients and craftsmanship around Williamstown. The Old Bakehouse Tavern is a testament to our love for fantastic food, wonderful wines and creating premier dining experiences.
Being Old Never Looked So Good!
You can try your luck in our gaming room or enjoy those warmer nights out in our beer garden. Relax in the cocktail lounge by the fire as you sample our well stocked bar. No visit to The Old Bakehouse Tavern is complete without trying our signature cocktail – the Bakehouse Carnival.
While we are serious about our service and our great food, The Old Bakehouse Tavern provides an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere so you can unwind and have fun with your friends and family. Regardless of whether you want to celebrate your special event, catch up with someone or simply enjoy a delicious meal, you can do it at The Old Bakehouse Tavern!
The Barossa Valley Region
The Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions offer more than fantastic wines, you’ll also find exceptional specialty breads, cheeses, aristinal honey, sweets and locally cured meats sold in farmer markets and independent grocers.
There’s also plenty to explore in Williamstown! The Whispering Wall is a wonder to both small and big kids alike, with the unique acoustic effects making the dam a must visit. Dive into the history of the region by visiting the Barossa Goldfields. Then top off a fantastic day with a visit to The Old Bakehouse Tavern!
We’re excited by the exceptional talent and craftsmanship within Williamstown. We always look to work with local suppliers to source high quality ingredients which make our delicious, rustic food! The majority of our ingredients and drinks are sourced locally, from wines, vingeras, honey, to a range of small goods. Even our furniture is artisan! You can sit on our custom wine barrel furniture, which was created by local craftsman Corey, in our Beer Garden.
How To Find Us
We’re conveniently located in the heart of Williamstown on Queen street! Come drop by for a drink or book a table and enjoy a meal with us. Everyone’s invited to The Old Bakehouse Tavern – we are proud to be dog friendly!
10 Queen St, Williamstown SA 5351
(08) 8524 6117