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Speights Ale House

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Brew Pub, Pub, New Zealand
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245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
03 3085980
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Speight’s Ale Houses have become an intrinsic part of the history of...
Speight’s Ale Houses have become an intrinsic part of the history of Speight’s. Found within the historic brewery is the original Ale House, opened in 1999. The Speight's Ale House Ashburton breathed new life into the magnificent old bank building when it was transformed into an iconic Speight's Ale House.Enjoy the hearty menu, relaxed ambience and great range of Speight's on tap with your mates every day from 11 am.
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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Local Bar

Good Meals & drinks, but very slow service from wait staff, to the point that they served 2 tables that had seated after us before coming back to take our orders which in turn meant our meals came out later as well, meant we had to have another beer...

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Hamish P
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Ashburton, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

terrible staff who did not even answer me when I said the food was awful.A waste of time and money. I would never go back. Speights in Timaru is amazing so the local was very disappointing

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Good Meals & drinks, but very slow service from wait staff, to the point that they served 2 tables that had seated after us before coming back to take our orders which in turn meant our meals came out later as well, meant we had to have another beer...

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Tamworth, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Went here for dinner twice. Nice cosy atmosphere. Had chicken filo, steak sandwich, pork snitzel and lamb shanks. Was all pretty good except the pork! We classify it as good pub grub. The beers are better than the food!

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Lovely large pub with restaurant. Friendly staff. Lovely food. Better menus choice than most of the other bars and restaurants in the area. Plus we were served our foods promptly.

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Malaysia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I went here for dinner based on recommendations by our motel host. It didn't disappoint! I ordered the Fish & Chips - the portions were generous and taste was delicious. The tomato and mozarella bread (appetiser) was also delicious. I liked the pub's ambience. Although it was quite a crowded evening, it wasn't too noisy or loud. They did seem... More 

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Albury, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We eat here a bit and are always happy with the food and service. It's really good pub food, better than a bunch of restaurants really. The staff are always friendly and efficient. The servings of food are generous and of high quality. I love the salt and pepper squid. My husband loves the ribs.

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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I find it an easy place to go to, it's not outstanding, but you can expect a good meal for the price. Usually the food is generous, and the staff helpful and the atmosphere ok. Not for the gourmet diner but fine when you just want something to eat.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

All establishments vary from time to time as they have new staff and new chefs etc. The sleights Ale House is having a good run. I have been regularly over last six months due to excellent food and service. The steaks and ribs have excelled. Enjoy

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Wellington, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The food is typical franchise food.....as it is with no personal touch. Unfair to give a good review as my meal was not very good but I am sure Speights are successfull because of great service they are know for with well priced plain food. My seafood chowder with shells I am sure may have been a one off

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Ashburton, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I took my son and his partner to speights ale house ashburton for his 20th birthday today. The waitress was really nice and read us the specials. When I heard there was bluff oysters I was very excited! Alas they were shrivelled up little pieces of rubber! As if that wasn't bad enough,when I told the waitress she spoke to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: 03 3085980

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Brew Pub, Pub, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Speight’s Ale Houses have become an intrinsic part of the history of Speight’s. Found within the historic brewery is the original Ale House, opened in 1999. The Speight's Ale House Ashburton breathed new life into the magnificent old bank building when it was transformed into an iconic Speight's Ale House.Enjoy the hearty menu, relaxed ambience and great range of Speight's on tap with your mates every day from 11 am.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?