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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a good for value

Plenty of options and always a good feed. The large seafood chowder is fantastic value for money. Staff are friendly. Depending on occasion you can either sit in theresurant or bar area. They have settea times on the weekend which is a great idea so you don't ave to wit for other tables to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Sara M
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The Speight's Ale House, in Ashburton, is a great place to catch-up with friends over a drink and a few snacks. But as a a place to find healthy food options, it's a coronary by-pass! The meals are huge, high in fat content and smothered in a range of commercially prepared sauces and dressings. Fresh fish, with a smoked salmon... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

45 minute wait with no soup, kids pasta and sausages and mash in sight- too long. Very disappointed. We would have gone elsewhere if we had been told on seating that we were looking at over an hour wait.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Plenty of options and always a good feed. The large seafood chowder is fantastic value for money. Staff are friendly. Depending on occasion you can either sit in theresurant or bar area. They have settea times on the weekend which is a great idea so you don't ave to wit for other tables to be finished. Would recomend booking a... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great service and very good meal. Only problems are that it is rather noisy and they have set dining times which are not necessarily suitable for many people. Otherwise very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Friendly staff- And good food! Good prices for good quality big meals. Always fully booked here which is a good sign. Will be back

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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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Additional Information about Speights Ale House

Address: 245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 3085980
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: Brew Pub, Pub, New Zealand

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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 10 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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?