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Speights Ale House

245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
03 3085980
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Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Ashburton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: New Zealand, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

It was noisy and friendly...all you would expect from an Ale House. I had the Speights Porter...a dark beer that tastes surprisingly light! It was noisy in there...so not great for conversation but the beer as cold, the food was plentiful and staff attentive.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have dined at Speight's several times. On the last three occasions, we've taken guests with us and all agree that the meals were very good, and the service, excellent. We've tried several different meals on the menu. The pork belly, rib-eye steak and other red meat options were cooked to perfection. Steak for one of us was medium (yummy)... More

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Timaru, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Met family from Christchurch and Timaru at this restaurant for a family birthday. Staff were so helpful I asked when booking could I bring our own Birthday cake no problem. Staff were so helpful hide the cake out the back kept chilled and when we were ready brought it out with candles lit ready to go. Also provided plates and... More

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Ashburton, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The calamari was fantastic. Definitely recommended! Loved the schnitzel too and salad also. I wanted dessert but could not fit it in.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Very good service,Friendly and welcoming. Our meals were delivered quickly - good size. Good value for money.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We'd been here for an alfresco drink a few times so thought we'd try some lunch. Firstly, although there was only one other table dining the service was really really slow, the waitress herself was lovely we just got sporadic service. Food portions were huge! My partner opted for small ribs - I dread to think what large are like!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I keep going back to Speights Ashburton because the staff are so friendly. They welcome me by name each time I enter there restaurant. Their menu is great and the portions are plentiful. It is pleasing to see families of all sizes and ages enjoying the atmosphere. It is a great place to meet up with the locals too. Speights... More

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Los Angeles, California
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Fun upscale pub-like atmosphere. The food is only okay but the portions huge. I had a chicken and brie sandwich,which was fine but nothing special . Hubby had a full plate of barbecue ribs (huge portions) but they were very greasy. We are spoiled having had some awesome ribs in the States (especially Memphis TN) and these did not compare.... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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120 reviews 120 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Popped in on a warm afternoon, the beer was welcoming and the historic venue appealing. This place has a nice outdoor seating area out the back and whilst it boarders the car park and roadway, is sheltered enough to be 'out of the way'. Ordered a bar snack (nachos) and while it was an ample serve, the toppings were a... More

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed our recent meals with the lovely staff at Speights Ashburton. We don't often get our work rosters to coincide so when we do we try to make the most of it. This month we chose to try Speights again and were not disappointed. The staff seated us promptly and were very attentive throughout our... More

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