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All 44 Timaru Restaurants

Speights Ale House

2 George Street, Timaru 8601, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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Ranked #7 of 44 Restaurants in Timaru
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $23
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Enjoy the award winning Speight's Ale House in Timaru. We have an the immense outdoor courtyard, great southern food and hospitality. Try some of local cuisine, from small/shared plates to larger meals. Private dining rooms available. Come and experience the best in Timaru!
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Cairns, Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Speights Ale House is great, the atmosphere, the building, the food & drinks, I really recommend going here, I had the lamb shanks, they melted in my mouth! A great place for lunch or dinner, the staff are really friendly, Just a great place!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Very busy due to block booking in upstairs restaurant. Fairly average meal for the cost. Resources were devoted to the large number of per booked guests

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review. Admittedly Christmas is a busy time for us with large Christmas parties, however this shouldn't impact on the service and quality of our meals. As I don't have any record of a complaint on this day, please feel free to ring and discuss. Kind Regards Nigel Bowen 036866030/0276221111 More 

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Delicious meals washed down with New Zealand's best beers all in a historic setting of Timaru's oldest building. Must be the best place in town to get something to eat and get a drink.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us, our team prides themselves on deliver great food and service topped by New Zealand's best beers. All the best Nigel More 

Timaru, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A delicious well presented and tasty meal for a cold night. Excellent friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy an evening out with family.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Hi Bernadette Thanks for taking the time to submit a review, we really appreciate you taking the time and your custom. Kind Regards Nigel More 

Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wife and I went for an evening meal and was well received by the staff and seat straight away. Staff were very friendly all the way through the evening and the food was well presented and nicely cook.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Hi Mariah Thanks for taking the time to review us, we do work hard to provide and cater for a great many tastes and your feedback is great for the team. Kind Regards Nigel More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Great food, friendly staff & excellent service. Menu varied for all needs. Atmosphere is cosy whether dining alone or with a group.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks Mariah for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your feedback as it is a great reward for the team to know they are on the mark in providing great food, atmosphere and service. Kind Regards Nigel More 

Havant, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Staff incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable about their products. Keen to please. All drinks we had were excellent. Food was very attractively presented, with good sized portions.Premises very clean and tidy. Nice outside games area. So good we went back 3 times in 2 days.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, I will pass your comments on to our team. Kind Regards Nigel More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Dinned for lunch today and was disappointed. The young waiter said here got this for ya, giving us the wine list. He then did not tell us the specials for the day. Meal was average.

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TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review from Lunchtime on Friday. The person you are referring to was on a work day from there school and it was literally his first day! All our other customers had made very positive comments about this young man and I can't change the diction of the youth of today in one hour. Thanks you for... More 

Timaru, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Whether you're looking for a light meal or something more substantial, you will find it here, The most delightful lamb shanks, and the most melt in the mouth lambs fry to a delightful chicken salad,this is the place to go. Wonderful atmosphere and the historic place of the old landing service building is just awesome. Wonderful wine and beers on... More 

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Naseby, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped for a beer in their great beer garden in the afternoon, wonderful atmosphere, so we booked for dinner later which was generous yet more than your standard pub food, I had the yummy seafood chowder and Lamb entrée. Foodies would enjoy eating here!

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Address: 2 George Street, Timaru 8601, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-686 6030
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Timaru
Average Prices: USD 12 - 23

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