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Speights Ale House

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2 George Street, Timaru 8601, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Enjoy the award winning Speight's Ale House in Timaru. We have an the...
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 44
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    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Greasy and lazy

Came in for Sunday lunch last week, had the duck fat fries to start ; soggy, even a pool of fat in the corner of the plate . I had the cod as a main which was nice until I hit some rotten lettuce in the salad, which was also the problem in my wife's prawn salad. Very disappointed

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Buildingdreamsnz
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Came in for Sunday lunch last week, had the duck fat fries to start ; soggy, even a pool of fat in the corner of the plate . I had the cod as a main which was nice until I hit some rotten lettuce in the salad, which was also the problem in my wife's prawn salad. Very disappointed

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

Thanks for your review of our business. I have personalised a reply to you. Thanks you for bringing this to my attention. I assure you this is not our normal standard as our team does try very hard to deliver a high standard product. Kind Regards Nigel More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A most enjoyable venue for a 70th birthday lunch. Great atmosphere and good locality. Would go back again and try out for the dinner menu.

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Timaru, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The food is excellent with a great selection in a good price range.Service is really good.would recommend this to all

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Timaru, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a great lunch at this well known local restaurant. Food reasonable value and a varied menu. Could do with making the restaurant area larger so that it isn't quite so cramped as the bar area when we visited was almost empty.

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Timaru City, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

have had a lot of very good meals here and will go back again anytime. The waiter we have had (Mark) is absolutely the best - so friendly and willing to go the extra mile for anyone.

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Greater Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I have just spent a few hours in the beer garden of the Speights Ale house in Timaru - it was perfect. Great beers, wonderfully filing food and excellent wait staff. Lounging away in the beer garden which is ideally suited for young families I was made to feel very welcome and well looked after. There was no push or... More 

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Laguna Beach CA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The food was excellent with good choices and portions large (for NZ), the staff attentive and friendly, the room warm and relaxing. Everything you want in an alehouse for lunch.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

There was three of us for lunch. None of our meals were good. The salad was limp with shrivelled pieces of leaves in it, the duck fat home cut chips were soggy and greasy. The Asian prawn noodle salad was dry and tasteless. The prawns had been cooked in butter with no flavour whatsoever, the seafood chowder was disappointingly bland,... More 

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Timaru
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Just had Sunday lunch at Speights Ale House, it was about 1.15pm when we ordered 4 adult and 1 childs meal. 2.20 when 2 ribeye steaks came out, said we had ordered only 1, plus 2 chicken burgers, a lamb burger and a childs fish and chips. When they returned about 5 minutes later, they still had 2 ribeye's, said... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Generouse portions of tasty food in a nicely decorated building and very well drilled and obliging staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 23

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?