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Speights Ale House Wanaka

93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
03-443 5459
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Ranked #19 of 59 restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road from Lake Wanaka. The outdoor decks afford all day sun with a picturesque view of the lake. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available with a wide variety of gastromeals on the menu.
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Glenorchy, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

When we go to Wanaka we always dine in The Ale House for obvious reasons. Being in the hospitality business you get to know good food, great atmosphere and friendly staff and service that is tops even in the rush hour which most places cant plan for. Would really recommend this place as the menu has something for everyone and... More

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback on the Wanaka Speights Ale House. Its fantastic to have people who appreciate the varied menu and the many beers and wines we have available but also the staff that make the place tick. We are glad you enjoy dining at ours when you are in town. More

Mill Creek, Washington
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159 reviews 159 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a newer establishment across the street from the lake. The soup and daily special were served quickly and both were tasty. Enjoyed the Winter Olympics playing on the TVs and the attentive wait staff. Nice clean bathrooms!

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your experience at the Wanaka Speights Ale House. Its great to hear you enjoyed sitting and watching some of the Winter Olympics over meals that you found to your liking. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I came here with some friends on two occasions, both times I had the ribeye steak. The steak was cooked to perfection and the service was great. The manager also came around for a chat which was much appreciated. i almost forgot great coffee and beer.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Its always great to have your steak cooked just the way you want it so we were really pleased with your thoughts on your steak. "Southern Charm" is what we strive for at the Wanaka Speights Ale House and all the staff take a genuine interest in all customers who walk through our doors. More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We got hooked on this place. Great service, warm and bustling atmosphere and terrific food. Not your average pub.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback - we are glad you found everything to your liking from the food all the way through to the service. This compliment has been passed on to the staff. More

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The food is good pub food with an extensive menu. We were able to have some old favourites such as 'bangers and mash' and 'liver and bacon'. These were of course plated and presented a bit more exotically than they sound. Enjoyable and worth a second visit.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. The "Liver and Bacon" and "Bangers and Mash" are a popular meal at the Wanaka Speights Ale House. Definitely an "oldie but a goodie". More

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The food, I must say, was better than we expected. The beer was tasty, but the portions were huge. We had just completed a long hike, so we were ready for our meals. There is a great view of the lake from the restaurant.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. The Wanaka Speights Ale House prides itself on delivering good southern fare - with generous portions all at a reasonable cost. The lake views are certainly a great backdrop which many a customer has commented on. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Busy vibrant pub. Meal was good standard and well priced. Service was very good. I had the lamb shanks 1/2 size which was large and lovely. My partner had full size fish and chips which was huge by our standards and very good.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for recent feedback on the Wanaka Speights Ale House. Its is great to hear that you found the meals you had chosen much to your liking. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Wanaka. More

Yorkshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Weather was glorious, so we sat outside and ate our meal. Great choice and good choice of ales too! We had to share a table and happened to be sat next to a couple who lived in Auckland and were on holiday in Wanaka, so offered advice on many issues of life in NZ. Site of this Speights ale house... More

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent feedback on the Wanaka Speights Ale House. The outdoor seating is a popular choice for most - especially when Wanaka is "shining". Meeting "new faces" is a great bonus while you were outside too. More

Northampton, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A good selection on the menu and excellent value. Very friendly staff. Gets crowded so advisable to eat early

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on the Wanaka Speights Ale House. We are pleased you found the menu to hold a good selection and to be of excellent value. More

Dublin, Ireland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Try to get an outside table if you can during the summer months. The service is friendly and efficient, and the food tasty and well prepared.

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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on the Wanaka Speights Ale House. We are glad you found the service friendly and efficient, and the food tasty and well prepared. We hope to see you again. More

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