Hooray! It was open on a Monday, when, in Dunedin, many restaurants are closed. Monday was the 80th birthday of a cousin and the preferred night for a family dinner. We were not disappointed. The wooden furnishings and the metal staircase actually worked well to generate "brewery" atmosphere. Wooden floors, masonry walls and a mezzanine floor meant noise, but it was not overwhelming. The tables were well-spaced and access for the elderly was more than adequate. I believe the water on the table was from the brewery's spring. You could tell by the taste that it certainly was not the usual chlorinated dead tasting Town Supply. Service was excellent, both for drinks and food orders. The young male waiter willingly checked with the chef for possible allergy content of the proposed dish. The menu was varied and not expensive. Blue cod is an Otago specialty, but there was a good range of other dishes as well. The meals appeared promptly and together. A rare steak was cooked a little longer on request without a fuss being made. The food was plentiful. The salad accompanying the meals was excellent, not the usual sad fare at all. Sadly, two of us found the fruit crumble was soggy not crumbly, but it was delicious all the same. The evening was pleasant and we were able to talk without shouting among the group of seven. For a quiet family gathering with diverse food tastes, Speights Ale House restaurant is an excellent venue.
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