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Sprig & Fern Tavern

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
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53 Beach Road, Richmond 7020, New Zealand
+64 3-544 8675
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2013

A very relaxed atmosphere, friendly bar staff and good food from a short menu. We even joined in the Pub Quiz but were abysmal on the music round

Thank Lyn C
Houston, Texas
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182 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Just off the main street. A comfortable spot with pretty good bar food. Outdoor seating if you want it.

Thank HouTexTravel
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We ordered our food next door and headed in to the Sprig and Fern Tavern, where we all ordered very nice drinks and waited for our food to be delivered. The Tavern has a nice feel about it, with friendly, helpful staff and a good atmosphere. We had a lovely evening and I would come back again.

Thank Lizzie D
Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 16, 2013

good beers on tap with live music on a Sunday night, featuring some kiwi classics perfect! Friendly staff who were able to help with the beer selection. Central location with other outlets in the area

Thank bruce c
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place is one of several (7?8?) in Nelson. We hit it up as part of our beer tour of Nelson, and we're glad we did. The staff were super nice and helpful, and we ended up getting a flight - of all the options! That's 18 beers. T'was awesome. A true local joint.

Thank NikiRhodes
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Feels like a proper pub with a really decent selection of home-brewed beers - they'll even let you taste a couple before you decide. Food (pie and chips) was good too.

Thank LaFrost
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Not the easiest place to find, just going into this place could be a problem if you are nervous about walking into dimly lit bars where you don't know what you will find. Overcome your reserve and you'll find some really interesting beer served (in our case at least) by someone who can guide you to one of the company's... More 

Thank Dave E
philadelphia, pa
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Good wine and food. Definitely worth a visit. Good customer service as well. We were pleasantly surprised.

Thank Citygirl38
Llangollen, North Wales
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. The food was also very good. If we visit Motueka again will definitely visit the Sprig & Fern Tavern.

Thank SueD58_12
Biggar, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We popped in here for a drink and the place has a really great atmosphere. Food looked amazing, although we didn't eat, but staff were friendly and with places to sit outside and bar stools and comfy couches, it really was the place to be

Thank AlibnJen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Beach Road, Richmond 7020, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +64 3-544 8675
The Sprig & Fern Milton St was voted Best Bar in NZ in 2012 and Best Bar in Nelson in 2013. The success of the craft beer tavern, owned by S&F Head Brewer Tracy Banner, has been down to the staff and the people who call the Milton St "Sprig" their local. The atmosphere is very welcoming, just like a big living room but without a loud TV to interfere with the chatting. All the S&F craft beers are on tap and carefully selected regional wines from NZ. A very popular range of food is available which is delivered piping hot to your table. Our style is very much English pub meets Kiwi tavern.If you are staying in Nelson and you enjoy excellent craft beer and company you have to make your way over to the Milton St Sprig & Fern tavern.

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