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Reviewed October 24, 2020

well how do i put this review into words, well lets start its the worst roast beef and Yorkshire pud meal i have ever had in my 64 years on this planet and being from the UK i had a few and i even cook...them for my family,the Chef(term used lightly as this person has never did any training)and has probably never had a good Yorkshire pudding in his life!! the peas where black where they been left in the pan tooooooooooooooo long, the new potatoes where not cooked inside,the gravy was like a concrete mix and well the beef who ever is supplying it wants shooting and the buyer for restaurant needs to take some training on the basic of buying meat,and lastly the Yorkshire pud i could have used it to lift my car up instead of my car ramps how can you get something so wrong,so here is how you make and cook it,add 4 oz of plain flour, a pinch of salt,some milk and water mixed so you end with a good thickish batter,heat oven to 220c-230 place a Yorkshire pudding tin in the oven with lard or duck fat in the compartments and get it up to the oven temp and should be light smoke coming of the tin,just before you put the mixture into the tin pop in some sparkling water into the mix add the mixture quickly so oven does not loose it heat shut door turn oven down to 210 and dont open again till the Yorkshire have risen!!!wallah perfect Yorkshires,now for the rest watch jamie or James martin on how to cook beef,i thought the pub looked empty at 6.30 on a Sunday night and now i can see why!!!!i wont be eating here again for a long time and normally i take 6- 8 people on a regular so lift your game ,i must say the waiter that served me was superb and its a shame he had to put out such crap!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 8, 2020

My partner and I came here expecting standard pub fare so we weren’t expecting anything overly fancy but what we got was disappointing. The staff were friendly and did a great job but the food was really disappointing. I had the lamb shank, flavourless and...swimming in a pool of tomato juice, the vegetables were shrivelled and we were not informed the carb portion was unavailable so we were given a bowl of chips each which we didn’t want. We would appreciate being told so we could have chosen different mains. My partner’s “southern man steak” was cut up for him (yikes) so a bit cold and dry when it got to us. The food really left a lot to be desired and despite the staff being lovely, we aren’t in a hurry to dine there again. Seems like a good place to go for drinks and something to pick at but not so much a quality meal out, from our experience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed September 15, 2020 via mobile

We were 2 families with young kids looking forward to the "Kids eat free" on Tuesday nights special. We have been before for this deal and eaten here on many other occasions, with families, with friends and for work nights out. I have never had...an issue before and always enjoyed the experience. Tonight was truly terrible. We all ordered our meals at the same time. The waiter read our order back to us. So far, so good. The waiter brought me the wrong wine, and I asked him to get me the right one, which he did. Not a huge problem. Our mains arrived, except for one beef burger. We were told it would be out soon. Two of the children's meals were not quite what we ordered, we sent one back and lived with the other one. The kids beef burger was tiny, the size of a meatball. My pad thai noodles were undercooked and unpleasant to eat, so I left them. Twenty minutes later, still no sign of the missing burger. I go to talk to the manager and find another family in front of me, complaining about being charged for their kids meals. Apparently the deal has changed to Monday nights, but the website still says Tuesdays. They had phoned in advance to check and were told it was Tuesday. The manager apologized and removed the meals from the bill. I complained to the manager about the missing meal. He said he would talk to the kitchen. A few minutes later, a chicken burger arrived at our table. My friend sent it back as it wasn't what he ordered. The service had been patchy all night - no one checked if our meals were ok, we had to ask repeatedly for water refills, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. So we decided to leave. The manager didn't charge us for our kids meals or my pad thai (which the chef said was cooked al dente! Pasta is cooked al dente, thai noodles are meant to be soft and translucent). My husband's steak was fine, so we paid for that and the drinks. We asked the manager what has changed since our last visit a few weeks ago. He said a lot of staff have left and the new ones still need more training. I also noticed that the menu has shrunk from huge to a handful of choices. In these Covid times, restaurants need to do better to retain regular customers.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed June 20, 2020 via mobile

When I get poor service I do not automatically recourse to social media I always talk face to face first. I have been going to the Speights Ale House in Stonefields since it opened. I am a local and a regular. We eat there, invite...friends around from other areas and I love to watch rugby there, the atmosphere is usually fun, with lots of people crowded around each other’s tables all in good spirit. However this weekend and last weekend I hav arrived to something new, tables reserved on game night with views of the screens, these tables are not in the meals section or reserved for meals. One table reserved tonight ate bar snacks another some fries, so they were not reserved for meals. I have not experienced tables reserved in bars like this before. I politely asked the guy at the bar what was behind the reserved tables and was told that was only for “special people”. As I went to ask what made them special and why I a patron of years was not special, he told me to, move along. He was too busy to answer my polite and reasonable question. If some one from the Speights Ale House reads this could they please explain how some patrons are special and others not. Further to my annoyance, as it’s an ale house you could expect ale to be served in pints, yes I know nz is metric and there is no legal requirement to serve a pint measure. I asked the bar if what I was served was a pint, it was a new smaller glass on a stem and was told, It is a pint. Well I later pored a small 360ml stubby into it and it only just came up to the same line my so called pint was filled to. So now a pint at this place is about 360ml at a stretch if it was filled to the brim with no head it could be 400ml. I would hold that my serving came no where near the NZ accepted 400ml plus of a so called pint. Oh yes and they are charging the same price range as they used to for a what looked like a pint. I’m off to the Moa next week and and will be taking my friends with me, and will be pointing this out to all my Stonefields Neighbours and friends.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

We were seated straight away without a reservation, ordered and food was with us within half an hour. Lots of GF options, and the staff were lovely.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Firstly I was surprised to see the large number of young children in this pub restaurant. The service was not very good. The food was ok and well presented. Based on how busy the place was I would assume that the locals enjoy the restaurant...and what it offers.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

I have tried their whole menu except dessert they do look great for the sweet tooth. I’ve left always happy.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

Here is another wonderful restaurant in Auckland, with undoubtedly the friendliest we encountered in New Zealand. We had incredible soup, a delicious salad and steak, all of them superb.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

Lovely evening with family and friends at Speights Ale House at Stonefields, Auckland. The beer is good, food nicely cooked and fresh. Very good wait staff. Great place for a family evening.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

Have eaten at Speights many times and as a rule food is generally of a high standard and staff very pleasant. Speights have reprinted/ changed menus lately which is great but for one item. On menu salt and pepper calamari as an entree ( had...numerous times before and delicious) this time we got what I would call very spicy calamari which was not suitable for 2 of our group to eat as way to spicy. Either go back to your old recipe please OR change the menu to reflect what you are serving. Hopefully our feedback to the waitress was passed on. ThanksMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Response from Mike G | Reviewed this property |
I would presume so, as this is a family friendly restaurant
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Yes we do have guest WIFI
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We just walked in so no I don't think so :)
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