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Situated on Quarantine Rd opposite Mitre 10 Mega and the WOW Museum we are proud to be the 17th Speight's Ale House across the country and the very first of the new look Ale House! Whether its good hearty portions of southern style food or Speight's exclusive range of award winning tap beer and extensive wine list this is the place to cater for all. With space for over 250 patrons in one of our many areas of the Restaurant , Bar or sun drenched Garden Bar there is always a spot for everyone. The Speight's Ale House brings strong traditions of legendary southern hospitality and you'll find the owner operator Gareth Caldwell and his great crew of staff live and breath by these age old values.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed January 24, 2021

I go to speight heaps to watch sport and to relax and some time listen to the band and it a great place if your by your self or with a group .The staff and always friendly and helpful and food is great and i...love there chicken salad and Maxine makes the best hot chocolatesMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us this amazing review! We will see you again soon Craig

Reviewed January 18, 2021 via mobile

Booked a table and we were told they were fully booked so they only had a low bar table available. When we got there and left over two hours later it didn’t look fully booked and there were heaps of tables free. I think it...was more that they didn’t have enough staff on. We ordered before a few tables who were then served well before us 20 minutes or so more. We waited 25minutes for a drink and 45 minutes to get our main course. The table beside us had to send there food back a few times due to wrong order. We wouldn’t go here again. We had three children with us who were starving and it wasn’t enjoyable for any of us. When we told the waitress how long we had been waiting she gave a quick sorry and that was it. Would not recommend if you’re hungry!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

First time here, we had a voucher with the entertainment book. Our server Michelle was just brilliant, so obvious she loves her job!! Only faults would be the lamb in the lamb salad had so much fat on it & the breads in the breads...& dips starter were so budget!! It was like bread from the supermarket lightly toasted! Otherwise great & we would return & recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review

Reviewed November 24, 2020 via mobile

Good selection of food choices- nicely cooked with generous serves. Small meals for children was appreciated. Only downside was bar noise.

Date of visit: December 2019
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the 4 stars. We hope to see you again soon

Reviewed November 20, 2020

Great service, I had an issue with my food, and the floor. All replaced no questions. Thank you :) Great venue for a quiz night. Good vide

Date of visit: November 2020
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon

Reviewed September 28, 2020

I really enjoy going to the speight ale House, such great atmosphere and service especially Heather, she is really accommodating and super friendly.

Date of visit: September 2020
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! Heather will be stoked to hear

Reviewed September 23, 2020

Stopped for lunch after a very long day, the young waitress was very good but the food was variable. The breakfast sliders were excellent but the leek and potato soup was watery and utterly tasteless even after adding heaps of salt and pepper. These places...on the whole are good value for money and generally the food is good but the soup was a let down.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We are really sorry about the soup. I remember this soup and we pulled it from the menu not long after it was put on. We are really sorry and completely...More

Reviewed August 22, 2020

I was looking forward to a dinner out with friends with drinks before hand. Although the food and drink was good, the service was terrible. I travel a lot and dine at a lot of establishments, from a service perspective, this was a dismal failure....It started as soon as we walked in the door. The waitress looked up at us without a smile and almost a look of 'you are interrupting me'. We ordered drinks from the bar and made our way to our own table outside. After a while we needed more drinks. Our group of 5 tried to flag down the waitress for some service and the look was a look of death! I don't know her name as she did not introduce herself so I can't report who she was. Long hair with a half hoop through her nose. When she bought the drinks out she placed them on the table without a word and left. Later on with empty glasses we had to flag her down again and we ordered one drink and before we could order more, she left to get the one drink without looking at everyone else's. When she bought out the drink and we asked if we were able to order more drinks, again the look was one of complete disgust as if we should have ordered them before. We gave up and moved to a table inside. Unfortunately we ended up with her serving our table. She came to the table and said 'yip?' Yip what woman? What part of hospitality school did you miss, the whole training? If you don't want to be there, then do everyone a favour and don't show up for work. And then......I ordered a glass of wine, dinner came, no wine. Another waitress asked if I wanted a drink (first time I had been asked all night) and I said that I had already ordered one. She went away and came back with a glass of wine. Then the grumpy waitress showed up with another glass of wine, put it down straight and left without a word. Then had the cheek to charge me for the second glass of wine! Manners and friendly service go a long way to making the dining experience a memorable one or a regretful one. Unfortunately for us, it was latter. This reflects in our desire, or lack of, to return and subsequently promote negatively to other friends.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm sincerely sorry to hear you were let down by our service. We take customer feedback very seriously. I completely understand how frustrated you must've felt repeatedly waiting for service and unhelpful wait staff. Normally...More

Reviewed July 17, 2020 via mobile

Didn’t book but they could set us right away. Upstairs from the business of the pub. Very nice setting. Meals were beautiful. I had the chicken burger and hubby had the steak. Enjoyed it all. Staff were amazing.

Date of visit: July 2020
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alehousenelson, General Manager at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2020

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Max

Reviewed July 17, 2020

Other than needing a headlamp to read the menu, a clean and tidy restaurant serving good food. Good size meals without being ridiculously large.

Date of visit: July 2020
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alehousenelson, General Manager at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Max

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woodstews
January 6, 2016|
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Response from alehousenelson | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for the message. I can assure you they are hygienic and of a very high standard which meets all Food Safety requirements. Hope you enjoyed you meal with us. Kind regards, Gareth Caldwell Owner / Operator
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woodstews
January 6, 2016|
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Response from alehousenelson | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for the message. I can assure you they are hygienic and of a very high standard which meets all Food Safety requirements. Hope you enjoyed you meal with us. Kind regards, Gareth Caldwell Owner... More
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Roger1066
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Response from alehousenelson | Property representative |
Hi Roger, Our pints are start from $7.90 for our mainstream beer, with Craft beer and cider $8.20. Cheers Gareth
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