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Speights Ale House

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
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245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
+64 3-308 5980
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Timaru, New Zealand
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The title says it all, really. We arrived early evening on a day which turned out to be the start of their new menu and what a pleasant menu it was, i.e. something for every taste. After sharing flatbread with garlic & herb as an entree, I settled for the chicken & apricot filo which came with salad and chips,... More 

Thank GrayMcGowan
Christchurch, New Zealand
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114 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed an evening meal on a very busy Friday evening. The main inside space was fully booked with mainly family groups & family celebrations but we were happy to seated in their outside area. The menu included many of the usual Speights meal specials & some cheaper drink options. We particularly enjoyed the cherry chicken meal and did not... More 

Thank retep42
Courtenay, Canada
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576 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our way down island and it was lunch time so we decided in Speights for lunch. Seated immediately and we had our drinks very quickly. The place was really busy which was a good sign. The staff were buoyant and eager to explain the menu and answer our questions. It is a craft brewery as well so I had... More 

Thank Smoltman
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112 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a good lunch at speights ale house. We found it good standard fare in good surroundings. The meal was enjoyable and we all enjoyed it. The service was also good. Overall a good reasonable meal.

Thank Praxmeyer
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good meal was what we needed after visiting farmers all day. The Speights Ale House gave us this. Attentive staff who had drinks to us within minutes of us sitting down. Menus, orders and more drinks were promptly taken and received. The meals were presented well and a timely manner. The Fillet steak was a bit over cooked but... More 

Thank 51graemep
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stopped here by chance to have lunch for my Birthday. We were greeted straight away and shown to a nice table near the window. I tried the new summit apple beer, which was really nice refreshing, and would definitely have again. Really beautiful meals... but too big for us to eat. The staff didn't mind packaging... More 

Thank Lisa C
Reigate Surrey
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Visited this evening and found the food to be really below average. Lamb shanks so dry you'd need a hacksaw to get through them. I had the chicken filo which was OK and relatively tasty but left feeling very uninspired by the menu choice and reminded why we haven't been for a very long time. Over priced meals of not... More 

Thank sazzlelovestravel
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice lunch here and I had the vegetarian option which I loved. Friendly staff. Bit noisey inside and normal pub restaurant feel but food still good. A wet day place to dine

1 Thank 937liz
Ashburton, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I came with a colleague for a drink and snack and was just delighted with the lady you looked after us. She was informative, kind and had a wonderful smile. She made sure we had everything we needed the entire time and when she finished her shift she let us know and introduced the waiter beginning his shift and told... More 

1 Thank georgiad596
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We were really impressed by the fantastic service we received at this restaurant. From the moment we walked through the door we were really well looked after. Nothing was a bother and our meals were delicious as well 👍

2 Thank Jenny A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $30
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-308 5980
Speight’s Ale Houses have become an intrinsic part of the history of Speight’s. Found within the historic brewery is the original Ale House, opened in 1999. The Speight's Ale House Ashburton breathed new life into the magnificent old bank building when it was transformed into an iconic Speight's Ale House.Enjoy the hearty menu, relaxed ambience and great range of Speight's on tap with your mates every day from 11 am.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?