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Speights Ale House

Bar, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Pub
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245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Ashburton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Speight's Ale House Ashburton for a family members birthday and the meals were delicious (especially the ribs!!), the service was awesome and the desserts were divine!!! We all left extremely satisfied and happy! Best meal I have had in a while!

Thank mbell33
Ashburton, New Zealand
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a large booking but waited more than an hour for our orders, not one person was happy with their food. The new menu was bland and tired to start with and although there were lots of staff milling around and only a couple of other tables had diners we found the service wasn't very attentive. All our mains... More 

3 Thank JohnnyH101
Ashburton, New Zealand
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

got there bout 6. sat n had beer before tea family arrived n we sat down. very good service had the rib eye stk. with very nice pepper sauce. slightly pricey at $38 but cooked to perfection as I like med rare. my wife had pork belly with leek n cabbage mash 100% she said. others had diiff range pan... More 

Thank porky460
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Speights for dinner with my daughter and her friend - all three meals were not that good, the friend ordered sausages potatoes and peas from the kids menus - we received deep fried sausages, chips and peas which some were hard, some were dry. My daughter ordered the nachos, the mince hadn't been mixed that well so it... More 

Thank Pennie L
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There aren't many places usually open in the late afternoons so we were thankful to have found this place. We actually were in methven looking for food but did not find any good places so we came to Ashburton instead. This place did not disappoint us as we were served with piping hot and tasty food.

Thank Sheila E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

We hadn't been here in a long time and it didn't take long for us to remember why. First up- the menu, boring, almost the same as it was 4 or so years ago and not the same as advertised on website, which is a real shame because the one thing I was looking forward to wasn't there. Next customer... More 

1 Thank teampink
Ashburton, New Zealand
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Speights has new owners and there certainly is a great improvement with the meals. Beautifully presented and very tasty. Well worth a visit if you haven't been for a while. Will definitely go back soon.

Thank Jo P
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

We called in on our way back from Tekapo to Christchurch. Very accomodating, sorted a table even though they were booked out for dinner. Excellent quick service and meals, which was great for tired hungry children! Great staff and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

2 Thank Maree K
Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We have just tries the Ale House in Ashburton for the first time since the new owners took over. We were greeted by very friendly and polite staff who found us a table straight away although we had no booking. The staff were attentive, the food was excellent and the value was first class. Recommended to all.

Thank UKNZlady
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I went out with a group of girlfriends and we had a great night! New owners and the staff were brilliant! Great selection of food. I had the seafood chowder which was really filling. The Thai salad looked fantastic ! I finished off with a creme brulee which was to die for. Thanks Speights Ashburton !

Thank naomi544

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $31
Bar, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, 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, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
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: 6433085980
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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