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The Speight’s Ale House

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Enjoy the award winning Speight's Ale House in Timaru. We have an the immense outdoor courtyard, great southern food and hospitality. Try some of local cuisine, from small/shared plates to larger meals. Private dining rooms available. Come and experience the best in Timaru!
$8 - $23
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful building, that can accommodate a large crowd. We had a relaxing late dinner, with friends after a long day travelling around. Service was prompt and friendly. The food we ordered was an entree platter for two, which was sufficient for grazing, but very...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 19joy73
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t you love it when you go to a restaurant and you get treated like a customer ;-) obviously the owner/manager cater to every whim and desire off the gluten free freak! Top restaurant definitely would come here again.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank dehek
Reviewed March 25, 2019 via mobile

16 of us for an early dinner prior to another event. Prompt service. Able to split the bill. Huge meals. Southern Cod was a favourite with our group. The chicken and brie filo was excellent, 2 of them, (took one home in a doggy-bag). Meals...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Jane J
Reviewed March 21, 2019 via mobile

This is the third time we have eaten at a Speights Ale House on our week of exploring the NZ South Island. It was lunch today and we weren’t disappointed. My wife had two different tacos, both excellent, a steak sandwich for me which also...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank BigPoppaPauley
Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

blue cod , chicken parcels,chowder and ribbs a bit disappointed in the my chips but the ribs where excellent so we will give them another chance

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank shaned938
Reviewed March 7, 2019

En route to Christchurch, we stopped at Timaru, parking near Speight's Ale House. We sat outside on a bench and enjoyed a shared seafood salad which wasdelivered promptly and courteously.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Christhecaterer44
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

We were on a tight timeline with our tour so really couldn’t enjoy our food. However, the seafood chowder was excellent. They do need to include a small fork along with the spoon and knife to tackle the mussels from their shells. Chowder had shrimp...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank cathyd
H2532HPnigelb, Owner at The Speight’s Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2019

Thanks for your review and feedback, we have made a couple of adjustments to our dish and delivery. Kind Regards Nigel Bowen Owner

Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

This is a good place for a nice easy visit with friends. The food is good, the portions are adequate and the service ok. The beer offerings are ok but not extensive.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank dwcalgary
Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

Timaru was an overnight stop on our trip. Having been to a Speights Ale House at Wanaka decided to go to Timaru too. Staff were great and ‘forced’ us to try several different beers. Had the Summer Haze in the end which was a nice...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BobThePieman
Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

The children's meal were good, good portions and good variety. The fish, blue cod was very good and three portions. Chips with cheese nice and ids lived them. The games and Ben bags a good distraction. Staff very helpful and with the desert they put...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank David Q
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