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Speights Ale House Wanaka

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road from Lake Wanaka. The outdoor decks afford all day sun with a picturesque view of the lake. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available with a wide variety of gastromeals on the menu.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
FEATURES
Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews lambs fry lamb shank burger mash fish and chips garlic bread soup pub food great beer selection of beers great pub blue cod on tap wait for a table busy night nice atmosphere new zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beers were ok and they guy behind the bar was friendly enough but that’s the only positives. The lady that took us to our table was rude and arrogant. We had two burgers.. the beef and fish.. both were just edible... and for 20bucks a...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank DayTrip741523
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I vacationed in Wanaka and enjoyed a quiet lunch here. The recommendations for beer were made and food ordered in short order. The fish and chips were excellent.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank kleewong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst out for a town walk we went into the Speights Ale House in Wanaka to use the Bathroom. Whilst there we ordered a Mulled Wine and some hot chips. Service by staff was excellent. Drink was very nice. A very large plateful of hot...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank John M
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

We went here for a family dinner and left feeling full but a little under whelmed. Was around $100 for 2 adult mains, 2 kids meals and a couple of juices. The meals were okay, but very generic and pre-made. They advised they had run...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank KiwiD6
Reviewed July 12, 2019

Supposedly vegetarian beetroot gnocchi tasted like beef stock had been used. Ate 2 discarded the rest...yuck. spike to 2 wait staff who did nothing and seemed unconcerned. Doubt if i would go back.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2019

I'm sorry to read that the Beetroot Gnocchi wasn't to your liking. I can assure you that this is a vegetarian dish and there is no beef stock added to it. In regards to the unconcerned staff, we have a few new members that perhaps...More

Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

Lamb shanks yum good an hearty we all had them they were yum Mulled wine good too Watched sport on tv too

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank biztravellernz
Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2019

Shanks, sport and mulled wine....sounds like you enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for the review.

Reviewed July 1, 2019

As a local I have been visiting this bar since it opened. The ambience and beer range are excellent but regrettably I tried their food for the first time and it was awful. I did not have high expectations as it is essentially pub food...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank NatC168
Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2019

As you have stated that your expectations were low from the onset, with no prior experience dining with us, i feel that you expected to be disappointed. I do apologize if the burger was not up to our usual standards, i'm hoping you let the...More

Reviewed June 7, 2019

Just had to go and have a jug of Speights in this bar. lovely atmosphere and excellent beer. Friendly staff

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 101Janet_L
Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review. We certainly do serve excellent beer!

Reviewed May 18, 2019

There are Speights Ale Houses in several areas of New Zealand. The chain focuses on brewing and selling good beer, accompanied by a good selection of foods, mostly New Zealand style. Expect fish and seafood, as well as burgers, steaks, lamb and sandwiches.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Gabriel H
Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2019

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed May 16, 2019

Stopped in for dinner, but had to chase up staff a few times to try and get some service, it took awhile for our dinner to arrive, which was quite average. General pub food, nice atmosphere, but would not bother again.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Jaffa001
Carly T, General Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2019

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear that the service you received wasn't up to our usual standard, sincere apologies.

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kates1960
March 8, 2017|
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Response from Cechová M | Reviewed this property |
Dear Kates 1960, Sorry about this, But I was in NZ Speights Ale House with my french husband 1 Month ago and the food was truly delicious. Believe me, that french peoplae do have very hight level about the food. And me, as a... More
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milnefamily71
December 16, 2016|
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Response from Charlotte L | Property representative |
Hi there. No we are not open for Christmas Lunch. There are a definite 2 places open though - Francescas - which is directly behind us. It is an Italian restaurant - you will need to book this though. Edgewater resort... More
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poiuyt2
November 12, 2016|
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Response from Charlotte L | Property representative |
Hi there. We do not have roast meals. If you go to our website you can view our menu. Hopefully there is something that would be to your liking.
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