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“Expensive and poor value for money”

Speight's Ale House Palmerston North
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Expensive and poor value for money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Visited for a family meal in the upstairs area. Food was reasonable quality although bizarrely fish was off the menu. Only 1 vegetarian choice- don't they know that 20% of kiwis don't eat meat? Very loud music meant it was very difficult to hear any conversation and they refused to turn it down. Espresso at the end was literally a couple of millimetres deep and the staff bizzarely didnt see antything wrong - unwilling to rectify as they did not want to "burn" the coffee whicj is just conplete [--]. Everything very expensive so left feeling fleeced. Next time will go somewhere where they care about the service they are providing. Disappointing.

  • Visited August 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“very slow”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

The first night we tried to eat here (which was recommended), we could not get a table and the first lady serving us could not tell us if we should wait or find somewhere else. When we asked if there was somewhere else to eat, we were asked "are you from around here?" when our answer was "no", we were told it was too hard to explain. The other waitress did give us directions though to somewhere else. The second time we booked and got a seat, however we sat down at 630 and left at 830pm. The food was great, but the service was very very slow.

Visited July 2013
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210 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Perfect Pub Grub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

We took the family to Speights Ale House for dinner on a Saturday night and the place was absolutely packed. There were no seats left in the restaurant so we chose to sit at a bar leaner and order at the bar. With such a large number of diners we expected quite a long wait, but were very pleasantly surprised when after only about ten minutes our meals were delivered to us. The meals were all huge and very very good - two of us had burgers and agreed that they were the nicest burgers we ever recall having. Good service and great pub grub! Will definitely be back.

Visited July 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Night Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Firstly don't order too much, the meals are huge! Service was great and the young staff really took care of us. The meals were very tasty and great value for money. Would return.

  • Visited July 2013
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Levin, New Zealand
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great food in a beautiful building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

We had been to the Alehouse for my husbands work do, it had a beautiful Christmas Tree and huge windows, we had platters in the bar and a cosy dinner up on the mesimine floor, recently we got free dinner tickets in the mail and us Levinites went for lunch last sunday, I had Chicken Pie which was ful of Thai cocnut cream chicken with corn kernels, real yummy with a beautiful salad and great fries, my pie had a flakey pastry top.My Husband had the Ostrich Burger and fries which he really enjoyed, the building is gorgeous with big beams, old wood, wrought iron candalabras etc, I highly recommend this restaurant and would go again and I enjoyed my wine too.

  • Visited June 2013
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