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“Best beer and atmosphere”

Sprig and Fern Hardy St
Ranked #28 of 175 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Right at the heart of Nelson City CBD is the Hardy St Sprig and Fern Tavern. A full range of natural, locally brewed craft beers and regional wines are available to go with a mouth watering selection of pub food including traditional English pork pies. Regular live music at the weekends and quiz nights during the week. No TVs, pool tables or pokey machines and we are totally cycle friendly if you have been out on the great Nelson trails. If you are in Nelson and enjoy a friendly pub atmosphere and excellent beer you have to visit the Hardy St "Sprig".
Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
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“Best beer and atmosphere”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

We visited Nelson for 9 days and had to visit the S&F 3 times. The beers and selection were fantastic, the service great and enjoying the best fish and chips from Milton's take away next door at the same time. Wonderful holiday experience.
Robin & Daris

Thank Robin L
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English first
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worst service I've ever experienced in Nelson!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had lunch here with our two young daughters. The food was absolutely terrible but we ate it because we were hungry. Two dishes had hair in them, and we received a different dish to what we ordered for both our children. We waited nearly an hour for our food. Wouldn't

Visited August 2012
Thank Charmayne K
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Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Bar in Nelson!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The Sprig & Fern (Hardy St) is without a doubt my favourite bar in Nelson. It isn't just that the many types of beer are fantastic (Berry Cider; Tasman Lager; Tasman Beer; Scotch Ale; American Amber and so on) and that the food is delicious, or even that the staff are the best bar staff in NZ. These things all matter and are very much a part of it. But The Sprig & Fern has that zing quality, that X Factor thing, that just makes it so good. Whether I am visiting for an afternoon coffee or tea and just want to chill out and do the crossword or code cracker, or visiting in the evening for some live music and best beer in the city, The Sprig & Fern never fails to deliver. It's like a NZ version of Cheers, if Cheers was a bright and inviting bar that is. Just a great crowd, and great atmosphere and a really laid back decor that suits Nelson through and through. This is quite a new bar on the Nelson scene, and for me it kind of fills the void that was left when The Maen Fiddler disappeared. So well done to The Sprig & Fern. It's good to have a place like this to go with your friends and just have a bloody good night! And with live music every weekend which is supporting local and national artists you know you are going to have a good time! And if you like your whiskey and wine, then check out the selection and you'll be as happy as me when I saw Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt. 10/10 S&F!! See you on the weekend....

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank allagoo
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84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good Beer, Good Music”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

We had a great time with friends. Comfortable setting with good beer and live music. Would recommend.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Andy M
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