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“Excellent experience”

Speights Ale House Wanaka
Ranked #13 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Excellent experience”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Great atmosphere and really friendly to our son which made us relax and enjoy the great food and wine.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Carolinesau
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
We thank you for your feedback on your recent dining experience at the Wanaka Speights Ale House. We are glad you were able to relax and your enjoy your meal and that your son was entertained. We are looking forward to your repeat custom in the future.
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New South Wales, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good beer and food, lacking atmosphere”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

We ate and drank both here and the sleights house queenstown, and while the menu, food and beer were all the same, the queenstown one just had a better atmosphere. The wanaka one is bigger I guess, can fit more people, but doesn't have the intimate atmosphere queenstown has. On its own it still a great pub with great pub food.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Julie B
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent dining experience at the Wanaka Speights Ale House.
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Sydney
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice food and good view”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

The food here was very good and the service was quick and friendly. We dined here at night but during the day there is a nice view over Lake Wanaka

Visited October 2013
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Thank Calli H
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent dining experience at The Wanaka Speights Ale House. We have passed on your comments about the fast and friendly service to our wait staff as they work hard to keep up a high standard. The views during the daytime are certainly lovely and summer time on the deck is fantastic. We look forward to your repeat custom.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not as good as the Queenstown restaurant”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I was expecting pub grub and not fine cuisine but the Wanaka Speights is not a patch on the Queenstown restaurant. The restaurant is cosy enough but the menu lacks imagination and gluten intolerant people have limited choice. The lamb shanks were a tasty but the cherry chicken was dry and took over 35mins to arrive. Disappointing given that it has so much potential.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank holly90
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent dining experience at the Wanaka Speights Ale House. The Blackberry chicken does take 35 minutes to cook from scratch. You should have been told this by your waitress/waiter. We do not pre-cook our chicken - but do apologize for it being dry. Our menu is in keeping with Speights Ale House values of good wholesome meals at affordable prices.
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“After a Hard Days Skiing...”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Great food. Good wholesome modern day pub fare. Very friendly staff. Great modern pub/tavern atmosphere. Get there early on game nights to secure a table.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Peter T
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Thanks for your feedback on your dining at the Wanaka Speights Ale House. Great to hear you enjoyed your meal. The inside of the Wanaka Speights Ale House is intriguing for visitors and we have had very positive feedback on it. We hope you will come back again next time you are in Wanaka.
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