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Sprig & Fern Tavern

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
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53 Beach Road, Richmond 7020, New Zealand
+64 3-544 8675
12:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Thu 12:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Friendly busy place with mouth watering food. lots of great choice in beverages. Amazing décor, knowledge staff

Thank ange342
Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Ended up here because my Sat Nav said it was a Mexican restaurant. The Pilsener was great. Burger was good and a decent size.

1 Thank AlfonsoDelgardeo
Llandrillo, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I was quite taken aback to find such a well stocked bar in a small town and being a real ale man for many years in the UK I was obliged to investigate. The place itself is a really nice building, well thought out and modern. These are not hand pulled beers but they are unique and brewed locally and... More 

2 Thank John5389
Smithers, Canada
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194 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Try one of their tasting trays! The cider is amazing, if you like ginger you'll love the ginger beer if you don't you'll hate it. Their Pilsner is easy and smooth, their IPA refreshing on a cold day, there dark doppelblock (8%!) will definitely put colour into your cheeks exactly as the description says, but be aware it taste strongly... More 

1 Thank Webeetravllingmand
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This pub was recommended by a local. Excellent atmosphere inside. My wife and I had freshly cooked fish and chips delivered from the Milton Street Takeaway next door. Excellent food too. Superb value also

1 Thank jet6
Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Just as above small choice on menu and also we had picked our table when booking but when arrived found we were sat elsewhere

Thank Kay B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Sprig & Fern beers are renowned in the region and slowly spreading to other centres. I can now buy them in Christchurch and I await a S&F tavern opening here.

Thank Robert G
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014

We had an excellent meal here on our last night in Motueka - great choice of beers / lagers too - although this place doesn't look like anything special but it was super friendly and relaxed and the steak dinner that we each had was excellent - very well presented and I ate the lot - left room for pudding... More 

Thank footballhells
Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Really good Tasman beer, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the barkeeper was so friendly and chatty that made us feel were welcome and made our visit a special one ;)

Thank Mareike S
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 December 2013

The best food for the price in the local area and the brewed beers are excellent with a wide choice of types. The food is fairly basic pub fare but nice and freshly cooked and very tasty

Thank Colbone

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Beach Road, Richmond 7020, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +64 3-544 8675
The Sprig & Fern Milton St was voted Best Bar in NZ in 2012 and Best Bar in Nelson in 2013. The success of the craft beer tavern, owned by S&F Head Brewer Tracy Banner, has been down to the staff and the people who call the Milton St "Sprig" their local. The atmosphere is very welcoming, just like a big living room but without a loud TV to interfere with the chatting. All the S&F craft beers are on tap and carefully selected regional wines from NZ. A very popular range of food is available which is delivered piping hot to your table. Our style is very much English pub meets Kiwi tavern.If you are staying in Nelson and you enjoy excellent craft beer and company you have to make your way over to the Milton St Sprig & Fern tavern.

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