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Bealey's Speights Ale House

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 9958
06:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 23:00
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Newcastle, Australia
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93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always visit this with family....by the fire or outside seating, good atmosphere, good food for kids, just make sure you speak up when getting seated...the waiters dont seem to realise you cant cram 7 people including high chairs snd strollers in betweem couples having a quiet meal!!

Thank millsy123
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a meal and to watch the rugby. Meal was ok but bar service was very slow. Bar staff unorganized and unable to see who was waiting. Was nice and warm when we arrived (around 6pm) but after a couple of hours staff were hot so they opened all the windows and doors and given it was only 15... More 

Thank 75ajd2014
Phnom Penh
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154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Speights is sold on reliability and quality, and this one fell a bit short. The staff were fine, and fitted me in on a busy night but the food was well under the mark. Fried calamari was just that, not even a lemon with it but just a small bowl of leaf with a strand or three of carrot. Not... More 

Thank brians1195
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here two days in a row for the buffet breakfast as we were staying at another hotel that didn't offer a buffet (they recommended this place). Food was good and priced well for our party. I'd eat here again

Thank Wayne_Small
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten here a number of times over the course of several work trips. The restaurant has a good local feel to it, with plenty of regulars donning spots at the bar. Service is what I expected from a pub - polite, friendly, and got the job done. The food is much better than other pubs in the area. As... More 

Thank Rob H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten here a number of times and always had good service and the food is always good too. Have only ever had evening meals there either as a family meal or a large group 20+ people. Nothing has ever been a problem, even when someone just wanted an ice cream sundae off the kids menu for desert.

Thank kiwicrusader2016
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Speights Ale House was a pleasant surprise. The pub had a great atmosphere with the locals & visitors were all enjoying themselves. i had the lamb shank, which was nicely cooked & a generous portion washed down with a couple of pints of Pilsner. I would recommend a visit.

Thank Darren H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was close to,our motel so we wandered in one night. I had the calamari which was amazing - really tasty and not chewy like some other places I've been to. Great selection of beers as you would expect. Friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank evie62
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Came here as it was handy to where we were staying. Always a bit dubious of a restaurant menu that has pages and pages! There were four of us dining, meals were average at best. The service was dreadful, during the evening we had a variety of staff delivering food and drinks. Not one of them spoke to us. A... More 

Thank Alty67
New York City, New York
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191 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I ordered one of the signature dishes, pork spare ribs. and I loved the BBQ sauce they used, smoky and tangy. The meat came off the bones very easily, but was so tough and chewy. In this case, having 2 out of 3 criteria met was not so good, I like my rib meat tender and easily chewed!

Thank Robert S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-366 9958

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?