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Speights Ale House

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 01:00
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Paphos District, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table because we thought it would be busy and we were right. Obviously a popular place for celebrations and large groups. The reason being is, they serve great food and the staff are very friendly and efficient. Well worth a visit, I suggest you book

Thank Michael H
Ulladulla, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately I left my visit to the establishment a bit late. My group enjoyed a last round (or was it two) enlivened by the good natured banter from the excellent bar staff. A bar is only as good as its staff and if this was their usual standard then it is a bar worth visiting.

Thank wamunro
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had lunch with family. More arrived than we had booked for but it was no trouble to extend our tables. We ordered and the food arrived promptly. We were a large group and every meal we had ordered was tasty, well presented and a good portion size.I would recommend for good meat and fish - most with salad and fries.... More 

1 Thank 2015marcol
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

We were passing through town and needed a decent meal. A table was found for us, the waiter was friendly enough but looked like he wanted to be somewhere else! Food was good, lamb salad lovely with plenty of lamb and dressing on it. Spare ribs very good. Plenty of GF options.

Thank KathPaulJoshCaleb
Burnie, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing burgers! We had fish and chicken burgers they were huge! Very quick and great friednly service

1 Thank bek a
Christchurch, New Zealand
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Had to drive from Nelson to Timaru in 1 day so thought we'd stop in Ashburton for dinner on the way. We chose Speights because it's just a consistent classic among kiwi staple restaurants. My fish was great, and loved the amount of garlic butter served with our loaf! On the other hand though, my partner's steak wasn't very good... More 

2 Thank Sean M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I've eaten here a few times. There are no soft furnishings, curtains or carpet, so it's always quite noisy. The food is plentiful and tasty and I've found the staff welcoming and efficient.

Thank Cathie W
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Lovely outdoor area for catching up with friends and having lunch. The food was plentiful and well presented, enjoyed our time there and would go back there next time in Ashburton

Thank clivejeanettew
Christchurch, New Zealand
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Called in without a booking around 3pm on a Sunday & ordered a late lunch/early dinner. The staff were very friendly & the meals were very filling. The time to get the meals was good too. Pricing is reasonable too.

Thank Natarsha S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Ticks all the boxes - cold beer, good service, great food and free wi-fi (always useful for the Tripadvisor crew!) Twice this trip I've visited, the first time out in the beer garden which is rather sheltered, and with food in the restaurant afterwards. The food is of good quality and big portions - maybe even too much food for... More 

Thank Daave_Marshall

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$30
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 245 Burnett Street, Ashburton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: 6433085980
Speight’s Ale Houses have become an intrinsic part of the history of Speight’s. Found within the historic brewery is the original Ale House, opened in 1999. The Speight's Ale House Ashburton breathed new life into the magnificent old bank building when it was transformed into an iconic Speight's Ale House.Enjoy the hearty menu, relaxed ambience and great range of Speight's on tap with your mates every day from 11 am.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?