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Speights Ale House

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood chowder” (11 reviews)
“lamb shank” (13 reviews)
“garlic bread” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 304 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a lovely old building in a really nice town. Food was good and the service was excellent. The menu is small but everything is well cooked and well presented.

Thank MsBesos
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We booked for about 25 but ended up with about 40 people for a meal after a family gathering.The food was excellent and the service efficient and friendly despite the ever increasing numbers . This the third time we have used this venue for family...More

Thank Mack1960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in here during what appeared to be a very busy weekend lunch service, needed a table for 4 when only one larger table was available, staff made no fuss at all and between 2 of them quickly and seamlessly changed table configuration to suit...More

Thank luckynachocat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They advertise the lamb salad at $19.90 on the lunch menu yet TWICE now I've been charged for the $24.90 dinner price while dining at lunchtime. Both times we've had additional drinks & sides so the total bill varies but (silly me) after paying the...More

Thank 708,655
TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Apologies for this, the staff are meant to print a receipt for every customer and the error is not intentional, simply someone pushing the wrong button. As for the additional sides etc this seems a bit odd, so possibly we charged for a different...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was very busy but service was prompt and friendly. Despite being close to full, it wasn't too noisy and we enjoyed the experience.

Thank Mel091
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went because of the name but to be honest wasn't like the normal Speights experience. We found the food to be very average as was the service.

Thank Philip35
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We stopped off for lunch on our way back to Christchurch from Dunedin, and we’re glad we did. On a gorgeous sunny afternoon we decided to sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy the warmth. We ordered a pork burger, a chicken burger and he...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Dropped in for a cheeky cider after a long afternoon walk around Timaru. We sat in the beer garden which was set up well with bean bags, bar leaners and umbrellas and a marquee. Checked out the menu and returned that evening for dinner. Although...More

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Creamy seafood soup with plenty of fish, prawn and green-lipped mussels.. so yummy. Beer battered cod fish with giant size french fries.. a local specialty. . Food : 4/5 Service : 4/5 Price : $$ Place : 4/5

1  Thank ieatirate
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Excellent service by very friendly staff who looked after us very well. Great food and a great atmosphere.

Thank StuartDunedin
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Timaru
  • Phone Number: +64 3-686 6030
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Enjoy the award winning Speight's Ale House in Timaru. We have an the immense outdoor courtyard, great southern food and hospitality. Try some of local cuisine, from small/shared plates to larger meals. Private dining rooms available. Come and experience the best in Timaru!
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