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Speights Ale House

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood chowder” (10 reviews)
“lamb shank” (13 reviews)
“garlic loaf” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 297 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago 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 1 week ago 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

Thank ieatirate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank StuartDunedin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Atmosphere great garlic bread amazing mains terrible.The lamb shanks were almost devoid of meat,the beans tasteless stodgy and the vegetables were colourful but raw.

Thank almo334
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick and easy: great food. Taste just as great as dunedins location. Service: servers behind counter talking rather then getting orders.

Thank dnk1227
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great for a casual late lunch with friends . We had a platter between 3 of us and it was heaps! A good selection of other dishes. Wine list was good too. Nice to be able to sit outside in the sun as well !

Thank lynda m
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

A great atmosphere, great decor, the staff were amazing, super helpful & attentive, a good range of drinks to choose from and a good meal.

Thank Helen D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This restaurant has all the makings of a classy place to take someone special to for a great meal. The food was tasty and slightly on the small side but was still enough to make you walk away satisfied. I recommend this place for a...More

Thank RobbyPinfold
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely place very historical nice place for a drink however the wine on tap was quite expensive at 15 per glass good service didn't try the food though

1  Thank Darren B
TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi Darren Thanks for your review. You have purchased a 250ml glass of wine. The standard is 150ml. This is the reason for the higher cost. Kind Regards Nigel

Reviewed 27 September 2017

Went for a late meal on Saturday night and was very happy with our meal and the service. Our meals came out quickly and were very well presented and lovely. Nice atmosphere and sat near the fire which was nice. Would definitely go back.

Thank Pamela W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 24
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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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