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#7 of 26 Bar in Napier
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US$9 - US$24
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews bangers and mash chicken filo scotch fillet chowder bread ribs salad fries overlooking the water pub food on tap blue cod cooked to perfection nice food great lunch beer waterfront
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my wife and daughter her for lunch while on a short break away from home over Wellington Anniversary Weekend. As my daughter is in a wheelchair access to any venue is always a consideration plus volume of patrons on the day can some...some frustrations and anxiety. On entering this venue the Duty Manager made us so welcome and was considerate of our needs. Once we found a suitable place to sit we were given every consideration possible. At no time did we feel rushed to make a quick selection of our meal and the recommendations offered on what meals we may like were appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of eating at this venue. While neighboring restaurant venues were bulging with patrons I can not anticipate what would make their service and meal quality any more special than the Speights Ale House. Thank You for making our lunch a special experience.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 12 December 2020 via mobile

We were at Speights for a meal last night and was served by a fantastic waitress - Jaydi! You were amazing and efficient and lovely! The place was packed with heaps of Xmas parties and large groups but Jaydi was attentive, smiley and did a...Stella job on a stress night! If you go to Speights, ask for Jaydi!! Thanks Jaydi 👍More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 6 November 2020

We celebrated the Mrs' birthday and it was an ok evening that should have been better. There were 4 of us and we enjoyed the beef burger, bangers and mash, blue cod and a steak. All the food was good quality and good-sized portions. Maybe...the best burger I've had in Napier too - that deserves a special mention. The setting is nice with views from upstairs out over the water. The staff were friendly. The food was good. But…..the night was let down by a mix up with our food. My Mrs (whose birthday we were celebrating) ordered one of the signature dishes, the Southern Man Scotch Fillet. What she received was the wrong item. There are two Scotch fillet steaks on the menu and what came was the other Scotch fillet, not the item she ordered. She ordered well done and the steak was cooked medium. I guess her steak was mixed up with another order. So what do you do? My Mrs likes her steak well done. Had we pointed out that she had been served the wrong item, it would have been at least 15 – 20 minutes for a new steak (the steaks are 300 grams, thick and to cook such a piece of meat well done and let it rest takes 15 minutes at an absolute minimum, if not quite a bit longer). By the time the new dish had been served the rest of us would have finished our meals while the birthday lady would have been left to eat hers after the rest of us had finished ours. A minute or two after bringing the steak to our table the waitress came over to apologise and acknowledged that it was the wrong dish. She did this without us saying anything so she realised a mistake had been made. She offered to take it back and replace it. That, however, would meant a long wait. 3 people would have waited to eat with the birthday lady and their food would have got cold food, or the birthday lady would eat alone after everyone else had finished theirs. It was a real disappointment and while I won’t say it ruined the night, it made what should have been a special night much less enjoyable. So my summary of Speights Ale House is similar to other bar & restaurants along that strip – good food but let down by disappointing service.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

We had 2 meals at Speights and couldn’t fault it. The position upstairs and overlooking the water was great - the staff were efficient, friendly and attentive and the food was well cooked and tasty. A more varied menu than just standard pub food is...offered and there was a lot of choice for coeiliacs which I appreciated.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 9 September 2020

Had to waiit 1hr 15 mins to get our lunch served however we did have a wee bit of bread while we waited . Our meals only arrived after reminding the staff and it wasn’t really that busy

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 8 August 2020 via mobile

Came to Speight's and fully enjoyed our time. Staff are so friendly and accommodating. They are attentive and really make the place a happy environment. Food was awesome my partner and I loved our steaks, cooked to perfection. Great vibes and would recommend to all!!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 31 July 2020

One can drink through the whole range of Speights beers and this is appreciated. The terrace up on top is recommended and allows beautiful views over the bay. Blankets are provided if it gets too chilly. The beer is of high quality and pricing is...affordable.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 26 July 2020

Had starter and main. Was awful. Food was mushy and had no flavor at, all fish was frozen and not fresh. Will not be coming back after this awful meal

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 13 July 2020

Service ok although bit slow, salad on buns brown at edges,food greasy. Filled us up but not very enjoyable

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 13 July 2020

We've been here quite a few times but not for around 6 months. We sat on ground floor as upstairs was evidently full. Ordered a bottle of wine (nice Trinity Hill Merlot) and our food. Unfortunately a few of the dishes were unavailable as they...had all been sold so two of us had to settle for a second best option. Mine was more of a snack - salt and pepper squid with fries. (quite a lot of fries and not a lot of squid but quite tasty). Others had nachos (huge plate and one person left a lot of the chips), fish bites and fries (same as mine - lot of fries but not a lot of fish). Can't fault the staff - all very nice and friendly but overall possibly not as good as it's been in the pastMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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Hi, I don’t work there I just did a review but I believe weekend booking is essential as they’re quite popular. Hope that’s helpful.
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