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US$4 - US$21
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go there heaps and watch sport and have meal and the food great and the staff are friendly and Nicole awesome so friendly and helpful and welcome .

Date of visit: July 2022
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words & 5 stars. We are delighted you enjoy your time and experience with us.

Reviewed 4 June 2022 via mobile

Flat beer, anemic chips. Guy behind the bar was too busy talking to a colleague to give customers any attention. Wine was nice though, so well done to the supplier.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

One of the best steaks i ever had . Perfectly done! Good service and a very nice ambiance. Definitely going to visit again.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 31 October 2021

Myself and my work colleague came in for lunch after a failed attempt at fishing only to be greeted by a cheerful woman dressed as a garden fairy. The service was lovely, the meals were prompt despite it being a busy day and the food...was to delicious. Great whiskey selection too!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 26 October 2021 via mobile

When booking for Sunday evening of Labour Weekend the person on the phone said ‘can you come an hour earlier we like to finish early on Sunday’s’ not a good start and we should have known what kind of service was to come from that....The attitudes on the waitresses were disgusting, they didn’t want to be there, they couldn’t crack a smile if they tried and they didn’t act like their job was customer service. One of the waitresses came upstairs and someone at our table asked about a couple of drinks that had been ordered about 20 minutes earlier, her response was ‘I’m busy right now they’re probably coming you’ll have to ask someone else.’ It was still another 20 minutes or so until they arrived. The food came so far spread apart that some people had fully finished their entire meals while others were waiting to get their first plate. Desserts were ordered and when the last one came one of our guests at the table didn’t see them put the cutlery bowl down and asked the waitress if she could have a spoon, the waitress very rudely replied ‘If you open your eyes and look they’re right in front of you.’ This just isn’t the way you talk to your customers, these are just some of the rude remarks that were made through the night. I’m appalled to be a local with waitresses like this showing out of town folk what we’re like. Food was ok but not amazing, desserts were fabulous though. End of night our table bill was over $1000, but for the service we received shouldn’t have been more than $20. Won’t be coming back or recommending to any friends and family to come here, which is quite a shame as I’ve always loved coming to Speights and normally recommend to those travelling.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 19 October 2021

Travel to Nelson a lot, nice central location to have a quiet ale (pilsner) (or 2) and catch up with friends. Then finish off with a good meal and a free trip home. Nice friendly staff.

Date of visit: October 2021
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alehousenelson, General Manager at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely review! Heather and the team from last night will be stoked to hear of your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 October 2021

Friendly enough staff but very untidy and did not give us a full break down of the menu but they did to other people. Unclean and needs a make over upstairs! Food was below average as i had the pasta and it was shop bought...penne cheap pasta and chicken cubes that were re heated. YUK! Partner had the small portion but very greasy fish and chips, clearly the oil was old and the fish was slightly burnt making it an awful dining experience. Was lovely a few years ago when opened but sadly standards have dropped. Train your staff to a profesional standard and change the chef, then i may come back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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alehousenelson, General Manager at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2021

Hi Christine, Wow! I am so sorry to here of your recent experience. To say we are disappointed is an understatement. We have definitely expressed your concerns onto the staff as this is 100% not how they are trained. If you didn't mind I would...More

Reviewed 1 October 2021

The Ale house decor was dark and a typically pub atmosphere. It was quiet when we went there at 5 pm. I ordered the warm lamb salad and it was delicious and large enough for two with small appetites. I think with the hard walls...and concrete floor it would get very noisy.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 August 2021

We had an amazing dinner at Speights Ale House. The food was amazing and the service was great. We will definitely be back if we are in Nelson again!

Date of visit: August 2021
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alehousenelson, Owner at Speight's Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2021

Thank you Tim, for taking the time to write this lovely review :-) We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in the area

Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

Lunched here recently and found the experience fairly average. Firstly the guy behind the bar showed no personality in showing us to our table and continued in this vein each time he was anywhere near us.Just a smile occasionally and maybe a few friendly words...towards paying customers would be appreciated.He could have learnt friendly service from his waitresses Food was average at best but in keeping with most average pubs these days..😩 Won’t be returning in a hurry…More

Date of visit: June 2021
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woodstews
7 January 2016|
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Response from alehousenelson | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for the message. I can assure you they are hygienic and of a very high standard which meets all Food Safety requirements. Hope you enjoyed you meal with us. Kind regards, Gareth Caldwell Owner / Operator
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woodstews
7 January 2016|
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Hi there, Thanks for the message. I can assure you they are hygienic and of a very high standard which meets all Food Safety requirements. Hope you enjoyed you meal with us. Kind regards, Gareth Caldwell Owner... More
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Response from alehousenelson | Property representative |
Hi Roger, Our pints are start from $7.90 for our mainstream beer, with Craft beer and cider $8.20. Cheers Gareth
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Speight's Ale House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5