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Speights Ale House

2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (4 reviews)
“lamb salad” (7 reviews)
“garlic bread” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 358 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good menu and nice friendly and efficient service. The only thing I didn’t like was that the seafood platter is listed as suitable for two people to share, but it is pretty small. It tastes really good but it would be better to indicate it...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Strake00
Reviewed 15 December 2018

As always at Speights the food is a consistent quality with generous portions. Service was prompt and friendly. No negatives about the meal, but the visit was on a rainy evening early in the week, so it was a little quiet and missing some of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nz_travels_a_lot_08
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Food very good, service excellent. Being a pub, as you'd expect, a little noisy. Food served pretty quickly.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank scientist98
Reviewed 23 November 2018

I recently visited this resturant for a meal. I had come over from the UK to visit old friends. When we ordered our drinks I was denied service as my only form of ID was a UK full drivers licence. They demanded my passport which...More

Date of visit: November 2018
4  Thank reviewer1209
TheSpeightsAleHouse, Owner at Speights Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2018

Hi Thanks for review. NZ law states that only NZ drivers licenses, passports or 18 plus cards can be used for ID. Our staff have followed the law and you have got upset by this. Serving minors can come with a $10000 fine. I am...More

Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Comimg here for quite some time, I thought no reason to write another review. The service is always kind, the food good and reasonable prices. But today I was served exeptionaly well, with a real and honest smile from the first moment I walked thru...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank KiwiOL
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable vist meal was good value and plenty of choice pleasant surroundings and staff very helpful

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mikehow65
Reviewed 15 October 2018

What an interesting place, so much to look at. The food was great, the best seafood chowder. I wish I had only ordered the chowder as I did not appreciate the rest of the food as I was so full.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Watts99
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Great service and food in this stunning bluestone 1870s building. Try the fish tacos, delicious. Friendly staff and good with children.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AlisonNewZealand
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Family friendly with high chairs etc. excellent range on menu with reasonable prices and very good service. Food delivered quickly and lots of room to sit and spread out with 2 young children

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

We were recommended Speights Ale House by Ashley Motor Lodge and it didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious and the staff very attentive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 113nataliem
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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