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Local cuisine, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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!
PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
CUISINES
Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lamb salad was divine! Appreciated the generous portion. Good service. Only lost a mark as so expensive, $40 for fish & chips!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

Had a catch up with my family at the Speights Ale House in Timaru. Served by the super friendly Jess. Knew her job well She made some great recommendations and gave us the best service I've ever had in a New Zealand restaurant. The menu...is full of variety. Good atmosphere, definitely worth a visit. Price is reasonable too.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 May 2022 via mobile

Chicken Schnitzel was tough, chicken parcels not as good as they used to be. Salads were tasteless. Service was overbearing!!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

We were welcomed with a love greeting and smiling staff. They were attentive through out our entire stay. The service and food could not be faulted.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 May 2022

We had a great meal with friendly service. The best speights restaurant I have been to. Allie was a great waitress and very friendly. Would definitely go again when we travel to Timaru. Keep up the good work

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

Average meal you no what your going to get in Speights Enjoyed popcorn prawns for starter and had rib eye steak was ok not sure about the green vegetables Partner had beef noodle salad which was a bit oily Staff were very helpful

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022 via mobile

I always used to order the mushroom risotto from here, unfortunately it’s no longer on the menu so had to choose something else. Friendly and fast service from the waitress and my long black had arrived before I had 100% decided, ended up opting for...the jackfruit burger & chips. Came out pretty quickly and although basic (it was literally a burger and fries) it was tasty. The sauce had a good kick to it and the jackfruit was really nice. A good pub-style meal and a coffee for $24, not bad at allMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 16 February 2022 via mobile

Lovely night out with friends. Really good service from the blonde waitress. Appreciated that they were happy to make menu swops for dietary choices. Ample seating both indoors & out.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 21 November 2021

Really impressed with the quality and size of the portions, to be honest have been disappointed with many Speights Ale houses,but my husband was delighted with his order of chicken wings, meaty and a big portion, didn't get through the huge bowl or parmesan fries...on the side. Lovely building and fast service, great for a quick stop for lunch or chilling for a few hoursMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

Decided on the Ale House after walking past a couple of other restaurants. I had the chicken schnitzel, a tiny piece of chicken which had been beaten to within a inch of its life (actually an inch would be an overstatement, it was very thin)....Partner had steak, ordered medium rare. One end was rare, the other medium so somewhere in the middle it must have been cooked right. I used to like going to the Ale House, and while sitting in the courtyard on a nice day having a couple of drink is still enjoyable, I will think twice about going for a meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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The Speight’s Ale House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4