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“Just about OK for Pub food”

Speights Ale House Wanaka
Ranked #25 of 91 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$23
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road from Lake Wanaka. The outdoor decks afford all day sun with a picturesque view of the lake. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available with a wide variety of gastromeals on the menu.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A big plus for the staff on duty. They were simply great. This is a busy place and a good place to go for happy hour. The atmosphere and decor is top notch. The food however is pretty ordinary. I had a beef burger and the meat patty was that tough I only managed a few bights. I had the feeling that the patty is pre-cooked and then re-heated.
Yes, I admit I should have sent it back, but then you get that age old problem of you sitting there while your wife is eating her meal. Plus it starts to take the edge go the whole meal and the evening out.
Perhaps when one meal is sent back then they should re-do both meals but I can't see that happening.

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Thank Andrew N
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize that you experienced a tough pattie with your burger. I understand your comments about not wanting to send it back, but really you should have done and the situation could have been rectified in a few minutes. This has been bought to the kitchen staffs attention also.

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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Pretty busy place for dinner. Menu selection only just enough and the food was what you would expect from a pub meal.

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Thank ozziemale1964
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

The staff is very welcoming here and the historic Wanaka decor theme throughout is really fun and engaging. We were seated in a comfy booth and not rushed in any way. We ordered the Salmon (market fish of the day) and the Beef Salad. The salmon was perfectly cooked and a huge portion (yummmmm). The beef salad was a disappointment. The greens and dressing were fresh and delicious but the beef bits were cold and very tough to eat. Perhaps it was not what I expected. Overall the large restaurant is fun and filled with character.

Thank AubreyHord
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments. Your concerns over the Beef have been raised with the Kitchen staff.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Great location, indoor/outdoor seating and a fun staff make for a food option for couples and families alike.

As expected, they have a healthy beer and wine list. Jump on in!

For food, I had the salmon special. It was quite delicious. There was also the expected pub offerings.

Thank jdwhitemaui
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

As you alluded too - our indoor and outdoor seating areas make it great for couples and families. Thanks for your comments.

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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We came here in the afternoon for some drinks. We sat outside, which is a nice place to sit if you want good views of the mountains and stream. However, there were a few people smoking outside. The service is relatively quick and the staff are helpful. There was a wide range of food, mostly bar food but also a few international dishes as well.

Thank ec2005297
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments. Our outdoor area affords great views and in summer it can be very difficult to nab a spot to sit back and enjoy them.

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