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Speights Ale House

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-686 6030
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for lunch. Vibe was awesome and service was amazing. Food is as expected with Speights ale houses, so we knew what we were getting and they didn't disappoint. Consistent with the other speights ale houses that are around. Great food and the lunch menu was well worth it.

Thank Joe J
Level Contributor
29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great building. Full of history and character. Really great fit out. Great range of beers on tap - although you'd struggle to find a more expensive pint in your travels. The menu was great. Everyone in our large group enjoyed their meal. This is not your average pub food. It's up a whole level. Great atmosphere, great food. Our favourite... More 

Thank Dave L
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and amazing service. Highly recommend and set in the old part of Timaru , it's a pity there aren't more trains passing to add to the scene .

Thank sujenda
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Speights Ale House is knock-out. The food is very generous and is of exceptional quality - try the garlic bread loaf that you can order - nothing compares!!!

Thank kenlB1578ZE
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a family wedding here, the meal and venue were perfect and the staff were great. Very central in Timaru.

Thank jules196705
Cheviot, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and surrounds, good pub food and beers, inside is fantastic, friendly staff and service

Thank kitty957
Montevideo, Uruguay
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty blue cod dish with a tartare sauce on the side, and excellent beer. Nice atmosphere as well. Service was fast and efficient.

Thank goldengoose_8
Level Contributor
38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Meal outside in the sun great. After a few drinks and sun it's time to go. Heat and drink does make one slightly sleepy. Lucky it's only a little walk to our lodgings. Food lovely.

Thank Mike D
Timaru, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two families with teenage children - it was beautiful food with everyone happy with their meal. Service was amazing with staff constantly asking it we needed anything. Our teenagers ate off the main menu and were very happy. I have a fussy eater and he was more than happy with his lamb shanks. My lamb salad was superb.

Thank Cara G
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Here for a work dinner last saturday. $41 a head for breads, main and dessert. Chicken filo went down very well followed by great brownie. Good service and atmosphere too. Would return.

Thank Nikki D
TheSpeightsAleHouse, Manager at Speights Ale House, responded to this review

Hi Nikki Thanks for your review from your work do last weekend. We appreciate your comments and I will feed them back to the staff in the kitchen and out front. Be mindful when reviewing if you review below a restaurants average it negatively affects there rating. Kind Regards Nigel Bowen Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?