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“Busy place, good food, good service but not 100%”

Speights Ale House Blenheim
Ranked #20 of 128 Restaurants in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$21
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Open 7 days from 9am til late, serving up true southern hospitality in modern and comfortable surroundings!
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We come to NZ every year and like to try new places. We found a magazine that had rated this place as best pub, so we went for dinner. It was really busy when we arrived and we had to wait for a table. Staff were really friendly. Didn't like the fact that my Marlborough wine was served from a tap!!!! Not what i expected in the heart of wine country.

The food was good, what you would expect from a pub.

Glad we read the review, and glad we went. Thanks Guys

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Thank CatherineBen
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We as a group (family) of 4 were in Blenheim for a family event, A 21st birthday. We had just traveled for 12hrs and were both every tired and hungry. We have been to our local ale house and thought this would be a good option. So we went on in and there was number of people there, but no different to any other ale house or busy Friday nite hot spot. There were a1 or 2 empty tables in the bar area and plenty outside if we had to use these. We rocked on up to what looked like the reception desk and asked if there was a table in the restaurant. We were asked had we booked, we replied no and were then told that they were too busy to take any more bookings. We were then told we had to leave as there was no room and were too busy to take any more people into the bar. We were all shocked and to be honest blown away with the rudeness of this staff member to say anything. As we left there were more empty tables closer to the bar area. I will make sure that I never again return to this restaurant and will and have passed this onto others .

3  Thank dicke-nz
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Hayley-Derry, Owner at Speights Ale House Blenheim, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Naturally we are disappointed to read your feedback via this website. I have spoken to all the staff who were working the night you visited us and have been assured you and your party were offered to dine on a bar leaner and that the wait time for the kitchen to be able to process your order would be 30-45 minutes. This was obviously not an acceptable wait time for you and you chose not to take this option. An empty table in the restaurant indicates that it has been reserved for a party that has pre booked and due to arrive shortly. We do have to manage very carefully how many meals we send through to the kitchen when we have a full or soon to be full restaurant and we limit the numbers of diners in the bar per hour so that our kitchen can cope with the workload. Sorry you don't feel you can return another time - should you chose to it would be great to see you.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

As a vegetarian it is often a hassle going out to restaurants while on holiday. I happened across the Speights ALe house because they at least had more than one dish on the menu for vegetarians. I was pleasantly surprised, the service was great, the atmosphere really cosy (it is a relatively new building and was nice and warm on a cold winters night) and the food was good value for money. The restaurant is on one side and the bar on the other so has a nice layout. The staff is particular were very helpful and the service excellent.

Thank Karori1
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We parked in the car park at the back of the restaurant and walked in to have brunch since we hadnt had breakfast this morning. Open the doors and it was bustling with patrons. We went to the reception and said that we were a table for two and we didnt have a booking. But the waitress said no problem we have a little table avaiable and we were seated in a nice are in one of their dining rooms. We looked at the menu and gave our meal and drinks orders. I had the Steak and my daughter the Spare Ribs. Because of the business of the restaurant our meals seemed like ages, and it was probably just over an hour before we got our food, but it was worth waiting for. My steak was cooked as I had requested (medium-medium rare) and my daughters spare ribs were meaty and the sauce delicious. It took us about 1/2 an hour to eat our meal and then we headed to reception to pay. 2 meals and 2 drinks $69.00

The staff are really pleasent and the food delicious. This type of restaurant isn't usually in our price range, but hopefully we will be back again as it is a nice experience.

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3  Thank Henare T
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Lovely, large-sized, reasonably priced meals! Great service! Great atmosphere! Good selection of wines and beers.

Thank bluedraft52
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