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“Good simple food and great beer”

Sprig & Fern Tahuna
Ranked #31 of 175 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$14
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, New Zealand
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Sprig & Fern Tavern Tahuna is situated on Beach Rd just off the main coastal route into Nelson from Richmond. You will be hard pressed to find a bar with a more "outdoorsy" feel. Walk in through the iron gate and white picket fence and take a seat to make the most of the view or be in the shade from the warm Nelson sun.The full range of locally brewed S&F craft beer and cider is always on tap as well as seasonal special beers and the best of NZ wines. If you need a bite to eat we have a very tempting range of Indian inspired dishes that go really well with the award winning Pilsner.We are family friendly and have bicycle parking if this is your mode of transport.A very friendly welcome awaits from the staff and local drinkers at Sprig & Fern tavern at Tahuna.
Leigh, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Good simple food and great beer”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

It has a very nice selection of bar food but it was all made very fresh and as healthy as bar food can possibly be. It has an outstanding selection of craft beers. It has a nice local and friendly atmosphere.

Visited August 2014
Thank ckibele
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Samfitz86, Manager at Sprig & Fern Tahuna, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write this review Leigh. Glad you enjoyed your visit, look forward to seeing you again.
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English first
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197 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Crafty Beer Yes - not sure about the food.”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

If you want to sample some Nelson crafted beer this is one place that offers you a good selection. You can select a sampler of 6 from their extended menu and enjoy some bar food as well. We walked here on a weeknight after eating at the nearby Thai restaurant. There wasn't much going on but I know they also have live music here and a view of the sports field just across the street. This is a chain so look for other Sprig and Fern if you are traveling about NZ,

NOTE: Two of the samples we chose weren't our favorites but I guess that's why you sample. I know they would have allowed us to taste the samples ahead of time if we would have asked.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Alison M
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great location but lacking ombience”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Great wee spot and pleasant bar man and patrons. Maybe because this was a weekday afternoon the ambience was totally lacking. The music was so low you couldn't here it and the 6 people there were all talking in hushed voices as a result. The atmosphere meant we didn't stay for food.

I would suggest turning up the music so it can be heard and the bar man ejecting a bit more life into the place. Could be fantastic.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Melanie R
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Nelson, New Zealand
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185 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great Beer Great Location”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

This has been our local pub (walking distance) for the past 13 months. Great spot in summer although a little cool in winter. Great Beer, great wine menu and friendly staff. Recommend the pale ale and pilsner beer, and both alcoholic ciders are tasty! Didn't often eat here but pizza's were OK.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank nomadicnevs
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Need a hard copy menu”
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We went in and enjoyed a cider and beer. Lovely setting and would have been happy to stay for something to eat. We asked the bar man if he had a food menu and was directed to a blackboard that we could not read as there was a group of people in front of it. We then asked a waitress what food they had and she quickly rattled off a few options but was rather vague. Still people were stood in front if the blackboard so we gave up and left. If there had been a paper menu we would have stayed for the rest of the evening.

Visited March 2014
Thank Susansuh
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