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“Good food, good staff, nice location”

Speights Ale House Wanaka
Ranked #14 of 81 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$24
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
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Good for: View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Perugia, Italy
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245 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Good food, good staff, nice location”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We had lunch and dinner here during our one day stay at Wanaka. June 2014. Rained all day :(
Located across the street form the lake, nicely furnished. Staff is nice.
At lunch we had one full and one half Blue and Gold cod with fries, glass of Kopiko Bay Chardonnay, and a pint of Speights Gold. Cod had a nice crispy thin batter, very good.
For dinner we had prime cut beef sirloin, the vegie patch, glass of Kopiko Bay Chardonnay, and a pint of Speights Ginger beer (alcoholic). Beef was fine, the vegie patch really good.
Recommended for good food and good beer.

  • Visited June 2014
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, 1 October 2014
Thank you for feedback. Lunch and Dinner - that's great to hear! I hope that the sun started shining before you left Wanaka.
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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic ”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

Great pub. Great atmosphere. Service was professional but friendly. Very helpful and attentive.
Food was amazing. Yes amazing. Had a peanut slab cheesecake which was beyond amazing. Light and delicious. We stayed in wanaka for a week. Are here three times. The decor was excellent the place was excellently styled. ! We will be back. Soon.

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Thank Majella M
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, 1 October 2014
Reviews like yours are priceless! Thank you for enjoying the Wanaka Speights Ale House whilst on holiday - We hope the rest of your time in New Zealand was fantastic.
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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A good spot for a cheeky afternoon bevvie”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

A good warm spot opposite the lake to share a beer with friends after a day in Wanaka or on the slopes. Good service, good food, just a bloody good pub.

  • Visited August 2014
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, 1 October 2014
Thank you for your feedback. The Wanaka Speights Ale House has many a "cheeky afternoon bevvie" stop for people coming off the slopes. Makes for a great atmosphere.
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Adelaide, Australia
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“food location and staff...all awesome!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

hands down my favourite place for dins in wanaka! Awesome building, staff are really friendly and food is excellent!

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Thank CaitlinKempe
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, 1 October 2014
Straight to the point! We love it! And we are glad you loved it too!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Very Wanaka”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Relaxing spot over looking the lake, wether you are inside or out. Cool area outside for the kids to play, lovely simple hearty food cooked perfectly, great gastro pub!

Visited July 2014
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charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this review, 1 October 2014
The Bullock Creek area is a favourite with families - children can play around safely along the grassed areas while parents can sit back and relax over a beverage.
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