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The Speight’s Ale House, situated within the historic Speight’s Brewery at 200 Rattray Street, was the original Ale House to open in New Zealand. In August 1999 Mark and Kirstin Scully opened the Ale House to coincide with extensive work done to open the Brewery Tour, Heritage Centre and Shop. This major investment has seen The Speight’s Brewery remain a vibrant and popular part of Dunedin.

All the superb tap ales served at The Speight’s Ale House are brewed right here on site as they have been since 1876. When the original Ale House was opened the challenge given to the chefs was to produce hearty, value for money servings of southern fare. Nothing has changed, today’s menu still features Ale House classics like seafood chowder, blue cod, lamb shanks, steak, venison as well as vegetarian options.
All meals are expertly matched to one of our fine tap ales, although an extensive range of wines, spirits, coffees and non-alcoholic drinks are also available. The Speight’s Ale House also offers set menu options for groups, including package deals which can include a tour of the brewery. If you are looking for the perfect gift, meal vouchers are available on request at the bar.

The Speight’s Ale House is a fantastic venue for a group outing whether it is for a meal, drinks and nibbles in the bar or to enjoy the game on our big screen. This iconic venue, with its unique setting in one of New Zealand’s most historic breweries is a must do for both locals and visitors to Dunedin. Often local people will bring out-of-town visitors for a look at our brewery restaurant. The success of this ale house has lead to the establishment of an extensive network of restaurants  throughout the country.


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