Speights Ale House in Canterbury Menu

  • Ale House Loaf $6.90/ $11.90
    • Locally baked Speight's bread. Hot and delicious served with garlic or plain butter. Half or whole loaves available.
  • Malthouse Platter $32.00/ $47.00
    • Something to share, a selection of homemade paté, bread, soft cheese, relishes, pickles, dips, vegetable sticks, salami, champagne ham and seasoned chicken. Half or whole platters available.
  • Soup of the Day $12.00
    • Chef's choice of fresh homemade soup served with Speight’s Ale House bread.
  • Bluff Chowder $14.80
    • A local favourite. Seafood bound in a beautiful creamy fish stock, delicately flavoured with fresh herbs, served with Ale House toast.Enjoy this hearty chowder with a Speight's Summit. Beer Match: Enjoy this hearty chowder with a Speight's Summit
  • Crispy Crumbed Camembert $16.00
    • An oldie but a goodie! Crispy camembert with a gooey centre, with spiced plum chutney.
  • Moeraki Mussels $17.50
    • Green lipped mussels simmered to perfection in our homemade green curry sauce.
  • Beef Schnitzel $20.00
    • Beef schnitzel lightly crumbed, served with either mushroom sauce or Ale House gravy, fries and salad greens.
  • Open Steak Sandwich $20.00
    • Locally baked foccaccia bread topped with rib-eye steak, homemade caramelised onions, mushrooms, egg and pesto mayo with your choice of english mustard or horseradish sauce.
  • Ophir Corn Fritters $19.80
    • Corn fritters made with a southern recipe served with streaky bacon and a refreshing tomato and coriander salsa. Beer Match: Everyone's favourite – have a Speight's Gold Medal as well.
  • Gold Medal" Calamari $19.80/ $25.80
    • Seasoned and lightly golden fried, match this with salad greens, lemon and aioli and there you have the makings of a classic. Small or large portions available. Beer Match: Goes without saying. Speight's Gold Medal – perfect!
  • Caesar Salad $19.80
    • The Ale House's spin on the traditional classic that has almost ingrained itself as a key part of the Kiwi dining scene. Cos lettuce, croutons, bacon, parmesan, anchovies, poached egg and our own caesar dressing. Add chicken: $23.60 Beer Match: The full flavours of Speight's Distinction Ale goes perfectly here.
  • Warm Moroccan Chicken Salad $23.80
    • Moroccan style chicken on a bed of tabbouleh salad greens, avocado, grapes and cumin yoghurt dressing.
  • Thai Beef Salad $23.80
    • Marinated beef in authentic thai ingredients with salad greens, roasted cashews, crispy noodles and a refreshing homemade dressing.
  • Warm Roast Vegetable Salad $20.00
    • A combination of oven roasted root vegetables cooked with dukkah spices, feta cheese, cos lettuce, walnuts and olives finished with Ale House dressing and a splash of aioli. Add bacon: $ 23.60 Beer Match: A lovely meal to have with a Speight's nutty and grassy Gold Medal Ale.
  • Speight's Pie $21.20
    • Homemade pie of the day served with side salad & fries. Our friendly staff will let you know what the chef has created today. Beer Match: Your waiter can suggest a suitable beer to have with today's pie
  • Pasta of the Day $24.90
    • Our friendly staff will let you know the pasta of the day special. Beer Match: Your waiter can suggest a suitable beer to have with today's pasta dish.
  • Southern Man's "All Day" Breakfast $22.80
    • A breakfast feast available all day. Fried eggs, corn fritter, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomato and Speight's Ale House hash browns. Served with toasted Ale House bread. Beer Match: OK – if you have to have a beer with breakfast, it has to be Gold Medal Ale.
  • James Speight's Porter Sausage & Mash $23.50
    • Porter sausage on potato mash and topped with caramelised onion and gravy. Served with toasted Ale House bread.
  • Grandma's Lambs Fry $23.50
    • Thinly sliced lamb's liver, fried with bacon and caramelised onions, bound in a rich Speight's Old Dark gravy, served on potato mash, with toasted Ale House bread. Beer Match: Just has to be Speight's Porter with this one.
  • Blue 'n' Gold $25.80
    • Great Southland Blue Cod, lightly golden fried in Speight's beer batter served with fresh garden salad and fries.
  • Catch of the Day $29.50
    • Allow our chefs to create for you a taste sensation using daily fresh fish from the markets. Please ask your waiter for today's inspiration. Beer Match: A glass of Speight's Pilsner is just great with fish.
  • Deep South Salmon $33.50
    • Pan roasted fillet of Salmon served on a garlic caper mash, topped with a tomato ragout and horseradish and lime cream. With a choice of garden salad or fresh vegetables on the side. Beer Match: Savour the flavour here with a glass of Speight's Gold Medal Ale.
  • Chicken Parcels $25.00/ $29.20
    • Chicken breast, bacon, Turkish apricots, cream cheese and smoked paprika wrapped in golden filo pastry, topped with plum sauce and toasted almond shavings. Served with green salad and crispy potatoes. Beer Match: Enjoy with a glass of distinctively hoppy Speight's Summit.
  • Black Cherry Chicken $30.80
    • Pan roasted chicken supreme, stuffed with herbs, cashew nuts, soft cheese and bacon. Laid on kumara mash with a black cherry sauce and garden salad. Beer Match: Speight's Porter has the complex flavours to enhance this dish.
  • Speight's Gourmet Burgers $23.50
    • All burgers are constructed with a toasted monster bun, lettuce, tomato caramelised onion and served with golden fries. Choice of: Chicken-Chargrilled chicken breast, bacon, avocado and camembert with plum chutney./ Beef-Homemade beef pattie, bacon, egg, cheddar and beetroot relish with hickory smoked BBQ sauce./ Ostrich- 200g ostrich patty served with blue cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, fruit chutney.
  • Frank Oliver's Spare Ribs $25.00/ $33.90
    • Slow roasted Pork Spare Ribs with lashings of Speight's Old Dark and chilli inspired BBQ sauce, served with buffalo chips topped with bacon, cheese, onion and chargrilled corn on the cob. Prepare to get messy with this one. Small or large available.
  • Shearer's Shanks $28.80/ $36.50
    • Tender and delicious lamb shanks, oven roasted with Central thyme and garlic, topped with Ale House gravy and a mint glaze. Served on potato mash with fresh vegetables. Beer Match: I must say this dish is perfect with Speight's Porter.
  • Drunken Steak $29.90
    • 250g of prime rump steak, cooked to your liking topped with your choice of either creamy mushroom sauce, roasted garlic sauce or green peppercorn sauce. Served with golden fries and fresh salad. Beer Match: Speight's Old Dark of course.
  • High Country Hog $27.90/ $32.90
    • Two giant bacon-cured chops, served on potato, red onion and cabbage hash, topped with apple and pear chutney, finished with lashings of Ale House Gravy and seasonal vegetables. Beer Match: This is great with a glass of Speight's Gold Medal Ale.
  • In the Roar $36.00
    • 200g of Denver leg of venison, grilled to medium rare, resting on a havarti and caramelised onion potato cake with glazed baby carrots and parsnips. Topped with chilli jam and a rich red wine beef jus.
  • Musterer's Roast Lamb Cutlets $00.00
    • Thyme infused lamb cutlets accompanied with kumara, parsnip and ginger hash, roasted vine ripened tomatoes, green beans then drizzled with our chefs special onion sauce and a rich jus. Beer Match: A pint of Speight's Distinction Ale will go great with this.
  • The Highlander $00.00
    • Hearty 250g prime rib-eye, served with potato gratin, buttered seasonal vegetables topped with a rich beef jus and beer battered onion rings.
  • The Fillet $00.00
    • Rosemary infused eye fillet, chargrilled with bubble and squeak potatoes, baby carrots, green beans, a mushroom pastry puff and topped with tomato jam and rich jus. Beer Match: Tough choice here but I would have to recommend Speight's Distinction.
  • Egg $2.50
  • Onions $3.50
  • Mushrooms $6.00
  • Avocado $4.00
  • Mushroom Sauce $2.50
  • Ale House Gravy $2.50
  • Garlic Sauce $2.50
  • Peppercorn Sauce $2.50
  • Streaky Bacon $6.00
  • Fries $4.00
  • Side Vegetables $5.00
  • Side Salad $6.00
  • Crunchy Potatoes $4.50
  • Sour Cream $2.00
  • Aioli $2.00
  • Chocolate Mud Cake $13.00
    • Rich, moist chocolate cake served hot with a decadent chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and cream.
  • Cromwell Crumble $13.00
    • A bounty of delicious fruit topped with a crispy golden crumble, anglaise and ice cream.
  • Gourmet Ice Cream $13.00
    • Dunedin's own speciality, gourmet ice cream – Speight's Old Dark, topped with caramel and coffee sauce.
  • Farmhouse Cheesecake $13.00
    • Ask for today's selection.
  • Baby Pavlova $13.00
    • The Kiwi classic surrounded with a salad of fresh fruit, whipped cream and smothered in a wild berry compote.
  • Banana Cigars $13.00
    • Deep fried until golden brown served with French vanilla bean ice cream, topped with a sensational thick coconut palm sugar sauce.
  • Sticky Date and Ginger Steamed Pudding $13.00
    • Grandma's favourite recipe this one, topped with butterscotch sauce,ice cream and whipped cream.
  • Banana Split $13.00
    • With all the bells and whistles!

Nearby Sample Menus

  • (D) Prawns $20.00
  • (B) Combination Meats $18.00
  • Red Curry $10.00
    • served with rice
  • (B) Combination Meats $18.00
  • Red Curry
    • Bamboo shoots & vegetables with coconut milk
  • Larb - Chicken, Beef or Pork $20.00
    • Minced chicken, beef or pork with garlic, mint and coriander
  • (B) Combination Meats $18.00
  • (C) Crispy Pork $20.00
  • Salmon and Avo $5.50
  • Teriyaki Chicken $13.00
  • Salmon Sashimi and Caviar on Rice $13.00
  • Grilled Squid $7.50
  • Grilled Chicken with Yuzu Pepper $10.00
  • Edamame Spring Rolls - 5pcs (V) $6.00
  • Crispy Salad with 3 Dressing(S) $7.00
  • Poached Egg $3.00
  • 1 /2 Portion of Wedges / Kumara Chips or Beer Battered Chips $3.50
  • Fresh Fish Grilled $8.50
  • Cocktail Spring Rolls x 6 $2.00
  • Chicken Nuggets x 6 $5.00
  • Corn Balls x 6 $2.00
  • Squid Curls x 6 $6.00
  • Blue Cod $10.00
  • Kumara Chips $6.50
  • Squid $20.00
  • Black Tiger Prawns (7) $21.00
  • Num Tok $19.00
    • A Thai traditional dish, cooked with Chef selected vegetables, herbs & roasted ground rice - Beef or Pork
  • Panang Curry
    • A peanut curry, cooked with Chef's selected vegetables in rich Panang curry
  • Yellow Curry
    • A wild & spicy Yellow Curry, cooked with Chef's selected vegetables, basil leave & potato
  • Combination Meats $18.00
  • Thai Style Cashew Nuts comes with rice
    • Stir fried meat of your choice with Chef's selected vegetables in Chef's roasted chili sauce & cashew nuts
  • Chicken, Beef or Pork $19.00
  • Bagels $8.50
    • w' raspberry jam OR basil pesto and cream cheese
  • Hot Roast Pork Roll $19.50
    • hot roast pork, apple sauce, green salad & gravy on ciabatta served with fries
  • Eggs Bene $19.00
    • poached free range eggs served on English muffins w’ homemade hollandaise sauce and creamy mushrooms, wilted spinach & roast tomato
  • French Toast $18.50
    • generous slices of brioche dipped in cream and egg batter served with berry compote and yoghurt
  • Eggs Bene $19.00
    • poached free range eggs served on English muffins w’ homemade hollandaise sauce and streaky bacon
  • Teas (for one / for two) $3.50 / $6.00
    • English Breakfast / Earl Grey / Pure Green / Lemon Green / Jasmine Green / Peppermint, Lemon & Ginger Camomile & Spiced Apple
  • Long Black / Short Black / Americano $3.60
  • Gluten Free Pancakes $19.00
    • w’ streaky bacon, grilled banana, maple syrup
  • Meat Patties $2.10
  • Spring Rolls $3.00
  • Redcliffs Special $7.60
  • Paua Patties $2.90
  • Bacon Corn Patties $2.10
  • Chicken Nibbles (1/2 dozen) $4.50
  • Cheese $3.90
  • Corn Patties $2.10
  • Bronze (6pcs) $12.80
  • BBQ Eal Set $19.90
  • BBQ Eel & Egg Omelette Roll $15.00
  • Scallop (from Hokaido) $7.00
  • Beef Sirloin Steak with Japanese Black Pepper Sauce $19.00
  • Agedashi Tofu $8.00
  • Crumbed Prawn (4pcs) $8.00
  • (A) Seafood (Squid, Prawn, Scallop & Bonito Flakes) $21.00
  • Affogato +$9
    • With a double shot of either baileys, amaretto, tia maria, kahlua or cointreau
  • Fish and Chips $15
    • battered white fish with shoestring fries and salad
  • Risotto of the Day N/A
  • Fish and Chips $27
    • battered white fish with thick cut chips & vegetable slaw
  • Pork Belly $34
    • with smoked hock colcannon potatoes, asparagus, pickled cucumber & mustard jus
  • Roasted Olives $10
    • with marinated feta, spiced nuts & kumara crisps
  • Risotto of the Day N/A
  • Pizza $15
    • ham and cheese & pineapple OR meat lovers with BBQ sauce
  • Fettuccine al Salmone e vodka $21.50
    • Smoked salmon, beet greens, onion, garlic and capers with a dash of lemon infused vodka. Cream, or tomato and herb Napoletana sauce.
  • Angus steak sandwich $22.50
    • 150gm Wakanui aged rump steak on toasted ciabatta with mushrooms, garlic aioli, peppercorn butter and fries.
  • Margherita (v) $21.50
    • Traditional, Napoli style tomato sauce, Clevedon Valley buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil.
  • Focaccia bruschetta with four pestos $11.50
    • Four pieces of focaccia brushed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, grilled and served with four seasonal pests.
  • Ravioloni fritti entree/main $10.00/$22.00
    • Crispy fried three cheese and pesto ravioli. Topped with Parmesan and served with our house made tomato chutney.
  • Truffle parmesan fries (v) $10.00
  • Picante $22.50
    • Wood-fired roasted chicken, caramelised onion, spinach, mushrooms and pine nuts. Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and shaved parmesan.
  • Molto Carne $22.50
    • Italian sausages, salami, Italian style bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives
  • Grilled Cajun Spiced Chicken & Feta with Stuffed Portabello Mushroom with Basil, Pesto, Roasted seasonal Vegetables & Lemon Garlic Dressing (GF, DF)
  • TABLE D’HOTE $50
    • (choose one from each course below)
  • Plunger coffe
  • Extras - bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom, hash brown $2 each
  • Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Coffee $4.50
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • Smoked salmon $9
  • Percik Chicken $14
    • toasted coconut
  • Steamed White Pak Choy $12
    • Confit garlic (v)
  • Woo Chilli Sauce $3
  • Prawn & Coriander Dumplings (4 pieces) $11
  • Spiced Lamb (gf) $14
  • Or Malaysian Spiced Chicken (gf) $17
  • Steamed Jasmine Rice (v, gf) $3
  • Woo Salad $14
    • Lychee, peanuts, palm sugar dressing (v, gf)
  • Lamb Shank 1/2 $19.50/$29.50
    • Slow cooked for that 'fall off the bone' with your choice of mash & peas
  • Fries $8.00
    • Served with Ketchup or aioli
  • Steak, Mushroom & Stout Pie $18.50
    • Chunks of prime beef, marinated in Murphy’s stout cooked with onions & mushrooms, topped with a glazed pastry served with potatoes and peas
  • Carrot Cake (GF) $14.00
    • Homemade Carrot cake laced with pineapple & walnuts served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Open Chicken Sandwich $2.50
    • Butterflied chicken breast cooked in cream, white wine, sage, and onion, served on toasted garlic ciabatta with crisp iceberg lettuce and cherry tomatoes Add Fries
  • Sausage
    • Pork Chili & Apricot / New Yorkers / Lamb & Rosemary / Old Fashion Beef / Venison
  • Sausage & Gravy $13.00
  • Chicken Casserole $19.50/$27.00
    • A full or half chicken slow roasted with leeks and bacon in homemade stock finished with cream served in its own crock pot with warm crusty bread
  • Thai Honey Chicken
    • Seared chicken marinated in sweet chilli, honey, garlic and sesame seeds, with green beans, baby corn, red capsicum and red onion
  • Jalapeno Bites $12.00
    • A perfect blend of jalapeños and cream chesse encased in a golden panko-crumbed shell.
  • Vege $18.00
    • Sundried tomatoes, olives, red onion, roast pumpkin and rocket in a basil pesto sauce topped with feta and parmesan
  • Thai Beef $18.50
    • Seared and marinated beef with rocket, red onion, bamboo shoots, capsicum and cherry tomatoes.
  • Carbonara $18.00
    • Bacon, mushroom and onions sauteed in a cream white wine sauce and fettuccine.
  • Gourmet Flat Bread $10.00
    • With sundried tomatoes, feta, nuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sweet chilli sauce, olives and herbs
  • Scallop and Bacon $18.00
    • Scallops and bacon tossed in a chilli and lime sauce and served with spaghetti
  • Mussels $18.50
    • In a lemon, sweet chilli, white wine and tomato concasse. Served with a side of bread. (Suitable for 2 people)
  • Ricotta Cheesecake, ginger bread, rhubarb, ginger beer sorbet $15.00
  • 250 gms Wakanui grain finished rib eye $34.00
  • White chocolate and raspberry truffle $2.50
  • Beef shortrib, smoked potato, baby carrots, onions, parsley $34.00
  • Singapore noodles, vegetables, omelette, chilli, curry spices $10.00
  • Mixed salad leaves, herbs, French dressing $7.00
  • Seasonal vegetable from someone's garden. greenhouse or paddock $7.00
  • Apple Tree Farm Pork belly, parsnip puree, nuts, grains, mushrooms, balsamic prunes $33.00
  • Charred beef fillet, cucumber, kaffir lime, crispy rice, herbs $15.00
  • Cured Akaroa salmon, beetroot, orange, fennel, sourdough wafers $24.00
  • Sweet corn fritters, chilli caramel, cherry tomato and poached eggs, your choice of $21.00
    • Bacon or smoked salmon and tomato
  • Brioche toast, truffled brie, chorizo jam $8.00
  • Garlic potato mash, red wine jus
  • Risotto, carnaroli rice, market inspired, garden salad $32.00
  • Broccolini, white miso, capers, hazelnuts
  • Soba noodles, chicken, eggplant, cucumber, roast sesame dressing, edamame $22.00
Speights Ale House

Speights Ale House



2 George Street, Timaru Central, Timaru, Canterbury, 7910, New Zealand





Opened hours

Monday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Friday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Sunday: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
price range


$10 - $20




service level


Table Service



Bar , Gluten Free , New Zealand , Vegetarian



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2 George Street, Timaru Central, Timaru, Canterbury, 7910, New Zealand