Having been open for just over 5 years, The Bealeys Speights Ale House like to consider themselves the pioneers of southern hospitality. Its glistening copper – a staple of all Ale Houses around the country, combined with the owner’s long sporting involvement within the region, allows Bealey to be near the top of its game without losing its ties with the south, rugby and the local community.
Having captained the All Blacks to a series win against the British Lions in 1977, their publican Tane Norton, resides over his business with the same leadership that he applied so often on the field. In a more hands on position his son Richard Norton, assists with the day to day running of the pub, drawing upon his ties with Linwood Rugby and the surrounding community.
Their extensive menu combines the best flavours of the south with affordability and generous servings. Ale House staples such as their Ploughman’s Pork Belly, Lambs Fry, Blue and Gold (blue cod) and Pig Hunter Ribs on offer every day. Their kitchen team has a mix of local and international chefs, combined with varying levels of experience and ongoing in house training and development.
With The Bealey’s Hotel on site, The Ale House is capable of catering to large groups, whether it is a family reunion, or travelling sports team. The rooms themselves are comfortable, accessible and include all the usual conveniences you would normally find in any friendly, family run accommodation.