Brightwater Sprig & Fern Tavern

The nearest pub to Lord Rutherford's birthplace.

The Sprig & Fern Tavern on Ellis Street in Brightwater has quickly turned into a community hub as well as being a favourite local tavern serving Sprig and Fern's craft beer range. And just around the corner, Earnest Lord Rutherford's birthplace memorial.

Contact us

54 Ellis Street, Brightwater
Phone: 03 542 2323
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

 Tue - Fri: 2pm - close
Sat - Sun: 11.30am - close
Mon: Closed
Rigger sales available.

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How to find us

What we’re about

18 taps of Craft Beer

We have 18 taps of quality, award-winning craft beer as well as a selection of wines and spirits. The freshly brewed beer and cider is made just down the road in Richmond.

About the Tavern

A Brightwater community hub, the Tavern is a place where you can stop in for a coffee with the kids during the day, relax with a beer after work, grab a meal or hold a committee meeting.

The atmosphere

The living room-like entrance has a wood fire and armchairs. There's a lively space down the back with a dart board and a covered outdoor area, perfect for a beer in the afternoon sun.

We must be doing something right

Best Venue Winner

2010 Nelson Hospitality Awards Best Suburban Venue: Winner

Best Venue Finalist

2012 Nelson Hospitality Awards Best Suburban Venue: Finalist

Best Barperson Finalist

2012 Nelson Hospitality Awards Best Barperson: Finalist Jason Stack.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

We serve the full range of Sprig & Fern's award winning craft beer and ciders on tap. From crisp lagers to classic ales and darker stouts, there's bound to be a beer or cider that will suit your palate.

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Take home a rigger

Rigger sales are available from opening 'til last orders. If you can’t stay and enjoy our hospitality, pick up a pizza to accompany your beverage of choice to enjoy at home or take to your party.

Food and bar snacks available

Order from our menu, or the Takeaway next door

A cheese platter, an antipasto platter, and nachos are available all day every day. During the winter months we do something hot and hearty like Hungarian goulash. Pizzas are available to eat in or takeaway - our best sellers are Chicken with sour cream and the S&F Supreme. There's a takeaway next door offering a range of easy meals that you can enjoy with a quiet pint, or get a group of mates to join you for a feed and a good catch up. See the menu

A selection of Nelson's finest wines

A range of local wine, spirits and soft drinks.

With one exception, all our wines are sourced from vineyards within a 2km radius of the Tavern. You can also enjoy a choice of the major spirit brands and a selection of juices and soft drink options. Try the Sprig and Fern's Ginger Beer for a delicious, refreshing non-alcoholic option.

Welcoming atmosphere

Group bookings and functions

Talk to us about how we can help.

We cater for functions and can allocate space for groups. We can also hire out our facilities outside of normal trading hours. During winter the Tavern is closed on Mondays but is available to local groups as a meeting place or for functions. Talk to our the staff for details.

See Facebook for gigs & events

Quiz night is on Thursday, starting at 7.30pm. The cost per person is $3 and this supports local charities, clubs, and organisations. Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
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Vouchers & Merchandise

Treat someone today.

Sprig & Fern Tavern gift vouchers are available in denominations of $10.
We have a range of merchandise available periodically.


Sponsorship and community

Community & good causes


The Tavern is part of a small community and we like to do our bit. We get right in behind the annual Brightwater Wine & Food Festival, and we estimate that our Thursday quiz nights have generated in excess of $50,000 for local good causes in the last 5 years.

Feedback and Reviews

Great little bar in a very relaxed setting. Local beer, wine and ciders. The best ever pizzas are made here as well and good fish 'n' chips from next door, which you can have delivered here.


Annemarie M

The manager was friendly and chatty and my hubby had a great time talking about all the beers. We tasted a few of the different products such as the alcoholic lemonade and the berry cider - YUM. Nachos were great and a very large generous portion. Has an outside area out the back and a nice relaxed atmosphere. 


Nicola W

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