Milton Street Sprig & Fern Tavern, Nelson

Awarded New Zealand’s Best Bar 2012

Set in a renovated bungalow in a graceful old part of Nelson, the Sprig and Fern Tavern on Milton Street provides a cosy, relaxing and intimate atmosphere, enjoyed by the locals and visitors alike.

Contact us

134 Milton Street, The Wood, Nelson
Phone: 03 545 7117
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

Mon: 2.00pm - 11.00pm

Tue - Sat: 10.00am - 11.00pm

Sun: 10.00am - 10.00pm

Rigger sales available.

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How to find us

What we’re about

Nelson’s Craft Beer on tap

We proudly serve the entire range of Sprig & Fern’s multiple award-winning Craft Beers and Ciders. We also stock a range of quality wines and spirits.

A community tavern

We provide a welcoming, community environment - unpretentious and easy going. It’s classic Kiwi, sociable and with a  great sense of humour.

Real beer and real people

We have no TV’s, pokies and pool tables in our tavern, so great conversation and human interaction abounds. It’s a refreshingly real experience.

We must be doing something right

Best NZ Beer Venue

In 2013 we won Best New Zealand Beer Venue in the Beer and Brewer Magazine People's Choice Awards.

NZ’s Best Bar

The Milton Street Tavern was awarded New Zealand's Best Bar in the 2012 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

Other Awards

• Winner 2013 Tohu Dine Out Awards
• Nelson Bar of the Year 2012 - Nelson Hospitality Awards

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

The Sprig & Fern Brewery produces a big range of craft beers and ciders, and Sprig & Fern Taverns are the only places you can enjoy the whole range on tap. Whether you're partial to a dark porter, a scotch ale, a hoppy IPA or a crisp, refreshing lager, there is a beer here for your taste, and probably a few more besides.

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Take home a rigger

We have an off licence, so you can take away your favourite beer or cider. We supply 2 litre plastic riggers, or you can bring your own in to be refilled. We are more happy to keep it in the fridge for you while you stay and have a quick pint.

Food and bar snacks available

We serve a range of pizza's, extremely popular curly fries, a ploughman's platter and the mountain bikers' favourite - BLT on either focaccia or rye bread. See our blackboard menu or table talkers in the Tavern.

A selection of Nelson's finest wines

We serve a range of wine, spirits and soft drinks.

As well as being New Zealand's Craft Brewing Capital, the Nelson region is also home to numerous boutique vineyards, with a reputation for crafting superb aromatic varieties - such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, as well as a distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc. We source a selection of great wines from our local vineyards.

Meet your hosts Tracy and Ken Banner

Your hosts Tracy and Ken Banner

The Milton Street Tavern is independently owned and operated by Tracy & Ken Banner, who took over the running in 2010. It's a family run business - you'll also find their daughter Kathryn behind the bar during the week.

Group bookings and functions

You can reserve a table or two, if you're lucky.

We're not a big Tavern, and it gets pretty busy in here some nights, but we'll do our best to accommodate your group if you want to reserve your favourite table in the corner. Please phone the Tavern during business hours to talk to the Duty Manager about your needs.

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Treat someone today.

We have tee shirts and a range of other merchandise available for purchase.

Sponsorship and community

Proud to support sports & community groups

We're part of the community, and it's a big part of us, so we really love to get behind local sport teams and community groups when we can. The image gallery below showcases some of the community groups we support, and who in turn, support us.

Feedback and Reviews

I loved the pleasant staff. Nice place to enjoy having a few ales. Nice Ale. Nice Cider. Nice everything!

Manz Tuwharetoa (via Facebook)

Such a mint little establishment and choice as staff! Great locals and very nice brews. Oh, and the pumpkin and chorizo pizza is delish.

Joe Chapman (via Facebook)