Brightwater Sprig + Fern Tavern

The nearest pub to Lord Rutherford’s birthplace.

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

Sprig + Fern Brightwater is a big part of the community. Each week the Tavern hosts a quiz night to fundraise for the many different sports clubs, community initiatives and charities that need support. These quiz nights have become pretty famous locally, and are an effective way the local community can get behind their neighbours whilst having a good time.

This Tavern offers a unique dining experience which caters for local families. You can order off the Sprig + Fern menu, (ask us about our famous chicken, BBQ and Sour Cream pizza!) Or order fish and chips from the chip shop next door and dine in whilst enjoying your beer. It makes catering to friend and family in your group easy!

The aim of the Sprig + Fern Brightwater Tavern from the outset was to establish a community tavern for all to enjoy without the distraction of tv, pool tables or gaming machines.

In this, we have been successful and we are proud to be part of the vibrant Brightwater community.

Quiz Night

Supporting local community organisations, local charities, local schools, scout groups etc – We have raised over $170k for the local community.

Join us from 7:30pm onwards!

18 taps of Craft Beer

We have 18 taps of quality, award-winning craft beer, including bold Limited Releases. The freshly brewed beer and cider is made just down the road in Richmond, by Master Brewer and Sprig + Fern Brewing Co. owner Tracy Banner and her talented team.

Take Home Riggers

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.

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.

Food + Snacks

Order from our menu, or the Takeaway next door.
Ask us about our famous chicken, BBQ and sour cream pizza!

The Vibe

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.

How to find us


54 Ellis Street
Brightwater, Nelson
Phone: 03 542 2323 Contact Us

Trading Hours

Tues-Fri: 2pm-close
Mon: Closed
Rigger sales available.

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 staff for details on 03 542 2323.

Alternatively, please use the form below to contact us.

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