Merivale Sprig & Fern Tavern

An inner city Christchurch haven.

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The Merivale Sprig & Fern Tavern oozes charm and graciousness of the early Merivale estates. With classic Sprig & Fern appeal, it is the perfect escape just to the north of the Christchurch city centre. 

Your hosts at the Sprig are Chris and Michelle

Both Chris and Michelle are born and bred Cantabrians and even went to the same high school together.

Chris has a history of business ownership and is really enjoying being involved in the hospitality business in recent times.

Michelle has a background working in Laboratories around New Zealand and is the driving force in the operations at the Sprig here in Christchurch.

We look forward to seeing you down at the Sprig and enjoying your company!

How to find us


7 St Albans Street
Merivale, Christchurch
Phone: 03 260 0015

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Trading Hours

Mon-Sun: 12pm-late
Rigger sales available.

What we are about

The best of local offerings

Proudly serving our full range of Sprig & Fern beers and ciders with a great selection of local wines and a selection of freshly prepared meals.


Enjoy our Sprig & Fern hospitality in one of the many seating areas whilst drinking one of our award winning brews.

Earn Double Loyalty Points


Earn rewards on Mondays!

Quiz Night and 2-for-1 Pizza Deal


Join us for a fun quiz night and two pizzas for the price of one!

Happy Hour


Enjoy happy hour from 5-6pm!

Sunday Roast


Relax with our Sunday Roast for $25 and add dessert for $30.

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We must be doing something right

Genuine Kiwi Taverns

This is the 10th Sprig & Fern Tavern and first in Christchurch.  Bringing the Sprig & Fern hospitality to Christchurch including craft brews and our style – no TV, no pokies and no pool tables!

BGNZ Awards

The Sprig & Fern Brewery won 13 medals at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand International Beer Awards in 2018.

HNZ Member

The Merivale Sprig & Fern Tavern is a proud and active member of Hospitality New Zealand.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

We proudly serve the full range of Sprig & Fern’s consistently good, craft beers and ciders.

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.

Take home a rigger

Enjoy our products and want to take some home?

No problem, we can fill a rigger of your favourite brew to go. We supply 2 litre plastic riggers, or you can bring your own bottle to be filled.

Full meals and bar snacks available

Meals are available to complement our beers and ciders.

Whether it be aged beef or market fish, we serve great meals to suit your taste buds. Our Chef and his team do an excellent range of bar snacks including Sprig Fries or Pork Scratchings.

Sharing with friends? There are sharing options available too. We can also cater for your functions – please enquire at the bar.

A selection of Nelson’s finest wines

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

Our wines are predominantly sourced locally from the Moutere, Motueka and Waimea region. Soft drinks include our delicious non alcoholic Sprig & Fern ginger beer and a range of fizzy drinks and fruit juices. Tea and coffee is also available.

Group bookings and functions

Lots of indoor space available.

We are happy to cater for groups or functions.

Please call us on 03 260 0015 to discuss your requirements.

Alternatively, please use the form below to contact us.

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Gift vouchers

Treat someone today.

Gift vouchers are available to purchase. We can do you a voucher for any amount you like, and it is presented in a gift envelope.

Sponsorship and Community

We are currently seeking opportunities for sponsorship. Please contact the Tavern Manager for information.


Use the form below to enquire about sponsorship.

Tavern Sponsorship Email