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.

Your host – Kevin Gear

One of three original owners of the Sprig & Fern in Brightwater when we opened the premises just over 10 years ago in December 2009. I have been involved in working alongside our fantastic staff providing a warm and welcome environment for all of our valued customers since we opened.

Our aim 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.

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.

What we are 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.

Quiz Night


Supporting local community organisations, local charities, local schools, scout groups etc – We have raised over $170k for the local community over the past 10 years.

Join us from 7:30pm onwards!

Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
Click below to go to our Facebook page.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tavern Page Contact

Vouchers & Merchandise

Treat someone today.

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

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.


Use the form below to enquire about sponsorship.

Tavern Sponsorship Email