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“Interesting place, good food”

The Backbencher Gastropub
Ranked #160 of 972 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: US$7 - US$24
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Backbencher Gastro Pub is known nationwide for its fresh New Zealand cuisine with a great range of craft beer and wine, locally sourced produce and fantastic service. We pride ourselves in fresh, house made meals with a little political twist.
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Backbencher is across from the Parliament buildings, and is a politically-themed place where, according to the Parliament tour guide, some of the politicos actually dine and get into discussions with patrons, or sometimes meet reporters, etc. There are large satiric statues of politicians (fun to look at for foreigners, even if we didn't get any of the jokes), political cartoons all over the walls, and all of the menu items have names that are political gags. It's a fun place to go, even if you don't get the jokes as a foreigner), and the food is good. Service was so-so, but friendly. Worth a trip for an interesting slice of the capitol.

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Thank stokes007
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Dine here twice last weekend and on both occasions the food was great but the service was shocking. Ineptitude abounded until the duty manager took over and things picked up. Very well priced meals with a wide range of tempting dishes to choose from.
Would I return? Hmm, maybe, but there are other places I would try first.

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Thank Spinner S
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Stopped in here for a coffee with friends. Bored service by some tall easy going dude with track pants on. Coughed into his hands before he started making the coffees. Took 15 minutes from when we entered till when we got the coffees and they were delivered cold. Many people came in and left as they didn't want to wait as the skinny tall dude was the only one working despite several other staff hiding out the back. Sloppy - avoid.

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1  Thank Zane C
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

great to see the Backbenchers refurbished and up and running again. Excellent service, a welcome stop out of the wind as not much is open in central Wellington on a Sunday.

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Thank Cheryl J
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Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

One of my best memories of Wellington was the Back Bencher, what a shame it burnt down. The place has had a change in focus and seems to be more about dining with a small and very cramped bar at the back. I was I guess disappointed that the original feel has been lost, but all in all great service, great location and it should get better with time

Thank Excited-travla
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