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The Backbencher Gastropub

$$ - $$$European, ,
34 Molesworth Street | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-472 3065
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good55%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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European, Gastropub, New Zealand, Cafe, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34 Molesworth Street | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 16, 2017

Had not been back here for years and really enjoyed the return visit. The puppets are as good as ever and they alone are worth the visit. Food was excellent, service friendly with the appropriate sense of humour. Well done Backbencher, just don't have another...More

2  Thank bridger12016
Reviewed November 8, 2016

great selection of beers. Food was good well worth a visit. Nice tributes there to some of the All Blacks.

2  Thank chris s
Reviewed November 5, 2016

Enjoyable lunch here on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Excellent service from the staff. Food was excellent. Salt and pepper calamari and duck croquettes. Very tasty and sufficient for lunch. Lots of quirky references to our Parliamentarians around the dining area too.

2  Thank Rosebank430
Reviewed October 23, 2016

This is an iconic place and just across the Beehive. A must to visit and see how this place showcase NZ politicians.

2  Thank MrsGNZ
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Went to luch there today and had great calamari with handcut chips on the side. It was well cooked and the sauce that came with the Calamari was excellent.

2  Thank Scottym1966
Reviewed October 13, 2016

What was interesting is the giant puppets of the their politicians hanging on the walls. This restaurant is across the street from the Parliament building. I had the deep fried calamari which was very good to eat. My friend had the soup of day (...More

1  Thank 427BeatleBob
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Busy even on a Tuesday at lunch (thankfully we had booked). Great calamari. Service very good - the little things like automatically bringing tom sauce to have with the chips etc etc. All meals at table good (tried the pate and that was lovely -...More

Thank amr100
Reviewed October 3, 2016

We were going to be in Wellington for the weekend so I Emailed and booked a table and received a confirmation email back confirming our reservation. We turned up about half an hour early had a drink then went to the bar at the appointed...More

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely drink in this quirky pub opposite the beehive, it was great service, interesting so we decided to come back for dinner. The food could be fantastic but is just a little off the mark. The risotto was soooo salty and the duck...More

Thank Joanne F
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Usually visits to the Backbencher are catching up with friends at lunch time. I hadn't been here for dinner for years and fair to say that I won't be hurrying back any time soon. On the surface there is a menu that caters for most...More

Thank KiwiKerry53
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August 1, 2016|
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Response from JenniSu64 | Reviewed this property |
All day, they serve food from breakfast through to dinner and the bars stay open until the wee small hours - enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$7 - $24
European, Gastropub, New Zealand, Cafe, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Molesworth Street | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-472 3065
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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.
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