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“Nice lunch even on Monday”

The Backbencher Bar and Cafe
Ranked #146 of 966 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $7 - $23
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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 March 12, 2013

We went to this refurbished Wellington landmark opposite parliament for Monday lunch. Once I had got used to the new décor, the old atmosphere came back and I enjoyed a thoroughly good pub lunch in the midst of the new political puppets.

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Thank Scribo
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a fabulous waitress Lucy.....busy night, great atmosphere with view over Parliament .......very nice !!

The new puppets look amazing !

We ended up with having tapas and we could not fault ?....black pudding, calamari.....

Def worth calling by even to have glass of wine.....

Thank GoodyNZ
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Went to the backbencher for a late lunch today. Tables were not ready, and needed to be wiped. Looked like 2 waitresses were working. We received our menus..... Finally after 15 minutes they took our food and drink orders. We then waited another 15 mins before our drinks arrived, then another 20 mins to get our food. The meals were average. Wellington has loads of eating places, where you are warmly received, so we will not be returning.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you like dining with large comic puppets of the local MPs leering down at you this is your place. The puppets provide a satiric commentary on NZ politics and history from the 1980s to the present with the menu also being used to criticise the behaviours of some of Nz's more colourful MPs. The Pub is closed at present after two fires but should reopen again as the venue is a popular one with many in the Wellington Belt way.

Thank peperi
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Backbencher is very special to us since this is where we had our first date, and the funny thing is neither of us drink alcohol! :-) We love this place for lunch and brunch and I use it often for business meetings. The stuffed politicians and the quirky menu (with politician favourites) makes this a MUST GO spot in Wellington.

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Thank SukiHarding
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