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The Backbencher Gastropub
Ranked #176 of 979 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, 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 15, 2013

This is right opposite the parliament buildings no doubts used by those who go there. Inside are cartoon statue caricatures of the major political figures as well as members of the arguably more popular all black team.
Friendly helpful staff wide choice of bees and you can taste before you buy ! Food very good an is worth the money .
The back bar has sports TV so it caters for everyone.
We went back to this bar a couple of times .

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Thank Freeman5802
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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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