Author: Backbencher Admin

Election Night 2020 Competition!

Introducing the winners of our 2020 New Zealand Election Night competition! Lakeman Brewing Co. and Chalet Eiger, Taupo hosted several lucky folks who had dropped their names in the hat after drinking Lakeman beers at The Backbencher in the run up to Election evening 2020! 

Menu #50 is here!

Our brand new food menu, inspired by the 2020 New Zealand Election is now available from the Backbencher Gastropub.

Level 2 Reopening

The Backbencher Gastropub will be re-opening as of Friday 15th May 2020!

Our opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 11:30am – 7pm for the foreseeable future however we will open on weekends to air any prominent sporting fixtures.

Our staff will adhere to all Level 2 restrictions including 2 metre distancing between tables, extra hygiene precautions and ensuring contact tracing with guest sign in documents

We will also continue to provide both Cellar-Vate and Backbencher products via the Regulr app for contactless pick ups and deliveries.

For bookings please email

Thank you for all your support in the past several weeks – we’re looking forward to seeing you again!

Thank you and stay safe, The Backbencher Team.

Eat, Drink & Be Welly | WOAP 10-26 Aug 2018

It’s that time of year again! Wellington on a Plate is back, and it’s turning 10! We are counting down the days until Wellington On a Plate! Join us as we celebrate 10 years of this fantastic festival, and get ready to party with our