The Co-Op is a new incarnation of the old Whitby Pub. It serves burgers, wood-fired pizzas and up-market pub food. The place is well laid-out as it has lots of separate spaces. The decor is to have a recycled wood look, and we found that there were few really hard surfaces so not too noisy. The place is very popular with families, and kids seems well-served. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. We had a entree of prawns
(my least favourite; nothing wrong, but not very interesting), my wife had pork belly with a large amount of potatoes, some carrot and beans, and I had the sous-vide lamb on gratin potatoes, lots of beetroots and spinach. Both were very nice, if slightly salty. The crackling was great, but I wonder if I am getting too old for it! For desert my wife had tasty pecan pie, which came with cream, but the staff gladly replaced with ice-cream when asked, and I had the brulee which was small but delicious. The beer list is extensive with lots of craft beers, the wine list is limited and we had a devil's staircase pinot which is a bit pricey at $58, but a nice wine. There are much cheaper options. The upmarket mains are in the mid-20's to $30 range, the pizzas and burgers in the low 20's. Monday seems to be a cheap burger night. The place is very popular with the locals and I am glad we booked. Most of the locals seemed to have the pizzas. Good selection of kid's meals. Parts of the menu are very friendly to the gluten-free (such as my wife). We grabbed the lunch menu as we might well stop here when we are cycling in the area. Mainly pizzas and up-market burgers, and all day breakfasts (eggs Benedict, Florentine, big breakfast, etc) in the 15-20 range, more or less standard for the Wellington region by now. We found this restaurant significantly better than the Supply Room which we went to last week, which is in the same general region of Whitby/Plimmerton. I think ``pretty good for Whitby'' might sound damning with feint praise, but is accurate; and many Wellington suburbs could be put in the place of Whitby in this statement. We will go again, likely for lunch whilst cycling in the area, as it is a bit far from where we live for dinner.
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