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Timber knows how to throw a party

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One of my favourite restaurants, Timber, opened last November with a soft launch and has been steadily establishing themselves as the West End’s newest “go to” gastropub ever since. They celebrated this tonight with an official opening party.

Timber is located in the Listel Hotel (right next to Forage) and is also run by Forage’s chef Chris Whittaker and team. It’s a casual spot where you can enjoy Canadian comfort foods, have great drinks and catch the hockey game. In their words it plays tribute to British Columbia’s rich timber history and the people who built this province “one two-by-four at a time.” Their menu includes tourtière, burgers, poutine… but also an amazing assortment of salads and specialties like deep fried cheese curds. All with a strong commitment to sustainability using only ethically sourced meats, sustainable seafood and local produce.

Tonight for the grand opening shindig Chef Whittaker served up 24 hour smoked bison hip from Turtle Valley Bison Ranch:

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So much flavour!! And that jus! Amazing.

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He also made apple wood smoked pulled pork using heritage pork from Urban Digs Farm, served up with cider vinegar whisky bbq sauce. This was also delicious. Ethically raised meat just tastes better.

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In addition they had an assortment of smaller passed appetizer versions of their regular menu, adorable AND tasty.

Mini bison burgers with caramelized onion, bacon, pickles, cheddar, yum!!!

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Mini game tourtières with elk meat, lard crusts and house made ketchup.

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Deep fried cheese curds! These are available on their happy hour menu – a must try when you visit.

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There were also mini steak salads on sticks which I failed (ARGH!) to get a photo of… you can see them in Fred Lee’s photo.

For dessert we had the timber bits from their dessert menu with house made nutella. I could have eaten this entire tray to myself and probably ate way more than I should have!!

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And if those weren’t enough for your sweet tooth there was a s’mores station set up outside in the backyard.

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There’s something really satisfying about roasting marshmallows in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Also, how sweet is Chef Whittaker’s kamado joe smoker? I want one.

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The drinks at Timber are carefully selected from local vendors.

Tonight Sea Cider was there serving up their gold medal winning “Rumrunner“, one of my favourite ciders.

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The bar was serving up three of the five different Timber Caesars:

  • Smokehouse – tequila, smoked sea water, IPA mustard, tabasco, Walter clamato, dehydrated ketchup rim, olive, pepperoni & chicharron
  • Pickleback – dill whisky, pickle juice, sriracha, Walter clamato, lemon pepper rim, pickles
  • Union Jack – cucumber gin, HP sauce, worcestershire, tabasco, dill, Walter clamato, celery salt rim, fresh cucumber

All of the caesars at Timber use Walter Craft Caesar Mix which uses sustainable clam juice and is Ocean Wise.

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Townsite was also there serving up a cask of their ‘Zunga’ Golden Blonde ale.


It was a packed house tonight and a great celebration of Canadian food, drink and culture.

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There was great live music by Cash Crawford.

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Oh, and the photo booth was pretty fun, Teddie and I had a good time with Terry the goose.

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If you haven’t been to Timber yet put it on your list. Great food all made using sustainably sourced ingredients, a fun casual atmosphere, friendly people, and a great location.

You also might be interested in their next supper & cask event. Chef will be cooking up a nose to tail dinner served on the long table with frosty mugs of cask beer. Follow them on social media (facebook & twitter) for updates.


Or drop in any time for lunch or dinner (no resos, sorry!)


Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00am
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00am
Sunday 10:00am – Midnight


1300 Robson Street,
Vancouver, BC

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