Given ‘er since 2015, Chef Chris Whittaker’s TIMBER (1300 Robson Street) has a menu that reads like a roadmap of Canadian comfort food. Looking for a place to grab a mug of local craft beer and a bison burger while you curse the hockey refs on TV? This is the joint for you.

Recently, we caught up with restaurant manager (and recent BC Restaurant Hall Of Fame inductee!) Margot Baloro to learn more about what inspires the TIMBER team.

What do West Enders need to know about Timber?

Timber is a local neighbourhood joint. You can come and drink a cold pint of local craft beer, eat locally sourced, sustainable comfort food and watch the game on one of our 10 TVs. What do we mean by Canadian comfort food? We’re talking poutine, bison burgers, perogies, and brown butter tarts with rye ice cream… Need we say more??

Where did the name come from?

It’s Chef Chris Whittaker’s way of paying homage to British Columbia’s rich timber history and the tough people who built this ‘True North, strong and free’, one two-by-four at a time.

What do you love most about being a part of the West End's business community?

For a lot of our staff the West End is home. We’re connected to our community here, and love to support it whenever we can. There’s a lot of opportunity to show our pride in this community.

Anything exciting planned for Timber in the coming months?

We’re planning a big party on July 1 to celebrate Canada 150. Watch for details on all of that to be announced very soon!

If you want to celebrate in Canadian style, put on your plaid and book a TIMBER Long Table Canadian Supper. You can book one any day of the year (unless someone booked it before you). It includes a family-style meal, a selfie photo booth, cribbage boards and s’mores… Right in the heart of the West End!

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Photography: Alison Boulier