Last night we went out for a birthday dinner at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club to celebrate Robin’s 62nd birthday. The restaurant offers club members a free main course if they come in for a meal on their birthday. The meal was excellent. We both chose whitebait fritters as a starter, whitebait are a New Zealand delicacy. Slow cooked pork served with red cabbage for my main, and Robin chose herbed sirloin steak; we had plenty of choice with vegetables from the warmer. As it was a celebration why not have dessert to finish? Robin is a real ice-cream fan so his choice was banana split with ice-cream, and mine was lemon tart. All this was washed down with a handle of beer for Robin, and a glass of bubbly for me.
The Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club began in February 1961 when a group of people decided to build their own Club to improving local drinking facilities. Leased premises were in use 1971 when the first Club building in Logan Street was opened. This building was enlarged over the years with the final extension to the building beginning in 2002 with a new $1,500,000 lounge and offices being built. Unfortunately this was completely destroyed by fire on the morning of September 11th 2003. The fire gave the Club the opportunity to build a new purpose built building, with a floor area of 2751 square metres and the capacity of allowing 1300 people to attend at any one time. It is a busy club, with many adjuncts to cater for the interests of members.