The Barrel Drop

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Address : 7 Hurt’s Yard, Nottingham, NG1 6JD.

The term “cask ale” doesn’t come much truer than in this place, where the beers are dispensed straight from the barrel. It’s like a mini beer festival, tucked away on an alleyway between Parliament Street and Angel Row.

This micro pub occupies a former shop unit (though nobody seems to recall what it sold), arranged around a curious u-shape which houses two tiny toilets.

At any one time you can expect up to six real ales, along with a couple of craft beers and ciders. Despite sticking firmly to traditon, bar bills are racked up on an iPad, just to remind you which century your living in.

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Music? If it’s on the owner’s ipad you could ask for a request.

Food? Nuts. Very nice ones at that.

Customers? Usually large and sometimes loud. Occasional visits from the Campaign for Real Ale bloke making notes on tiny sheets of paper.

Opinion? Well worth a diversion off the torrid and turgid row of crap bars on Parliament Street. “Cosy” is a key word, as is “early” – dare to get here much after 10pm and you may find last orders being called.

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