The Barrel Drop

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


When it first opened, the term “cask ale” didn’t come much truer than in this place, where the beers were dispensed straight from the barrel. Now in the hands of the Magpie Brewery, the barrels have been dropped and replaced with handpulls, which means a slightly more lively pint.

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. A group larger than four people here is considered a coach party.

At times, the beers here veer rather more towards craft than cask, which means they’re stronger and more expensive. But the management are doing a good job in keeping at least a couple of traditional ales on at any one time, together with a growing selection of cider.

Music? A few background tunes, but this is a place for conversation.

Food? Basic selection of crisps and nuts to soak up the excellent beer.

People? Being tucked away in Hurt’s Yard (blink and you’ll miss is), real beer lovers make an effort to come here – and it’s well worth it.

Opinion? A true micropub in every sense of the word. There’s always something new on offer – but beware, you may find yourself waiting for a seat at busy times.

Getting here : Trent Barton Orange, Green or Blue lines to Old Market Square/Angel Row. NET Trams to Old Market Square.

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