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 hand 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.

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Music? On a recent visit a man was playing a guitar – but he might just have been a lost busker. There’s a sound system of sorts but it’s nothing too offensive.

Food? Nuts. Very nice ones at that.

Customers? Being tucked away in Hurt’s Yard, real beer lovers seek this place out. You might occasionally see confused customers from nearby cocktail hell holes looking through the window.

Opinion? Well worth a diversion off the torrid and turgid row of crap bars on Parliament Street. “Cosy” is a key word. Though opening times (now Thursday to Saturday) are somewhat limited.

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