“ 27 Colliergate, York YO1 8BN. Telephone: +44(0)1904 621951. „
Now, I'm not a real ale drinker, but I do love quality cider and it's really refreshing when you come across somewhere that sells 'proper' regional ciders rather than the mass produced commercial brands. Although I do drink the commercial brands, when I'm out and about I like trying new things and during a recent break in York (anyone sick of hearing about my trip to York yet?!) we stumbled across this lovely old fashioned looking pub which sells real ale and cider. The pub is run by York Brewery, and this is obvious as soon as you walk in with lots of posters, a display of different ales (including a gift pack of Yorkshire ales we got for a birthday present for someone), and I hardly recognised the names of any of the drinks that were on draft. The pub is quite traditional with oak beams, and is long and narrow with tables in front of the window, and also at the back of the pub near the bar. There aren't that many tables and it's not really the kind of pub to get absolutely packed with people standing so the capacity can't be that many people. We were lucky to find a table just opposite the bar (less distance to walk!) which was in the form of a barrel and was one of a few barrels along the wall with a high bench and high stools for seating. I didn't actually use the toilets during my visit (bit of a Dooyoo error there!), but the pub itself was clean and tidy and had a lovely quaint traditional feel to it. It wasn't at all tacky or full of drunk people, as the people here were here to enjoy real ale rather than get hammered. The staff were friendly and I got the impression a few of the gentlemen at the bar were locals by the way they were chatting. They didn't look at us or make us feel uncomfortable when we walked in though. There were signs in the pub saying they did food and there were various offers available for lunch or main meals. I'm not sure what time they serve food though as nobody was eating in the evening (about 8pm) so it could be either just a daytime thing or maybe they have an early evening cut-off ready for the evening drinkers. The atmosphere in this pub is delightful, there's no music, just the low noise of people chatting and enjoying themselves. Although it attracts certain types of people they welcome everyone in the same way, so you don't have to feel uncomfortable walking in here. Their policy is that they have no jukeboxes, gaming machines or children, so it is aimed at the serious drinker! Drinks wise, they had lots of real ales as you'd expect, including Yorkshire Terrior, Guzzler, Blonde and Centurion's Ghost Ale. I have never heard of these personally but they seem to be the four popular ones in this area. I noticed they also offered tasters for a small price, so you could sample each ale before deciding which one to have. I thought this was a nice touch for people not local to the area and therefore who wouldn't know the ales. They also offered 10% off to CAMRA members (the real ale society) which again I thought was a nice touch and they take their ales seriously and have pride in what they do. They offered a few bottled drinks but it was mostly on draft, and we enjoyed a lovely Stowford Press cider which is one of Henry Weston's somerset ciders. This was a nice change to the usual Bulmers or Magners we had been drinking for the majority of our break. The person we bought the gift pack for really enjoyed the ales, so I can only imagine they taste even nicer on draft. There were ramps inside the pub leading to the bar at the back and the front door was accessible with lots of space to enable someone in a wheelchair to be able to get round easily. It is not child friendly unfortunately, as per the signs dotted round the pub which I mentioned earlier.
Beer. Something that I am a fan of. Real beer -- not your poncy southern lagers. The last drop inn is a great place for beer. It is run by the York Brewery -- the only brewery within the city walls -- and serves several of their beers, and also some guest ales. Needless to say, the beer is well kept, lovely stuff. The pub is very new, and a bit 'olde english theme pub' like, with fake barrel tables, quotes on the wall, and old pictures. However, it is a great deal more pleasant than most theme pubs. It is quite narrow and long. The bar is towards the back of the pub, and beyond the bar is a small beergarden. In the front of the pub (from which you can do excellent people watching through large glass windows) are large tables and benches. Towards the back are smaller tables and stools. Although there are steps between the front of the pub and the bar, a ramp is available, and there is a disabled loo downstairs, making it a very disabled friendly pub. The main loos are upstairs, which can be a bit wobbly after a pint or two of centurian. The ciggie machine is also upstairs. Unfortunatly there isn't a no-smoking area (in fact the pub boasts of allowing smoking throughout) which is a bit of a shame. The staff in the last drop are great -- very friendly, happy to have a chat, and happy to advise you which beer to have. This is quite unusual for a city centre pub, where they often just want to get on with serving the hoardes. The pub also does food -- but I can't give you an opinion about it as I have never eaten there. In summary then -- its a nice pub, good atmosphere, good beer, and friendly. It is anti-child, but wheelchair friendly. There are no TV's, jukeboxes, or flashy games machines -- this is a great place for conversation with friends. Highly recommended. Incidentally, York Brewery have just opened their second pub, around the corner from the last drop -- its call ed the three legged mare, and I'm looking forward to visiting. And the web page for the pub is: http://www.thelastdropinn.co.uk/ although it is pretty poor!
NO JUKEBOX, no pool, no darts, no kids proudly proclaims the sign outside The Last Drop Inn, a recent addition to York’s thriving city-centre pub scene. If you are a fairly infrequent visitor to York, this pub could be new to you. It was opened last year (2000) by The York Brewery Company to provide a guaranteed outlet for their excellent beers in Colliergate, right in the heart of the city centre. The pub is light and airy and serves a full range of this excellent microbrewery’s beers. There are two themes running in the pub’s décor. One is Dick Turpin and Highwaymen with reproduction wanted posters, etc. on the walls. Dick Turpin is reputed to be buried in York city centre having been previously hanged on what is now the racecourse. The other theme is quotes – mainly alcohol related. My favourite is ‘You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.’ – Dean Martin. The quality of the beer is excellent – as you would expect from a pub run by a small brewery. As well as York Brewery beers the excellent Hoogaarten wheat beer is available on draught. The pub serves food from 11-3 Monday-Saturday, with a limited range available through to 9 p.m. Dishes range from a filled Yorkshire Pudding at £2.95 to Scotts Brewers Pie (predictably containing beer) at £5.95. On Sundays a roast dinner is served from 12-4 p.m. at £5.95. There is a wine list that consisted of three red wines and three whites. Overall, I would recommend the pub to anyone with a taste for real ale. The only criticism I have of the pub is that it has very large windows at the front, allowing anyone walking along the very busy shopping street outside to see inside the pub which might not suit everybody.