When my daughter was a young girl, I took her for a day out in the hills to see the Elizabethan Village in Bedfordale. The village had been built in the 1970s with replicas of buildings from Stratford upon Avon in England, including William Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. The Elizabethan Village was at that time a tourist attraction, and you could tour the buildings and gardens.
Fast forward 30 years and I again visited the Elizabethan Village, although now the buildings have been sold and are in private ownership. There is however a pub, now named The Last Drop, which has been brewing ale since 1992, and after a quick look at the other buildings (from the outside, as they are no longer available for public viewing) we retired there for lunch.
The pub is a very good representation of an old English pub, with low, beamed ceilings, a large open fireplace and heavy dark furniture. The bar area is not very big, but there are plenty of tables available in the shaded courtyard or on the village green in front of the pub.
We ordered drinks from the bar, there was a good selection of European style tap beers to choose from ranging from Bohemian pilsners to dark beers and ciders all brewed in their own boutique brewery. Not being a beer drinker myself, I opted for a glass of Sav Blanc. The wine list, although not huge, has a large enough selection to suit everyone’s taste.
Although there was a singer performing on the village green we decided to stay inside and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint pub. With our drinks in hand we found a table and had a look at the lunch menu. Again the lunch menu is not very extensive but has all of the usual choices that you would expect to see on a pub menu. I should also add that there are both seniors and children’s meals available. We placed our orders at the bar and the food came out quite quickly after. My husband had his usual steak sandwich, which he was very happy with, our friend had the burger which was enormous and she was unable to finish, I had the lasagna which was served with a side salad and which I would best describe as ‘pub grub’. We finished up with a cheese platter, which for the price ($16) I could not fault, and which went well with our bottle of red.
If you are planning a trip out to the Last Drop you need to be aware that it is a bit of a trek from the car park with lots of steps, although there is a driveway and there is acrod parking right outside the front door.
Last Drop Elizabethan Pub
25 Cannes Road
PH: (08) 9399 4531
HOURS: Monday – Friday. 11am -11pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-11pm
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