I hadn’t been here for many years – in fact I am sure it was still the Last Drop when I was there – but with a mate from Gooseberry Hill I stopped by for a quick drink this week.
The Elizabethan style exterior hasn’t changed but inside it has seen quite a re-vamp – the bar is now a central wooden U shaped area, with a small drinking lounge to the front facing Haynes Street and behind it the dining area, and some booths down one side.
While we were not eating, I took a look at the menu – it covers the usual gamut of pub food – steak sandwiches, chicken schnitzel and parma, pulled pork burgers, fish and chips, a curry of the day – Malaysian beef when were there, pasta and risotto – the sizzling seafood in chilli and tomato sounded pretty good, so I think a return for lunch may be in order.
Beers and ciders on tap were the usual proprietary brands – Carlton Draft, VB, Pure Blond, Fat Yak, James Squire, but it was good to see Coopers Pale as well. The smallish wine list brought forth our choice, Amberley Secret Lane Cabernet Merlot.
A medium bodied drop it has plum and raspberry aromas, while the palate shows blackberry and chocolate flavours, fine tannins and some nice oak and toasty notes on the finish. It is very easy drinking and smooth wine.
The Best Drop is a very friendly and welcoming place; everyman and his dog seemed to know my drinking companion – I guess Kalamunda is a bit like a country town in that regard. Anyway, I enjoyed my brief stopover.