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The Last Drop

Client
Mitchell’s & Butlers
Location
Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Value
£60,000
Timescale
Two weeks

Challenge

Get in, get the job done and get out! That’s what you have to do when asked to refurbish a haunted howff. Pacific were required to carry out a substantial makeover of one of Edinburgh’s many historic pubs, or howffs, as they are known in the capital. The bar in question is The Last Drop, which has a macabre history and is reputedly haunted by a young girl in medieval clothing.

One of the key considerations was that the pub, which is situated in the city’s historic Grassmarket, is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. Therefore, disruption to trade had to be kept to a minimum. Also, The Last Drop is part of the huge Mitchells Butlers stable, whose brand names all operate in the middle to upper markets, requiring consistent standards of quality and style.

Approach

Liaison with sub-contractors was key as Pacific drew on their vast experience of delivering to a very tight deadline and to budget. The bar had to close during the refurbishment but Pacific managed to ensure that this was restricted to just two weeks. Works were exterior and interior and involved a new kitchen, toilets, screens, flooring, decoration and lighting.

Results

Pacific’s attention to detail and professionalism allowed The Last Drop to retain its historic character and quirky charm. It reopened at the start of September 2014 and is continuing to attract locals and tourists in their hordes with its eclectic mix of real ales, whiskies and renowned food – apparently the haggis, neeps and tatties are unbeatable!

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