The Last Drop, a British-style pub serves up an excellent rosemary scented braised lamb shank.
REVELSTOKE, BC — I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you can't ski British Columbia's Revelstoke Mountain Resort from morning to night. You just can't. I know it would be nice to take a few days at Revy and do nothing but shred champagne, but the fact is you have to take some time for necessities like sleeping and eating. It's annoying, yes, but there's no getting around it. Showers are a good idea, too, if you can squeeze them in.
So if you're planning on grabbing some sustenance in Revelstoke, there are a couple of places that you should know about.
If you're in the market for a British Pub-style atmosphere, make you're way to The Last Drop, located in the Powder Springs Inn. It's a pub where you'll get to know your bartender, he'll know you by name, he'll know you by your drink. You don't ever have to know if your friends are there or not, because you know when you walk in, you'll know somebody. Or somebody will know you.
"People love the atmosphere, the food, and the great team that works for us," said Emma Kirkland, the general manager and owner. "We have great pub food, but we also have lamb shanks and steaks and stuffed chicken. We've got a bit of everything."
If you're going to pick one night of the week to huddle into a booth or saddle up next to The Last Drop's fireplace, then make it a Wednesday, when it's open mic night. "It's the biggest night in Revelstoke. There'll be a couple hundred people in here, and everyone just has a great time."
Although Kirkland recommends the Fish and Chips, Smokehouse Burger, or Stuffed Chicken with Apricot, I'm going to have to demand you try the Steak Sandwich, which is nestled in between two pieces of garlic pita and a bounty of fresh, old-style hand cut friends. If there's a better steak sandwich out there, I'll eat my shirt.
Children are welcome until 9 p.m. every day.
When you've done the pub thing and are looking for an experience a little more upscale and modern, head to the Woolsey Creek Cafe. This non-traditional restaurant is famous for its worldly cuisine and inviting decor.
Succulent wild salmon with roasted chipotle yams is just one of the dishes you can enjoy at Revelstoke's Woolsey Creek Cafe.
"It's hard to categorize what's produced in the kitchen here," said Jeff Mitchell, a bartender at the Woolsey. "We dabble in everything from curries, to B.C. salmon, to nachos, to jambalaya. It's such a broad spectrum of food that it's hard to narrow the menu down. It's why we call it 'world cuisine.'"
I took Mitchell's advice and ordered the Wild Salmon, which came with roasted chipotle yams, asparagus, marinated red onions, candied pecans, with a poppyseed vinaigrette. It was perfectly cooked and beautifully arranged. I'd recommend it, but the Duck Confit and Jambalaya at my table looked damn good at the same time. Based on the smiles and moans of my dinner mates, you really can't go wrong either way.
And as far as drinks go, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you left Revy without trying a beer from the local Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. The Woolsey has both beers on tap—the High Country Kolsch and the Tall Timber Ale—one light, one dark, both delicious.
A great atmosphere, a comfortable setting, a hookah in one window and a disco ball in another. You'll love the comfy leather chairs and the showcased local art, as well. The Woolsey is a great place to settle in and enjoy one another's company.
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