We’re all familiar with the sound of last orders. It can be a sad sound because it means the night’s coming to an end. But it also signals the beginning of a race against time for customers who want one last drink, and a race to get everything closed down for bar staff! However it might make you feel, last orders bells are an essential part of British drinking traditions. So, whilst they might seem like small details, they’re important ones.
The exact history of the last orders bell isn’t totally clear. Up until 2005, restrictions dating back to wartime meant that pub hours were limited to morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. And traditionally sessions were closed with a bell ring and the announcement: “Time, gentleman please.”
Mimicking the brass plait with a hanging rope, last orders bells are inspired by ship bells, used to alert sailors and passengers of dangerous conditions, to mark certain times of day, or to announce the arrival of important officials.
Of course, these beautiful bells don’t only have to be used to signify last orders. Depending on the atmosphere of your pub, a loud ring of the bell could be incorporated into a pub quiz, birthday celebration, or even special promotions.
Like every item in the Beaumont range, our last orders bells are crafted from high-quality materials. They have a classic beauty to them and an undeniable nostalgic appeal, integral to a friendly pub atmosphere.