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Pitcher & Piano
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Pitcher & Piano
Advantages: Lovely building, good range of drinks
Disadvantages: Lacks atmosphere during the day, too loud in the evenings, a little expensive
The Pitcher and Piano is a pub set in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre.
The building itself is an attractive de-consecrated church, with tall stained glass windows, and a large old fashioned wooden door. The signage for the pub is quite subtle, leaving the building looking as regal as it did years ago, except for the small scattering of tables and chairs outside , and the small crowd of smokers huddled outside the doors.
Inside, it's a lot lighter and more modern, although there are plenty of little alcoves for groups to have an intimate drink and meal .There is a dancefloor where the altar used to be in the evenings, and the overall effect is light and bright, with the mezzanine floor bringing in a modern touch . It's a nice surrounding in which to enjoy a drink, but in the daytime I feel it lacks vibrancy, and seems rather dead.
There is a fairly wide selection of drinks, though they aren't particularly cheap and there are rarely and special offers, save for the occasional deal on cocktails. They serve a fair range of wines and cocktails, as well as spirits and bottled and draught beers, with draught beers averaging around £3.95 a pint. This is fairly expensive for Nottingham, though fairly typical of bars in the Lace Market area.
There is a food menu with a reasonable range, though there isn't anything particularly inspiring there. However, they do have a nifty little idea , where you can order three of a range of starter sized portions for £11.50 and make your own little meal that way. There are dishes for both meat eaters and vegetarians, and I must say that when I have seen food served here (I've haven't eaten here in a long time myself, I usually just visit in the daytime for a refreshing pint) the meals look fresh and well presented and the portions adequate.
The pub, during the daytime, is generally very clean and tidy. However, in the evenings it does become very busy, especially at weekends, and tables do become cluttered with glasses . It also seems to attract a rowdy, stag/hen night sort of crowd, and can become overly loud. I actually don't like it too much in the evenings.
Overall, I think the pub is OK in the daytime if you enjoy your peace and quiet, but it does rather lack atmosphere. It isn't a pub I go out of my way to visit, rather one that I'll nip into on a summers day if I'm too hot and need a cool down.
It might be good in the evenings if you like crowded, lively, noisy bars - sadly I don't, so overall this pub only gets 3 stars from me, and to be honest those are more for the lovely building in which it is housed than anything else.
Summary: Worth popping into once or twice, but not the best pub in town.