Mithali Raj & Co. may have narrowly lost the 2017 Women’s World Cup final to hosts England but she has fond memories of the country. Having toured England quite a few times over her 20 years of service to Indian cricket, the women’s skipper has a soft spot for Nottingham. In an OT exclusive, Mithali tells us why Pitcher and Piano is her favourite restaurant, why the oldest pub in the city is a must-visit, and where to head to sight-see and shop in the Nottingham.
Where to eat
One of Nottingham’s earliest Unitarian churches has undergone a massive renovation. It’s been redesigned and converted to a resto bar called Pitcher and Piano. “The ambience of the place is really different from your regular hotels or restaurants. The place still has a rustic charm of the church along with some amazing food that they serve. Be it bubbles over brunch or an evening to remember, this restaurant is something I would definitely suggest the fans to visit,” Mithali says.
“The other place I would request the fans to not give a miss is the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England. Located beneath the cliff on which Nottingham’s historic castle stands, every time you visit the pub, you feel like you are eating in a cave. The pub has also survived centuries to become a treasure of the city,” she adds.
“If one would want to try the road side joints or smaller cafés, I would recommend Wagamama and Tamatanga. I also try and make it to Tamatanga to satisfy my Indian taste buds (every time she finds herself in the city) and have a full meal. If one is around the city centre, please pick up a milk shake from what Shake Away has to offer,” the right-handed batswoman says. (Read about Nottingham museums here)
What to see
“Nottingham is a city that has so much history attached to it. The city centre is bustling with life. It is a great example of how the past and present can co-exist and glorify a city. As you walk across from the city centre, you will find yourself on beautiful cobbled streets. Every time I am in Nottingham, I ensure to put on my walking shoes, walk by myself along the streets, exploring the city and make new memories in Nottingham,” Mithali explains. (Read more about the city here)
“If you have time on your hands, pack your bags and head to the Peak District near Nottingham. Just an hour away from the city, the Peak District is ideal for long hikes, cycling and offers some amazing views of the country side. You can also visit the famous Sherwood Forest. With 420 hectares of beautiful and precious woodland, you are bound to have a really good time amidst nature. The castle in Nottingham is lovely and the University of Nottingham has beautiful buildings, lakes and gardens spread across a few 100 acres. It’s one of the most beautiful University campuses I’ve seen,” she tells OT.
Where to shop
“As I don’t generally get much time while on tour, it’s more of a business trip for me, shopping is something that does not take precedence. In whatever little time I get while in Nottingham, I head to the Victoria Centre to find the answer to my shopping needs. The centre has fashion and high street chain stores along with restaurants, cafés and a health centre too. I finish my shopping grab a shake or juice and head back to my hotel,” Mithali says before signing off. (Read more about shopping here)
India will take on New Zealand in their third World Cup encounter on June 13, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.