Anjum Chopra has fond memories from England and for all the right reasons. In India’s out of England in 1999, the former women’s team captain, slammed her first one-day international ton. Ever since, she has had a special connect with the country. Despite travelling the length and breadth of the country, Bristol has managed to leave an impression on Anjum. “Bristol, a mesmerising city, has a lot to offer and do for the tourists. But during our playing days, we hardly got to play there. But whenever we did visit Bristol, I ensured I took some time out and explored what the city had to offer. I had visited the city a while back, so forgive me if I forget to mention a thing or two about the charm of Bristol,” Anjum confessed.
What to do in Bristol
Bristol is a city built along the Bristol Avon or River Avon in the South West England. “When I reached the Bristol Temple Meads, two Sea Gulls welcomed me at the platform with the sun setting in the background. I quickly headed to the hotel, freshened up and hit the streets. What I like about Bristol is that, it has managed to retain its old charm despite all the modernisation around it. Among other places, I would suggest the fans to visit the Observatory deck, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Cathedral, the Avon Gorge, and also visit the Old Town for that rustic allure. The Bristol Zoo is also a place you can make a stop to come face-to-face with some amazing animals,” Anjum suggested.
“The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and River Avon, links Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. I would recommended the fans to take a stroll along the sidewalks-on either side of the bridge. The bridge, that is about half-a-kilometre in length, is a Grade I-listed building. I would also advocate the fans to visit the Clifton Observatory and Caves that sits atop the Avon Gorge, offering a splendid view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol. Set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill, The Cabot Tower, a Grade II-listed building, is a 105ft tower allowing the tourists to soak in the essence of Bristol,” she added.
“Bristol also has a harbour side, which is essentially the Old Town. Corn Street, which used to be the hub of business and commerce, is now pedestrianised and home to cafés, pubs and hotels. Corn Street is also centre of action when it comes to the Old Town. As you explore the Old City, keep an eye out for the street art,” she recalled.
Where to quench your hunger
Anjum has some recommendations for the fans to try while they are at one of the English counties . “Bristol of the old and new has a lot of cafés and restaurants that offer some really good food. The cafés in St. Nicholas Market are pretty unusual—in a good way—and cool too. For some really amazing Asian cuisines, I would ask the fans to head to Tuk Tuk. The Eat Walk Talk food tour should not be given a miss. The food tour is one of the beat excuse to walk around the town and explore the culture and food. At about Rs.3, 800, the tour will make you eat at some mouth watering street food cafés and award winning restaurants along the Old City and Harbour side of Bristol,” Anjum proposed.
Where to shop
The streets of Bristol are filled with shops and shopping centres. But the one that sticks out for Anjum is the St. Nicholas Market, which was named in the top-ten markets in UK, in central Bristol. “The St. Nicholas Market is unique in a lot of ways. For starters, the market is covered from the top. With over 60 shops, the market has a large collection of independent retailers that deal with clothes to shoes to rare stones. For stamp aficionados, the market is a paradise. For people, who can handle spices, the market has a lot to choose from. The Georgian architecture of the market along with the quirky ambience and great food makes shopping at the St. Nichols, an affair to remember. There are also weekly markets such as Vegan and Wellness market (on Mondays), Street Food Market (on Tuesdays and Fridays) that are worth the visit,” the former cricketer said.
India takes on England on June 30 in Birmingham.