Address : Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
Since the late 1990s this former church (and Lace Museum) has gone through several phases. When it first opened it had the “oh wow!” factor, before descending into a terrible meat market with bad crowd control and ridiculous drinks menus (with prices to boot). At one stage a strange man lurked in the gents, forcing bad cologne and towels on punters, and somehow expecting a tip rather than a punch in the face.
But under its present guise, the Pitcher has undergone a spot of self redemption, re-introducing real ales and a pleasant terrace bar to the side. The main bar remains the mainstay of the “old” Pitcher, while the terrace bar concentrates on craft beers, good wines and cocktails. There’s also a wide ranging menu featuring classics and smaller sharing dishes.
This is certainly still a great venue to impress your friends and visitors with, but while you gaze in awe at the ecclesiastical architecture, leave yourself ten minutes to fight your way through the crowds and up the spiral staircase to the toilets. And on sunny evenings, you’ll be hard pressed to find a seat among the Prosecco-laden outdoor tables.
Music? Yes, but nowhere near as offensive as it used to be. Check out the weekly acoustic sessions.
Food? A full menu on offer all day – the tapas dishes are good for sharing, though the portions are a bit small.
Customers? Still a fair bit of flash and cash at the weekends, but the general twattery of the old days has largely vanished.
Opinion? It’s had a refurb and it seems to have been for the better. But when the barrels need changing, staff can sometimes take an age or just say “it won’t be back on”. At busy times you’ll queue – and for ages too. Needs to up its game on service.