The Pitcher and Piano in Nottingham is inside the old Unitarian church which has been deconsecrated for the purpose of drinking
(well that seems to be the main reason).
Inside the Pitcher and Piano it is just like being in a church that sells beer. The interior appears to have been changed very little, it almost seems to be like it is just the pews that have been replaced with bar stools and tables, and that the food and drinks menu has been expanded from your basic ‘bread and wine’ offerings. It is a really quite cavernous space with high roofs, basically it is a church with a bar. I think it is quite impressive and a somewhat unique space to drink and eat in, certainly a good place to take ‘out of towners’ for something a bit different.
When I walked in it was just approaching lunchtime so I thought I would take advantage of the “Munch for Less” menu. This was supposed to be a one of their “Light, Tasty Dishes For £6 Each plus a soft drink” For some reason (still not quite sure why?) my pint of diet pepsi did not count but I could have had a pint of Grolsch within the offer. So much for looking after the designated driver or the office worker trying to keep a clear head for the afternoon meetings. Anyhow in the end I ordered up one of the ‘Cajun Chicken Wraps’ this was described on their menu as a “Pan-fried chicken breast coated in Cajun spices with crunchy leaves and sweet chilli mayo all wrapped in a toasted flour tortilla.” This came with a choice of skinny fries or salad. I think by skinny they meant thinly cut, not diet chips (which would be a selling point). On the positive notes the wrap filling was actually pretty tasty, the cajun spices were of ‘worth and there was a good hit of spice on the chicken. The sweet chilli mayo also added heat and it was all cooled down from those cold crunchy salad leaves inside the wrap. Apart from the deal offer with the coke, the other downside was the fries which were just a bit thin and sad and could have been a little crispier, mine seemed a bit limp. If I had got my drink as part of the deal then it would have been good value, but I thought that £6 for the rather small wrap was a little bit overpriced.
I did however get some really good service from my waitress, and it was nice that they had table service so that I did not have to wait at the bar to order. In many ways I quite like this particular Pitcher and Piano just for the building itself, but at the same time it is a cavernous building and when it is quiet in there, well to be honest it feels like you are eating your lunch in a church.
Located at The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN. It is really quite close to the Lace Market Tram stop, but you can walk there easily in 5 minutes from the Old Market Square as well.