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Nottinghamshire by Simon Cleaves (2013)

Email Simon on: simon@bowlesassociates.com

 

Nottingham (Trent Bridge)

 

The city centre has got masses of options depending what you’re looking for. My personal favourite
is the Pitcher & Piano – a converted church - on the edge of the Lace Market.
 
Restaurants - Hart’s in the city centre is very good, or there’s World Service (oriental) and Sat
Bains (expensive). You’ll find just about every type of food you could ask for in the City Centre.
  
Cinemas/theatres/concert halls/live music/nightclubs, etc. - The Cornerhouse has a 12 screen cinema,
or the Broadway and Screen Room will show more independent films. Nottingham Arena has musicals, shows,
comedy and concerts. Stand-up comedy at Cabaret and Jongleurs. Live music at Rock City. Theatre Royal
and The Nottingham Playhouse are the two main theatres in town.
 
Local sights worth seeing on a rainy day/summers night? - You’ve got the Galleries of Justice,
Nottingham Castle.
 
Nearby golf courses - Ruddington Grange is very popular, while the Nottinghamshire at Cotgrave offers
good value.
 
Swimming pools/gyms, etc. - Rushcliffe Leisure Centre is less than 10 minutes drive from the ground
if you want to have a swim. If you’re a member of David Lloyd’s there’s a gym 10 minutes away off
Loughborough Road and a Roko on Wilford Lane.
  
Hotels - The Lace Market Hotel on High Pavement in the city centre is a little quirky but at the higher
end of the market. 0115 852 3232. The Premier Travel Inn on London Road will give you everything you need
and is 10 minutes walk from the ground. £55 a night. 0870 990 6574. "The Gallery" in Bridgford Road (B&B)
was run by Don Masson, the former Derby County, QPR and Scotland footballer (0115 981 3651) - recommended
by William Powell but the footballer has moved out of town to start another guest house.
 
Nearest place to buy newspapers/batteries etc. - The small Co-op on Bridgford Road will have everything
you need in terms of newspapers, batteries etc.
 
Food/drink arrangements in box - If you’ve got your press pass you get a free hot lunch and tea and coffee
all day. Food is very good, with a good selection of freshly cooked dishes every day.
  
Local boozers - Depends how far you want to go. On the ground you have the Larwood and Voce or the Trent
Bridge Inn (TBI) or the Squash Club bar. Just before the bridge there’s a sports bar called the Southbank,
or you can head into West Bridgford to the Stratford Haven or the Test Match. On Radcliffe Road there’s a
wine bar called Amici. If anyone has any special recommendations please get in touch.
 
Local sandwich bars/delis/supermarkets - A few to choose from: Musters Road has a cheap and cheerful sandwich
bar called Mrs Bunns. If you want to wander into West Bridgford, you’ll find Bar Des Amis and a nice but
expensive deli called No 8 a little bit further on. There are two Co-op’s – a small one next to the ground
and a big supermarket down Bridgford Road just before you reach the shops.
 
Roger Marshall has stepped up to become Notts CCC First XI Scorer - extremely helpful and will often provide
brief descriptions of wickets if you've missed it. He also has a team of support staff who might pick up the
phone - and might be more able to help immediately. Call him from the press box on 245 on the internal phone.
Alternatively, OPTA's statistician Michael is now based in the box and can provide details on 100s etc.
 
PR Contacts are: Michael Temple (07500 125987) or Chris Botherway (07866 199224). One or other is usually
in the box and you'll need to get in touch with them to get your lunch voucher.
 
Telecom arrangements in box: Phone point with every seat but you'll need to arrange a line directly with BT
(I would suggest that using a mobile would be quicker and easier). There's free wi-fi throughout the ground
in theory, but stick to the press box for best reception. Bandwidth and speed can take a big hit on busy days,
such as internationals, so please be patient. Power sockets are connected to every seat.
 
Car parking arrangements – We have spaces allocated in the TBI car park. If you’ve got an ECB pass then you’ve
got no problem. For those without, contact Michael Temple at the ground and he can organise a press pass which
includes a parking space.
 
Description of box - Regarded as one of the best in the country. On the first floor of the Radcliffe Road Centre.
Great views of the action, air con, TV and the restaurant just behind it. In 2010 the press box was refurbished
with new tables, chairs, carpeting and of course a lick of white paint.
 
Name and number of PA contact/local paper contact - That would be me. Mobile: 07984 646024.
 
Heat/cold/light/environmental - We’ve got air con but it can get a little bit hot if the sun’s out all day. The
front row of seats gets a lot of glare in the sun. There are windows at either side of the box if you want fresh
air or to hear a bit of the match atmosphere.
  
Perennial problems - The public address system can be overpowering. You do get useful info like details of a batsman’s
50 or 100 but also a lot of unnecessary and loud announcements. Sadly, there’s no way to turn the volume down. Secure
wireless access available via "wlan1".
 
The Cricket Writers' Club archive is situated in a cabient in the Press Box, together with a number of pictures and the
club honours board which was previously sited at Lord's in the former Warner Stand Press Box. These are now back in place

after the room was refurbished ahead of the Test Match in 2010 and those wishing to view anything inside the cabient 

closer should speak to William Powell (cricketmedia@aol.com). 
 
Trent Bridge is on the south side of the River Trent in West Bridgford. You can come in on the A52 through Radcliffe
or from the A453. Public transport from station - There’s plenty of taxis at the train station, although if you’re
feeling fit and it’s a nice day you could walk to the ground in 15 minutes. Turn left out of the station, take the
first left and carry on to the main road. Turn right on what is London Road, keep going, cross the Trent and the
ground is on your left.