2019 is a big year for cricket in Bristol with ICC World Cup matches and an England v Pakistan One Day International in the diary as well as the fixtures for local team Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Lacey Trotman caught up with GCCC players Ian Cockbain and Chris Liddle ahead of the new season, to find out a bit more about what they like to get up to in Bristol when they’re not playing cricket.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Team 2019

What is your favourite spot in Bristol for food?

Ian: Me and my wife have got a few places that we go to...For Thai food we go to Koh Thai Tapas on the Triangle and then for Indian we go to Nutmeg in Clifton Village. You can’t go wrong with The Cowshed either. We’ve branched out a little bit recently, we were very much around the Clifton area but as we’ve now moved to the Harbourside we get down to Wapping Wharf more which is nice. There are some great restaurants there.

Chris: My favourite foodie thing to do in the city is head to the Foodies Festival during the summer up on The Downs. You buy your tickets and can be there for the whole weekend. We enjoy going up there and chilling, the weather’s normally nice as well and there’s a bit of music going on. There's all sorts of food – local food – so it’s nice to get up there and sample different things.

Koh Thai Tapas

Image: Koh Thai Tapas

How would you spend a rainy day in Bristol?  

Ian: It depends what you’re in to really.... Bristol Museum - I’ll have to get down their myself and look at the new Banksy. We don’t get too many days off in the summer...

Chris: Me and my wife like going to Bristol Harbour Hotel for The Jetty Restaurant or to book in for a little spa morning and some quality time together. It’s not always easy with a three-year-old running around!

Bristol Harbour Hotel Spa

Image: Bristol Harbour Hotel Spa

And how about a sunny day in the city?

Ian: Bristol Zoo is awesome! I love going to the zoo. Being from Liverpool, I’d head over to Chester Zoo as a kid – I spent a hell of a lot of time there.  

Chris: I really like going down by the Harbourside. Obviously it's lovely when the sun's out, you can sit down on the Harbour and chill. There’s always someone playing some music down there and the odd hen or stag do – it’s a really lively place.

Lemur at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Image: Bristol Zoo Gardens

If someone was coming to watch a match and had never visited Bristol before, where would you advise them to go?

Ian: As they’re here for the cricket, it’s always nice to head down Gloucester Road. It’s within walking distance and there’s plenty of bars and restaurants to show your face in. There’s such a wide variety of places; whether you want a little cocktail bar or a pub – there’s lots to offer.

Chris: Clifton Suspension Bridge. The view you get up there of the city is brilliant. Also, Clifton Village, where you can have a walk around the shops and grab a coffee. Especially if the sun’s out, it’s really relaxing, and I like that area - you get a village vibe.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Image: Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. 

Big thanks to Ian and Chris for chatting to us today!

About Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

One of the 18 first class County Cricket Clubs in the UK, Gloucestershire Cricket was established in 1870. WG Grace, one of Bristol’s most famous sons, was the first senior match captain as well as a founding member. The club’s home is based in the heart of Bristol just off the Gloucester Road – a popular spot in the city, home to the longest stretch of independent shops in the country. Recent years have seen a complete redevelopment of the ground’s facilities enabling international cricket to be played there.

This summer sees Bristol host three Cricket World Cup matches between 30 May and 14 July 2019 as well as pre-World Cup warm up matches and an England v Pakistan ODI. The city is a great base for visiting fans as it offers loads of things to do when you're not watching the cricket.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club's season kicks off at the end of this week, preview their fixtures here .

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