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Sheffield Restaurants News - March 2013

Pesto Secures the Future of the Waggon & Horses

Months of speculation surrounding the future of one of Sheffield's most renowned pubs is at end thanks to a £350,000 joint investment from Pesto Restaurants & Spirit Leased Pub Company.

Teams of trades people have been working round the clock to transform the Waggon & Horses on Abbeydale Road South in Millhouses into an Italian restaurant which, is set to open early next month and create 30 new jobs.

This is the biggest overhaul of the premises for decades and secures the future of a business, which has shut twice in the past year.

The historic building, which first started out in the catering business as far back as the 1920s when a tearooms was added to the existing garage to serve the adjacent Millhouses Park, is undergoing a complete refurbishment and extensive remedial works.

Pesto are set to introduce the city to a brand new Italian dining concept - 'piattini' - which simply translates to 'small plate'.

The popular Waggon & Horses name will be retained.

The company, which is the brainchild of Neil Gatt and Sara Edwards, prides itself on value for money, family friendly dining.

Pesto are looking forward to being a valued and popular part of the community.

Neil Gatt said: "We both hate being ripped off in restaurants who charge fancy prices but don't deliver fancy food and service.

"At Pesto, we aim to give our customers great value for money by producing freshly cooked food, informal but efficient service in a warm relaxed atmosphere".

Pesto has evolved out of the couple's love for Italian food, but just not in traditionally monstrous portions.

Sara Edwards said: "I just find one big plate of pasta too much and a little boring once you're half way through it - the same goes for big pizzas.

"With Pesto you can order 5 or 6 dishes between the two of you and enjoy a selection of different tastes in one lunch."

The Waggon & Horses will be the ninth Pesto restaurant to open in the country; the first was unveiled in Manchester in 2006.

The origins of the Abbeydale Road South building actually started out as a pre-19th century farmhouse. The actual date it was built is unknown.

Waggon & Horses is situated at 57, Abbeydale Road South, Millhouses.

Gusto Restaurant Added

We have added a basic listing for Gusto restaurant at 12 Norfolk Row in Sheffield city centre. Gusto serves Italian food.

Jabulani Restaurant Removed

We have removed Jabulani restaurant, formerly of 216-218 London Road from our website, as it has closed down. A new Vietnamese restaurant called Little Hanoi has opened in its place and we will add this shortly.

Kashmiri Kitchen Restaurant Added

We have added a basic listing for Kashmiri Kitchen restaurant at 617 Ecclesall Road in Sharrow Vale. Kashmiri Kitchen serves Indian food.

Mish Mash Restaurant Removed

We have removed Mish Mash restaurant, formerly of 617 Ecclesall Road in Sharrow Vale, because it has closed down permanently and been replaced by a new Indian restaurant, Kashmiri Kitchen, which we will add shortly.

Soul Cuisine Restaurant Added

We have added a complete listing for Soul Cuisine restaurant at 34-36 Worksop Road in Attercliffe. Soul Cuisine serves a mixture of African, European and English food.

Tropeiro Restaurant Added

We have added a complete listing for Tropeiro restaurant at 7 Leopold Square in Sheffield city centre. Tropeiro is a Brazilian churrascaria restaurant specialising in fire-roasted meats.

Prithi Raj Restaurant Added

We have added a complete listing for Prithi Raj restaurant at 407 Ecclesall Road in Sharrow Vale. Prithi Raj serves Bangladeshi and Indian food and is on the site of the former Ayesha's restaurant.

Complete Listing For The Maynard Hotel

We have updated the details for the Maynard Hotel on the main road in Grindleford and is now has a complete listing.

Spoon Helps St Luke's

Spoon bistro in Woodseats is supporting St. Luke's Hospice by donating £1 for each pie sold on one of their "Personal Pie Nights" throughout March, along with any additional voluntary customer donations.

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