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One of the best known pubs on Ecclesall Road re-opens on October 6 with a new name, ending a 166-year-old tradition.

The Pomona Gardens was built in 1845 and named after the Roman goddess of fruitful abundance.

It survived at No. 213 until the Fifties, when it was rebuilt to become the Pomona. That was demolished for road-widening and another opened further down the road.

Now it’s set to open as The Ecclesall after a £350,000 refurbishment creating 30 new jobs.

New features include a coffee bar open from 7am daily, all-day carvery and hot plate, televised sport, themed food nights, live music nights and the introduction of the Ecclesall Comedy Club.

Get your pinnies on for a cupcake-decorating evening at The Schoolrooms farm shop and restaurant on Mill Lee Road, Low Bradfield, tomorrow.

For £29 you get instruction from Sheffield company Hunkydory Cupcakes and eight cakes to take home, plus a CD of photos from the 6-8.30pm evening, says Schoolrooms co-owner Rachel Hague. For more details email or call 0114 2851920.

Former director general of the BBC Greg Dyke has other fine fish to fry these days...

His hotel in Mosborough last week became one of the first in the country to gain the new ‘Best Western Plus’ status from the Best Western group.

Only 10 hotels in Great Britain and 121 globally have achieved the accolade.

Hotels in this category offer bigger beds, quality bedding, bigger breakfast choices, bathrobes, etc.

Greg, pictured above, bought the 16th Century manor house and carried out a £4 million refurbishment in 2008.