Italian dream for Sheffield pub and tearoom

Pesto's Neil Gatt outside the Waggon & Horses which is being transformed into an Italian restaurant
Pesto's Neil Gatt outside the Waggon & Horses which is being transformed into an Italian restaurant
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JUST when it seemed that the wheels were about to fall off the Waggon in Sheffield – along 
came a £350,000 investment to rescue it.

Months of speculation surrounding the future of the Waggon & Horses in Millhouses is at an end – thanks to a joint investment from Pesto Restaurants and Spirit Pub Company.

The venue, on Abbeydale Road South, is now being transformed into an Italian restaurant.

Set to open early next month, it is expected to create about 30 new jobs.

The historic building first started out in the catering business as far back as the 1920s, when a tearoom was added to the existing garage to serve the adjacent Millhouses Park, before 
it was later transformed into a pub.

The Waggon & Horses is now undergoing extensive remedial works ahead of a complete refurbishment.

Pesto says it is set to introduce Sheffield to a new Italian dining concept.

Called piattini, it translates to ‘small plate’.

But, despite the change of use, the popular Waggon & Horses name will be retained.

Neil Gatt, who heads up Pesto Restaurants with Sara Edwards, said: “We both hate being ripped off in restaurants which 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 with informal but efficient service in a warm, relaxed atmosphere”.

Sara said: “I find one big plate of pasta too much and a little boring once you’re halfway through it – and the same goes for big pizzas.

“With Pesto you can order five or six dishes between the two of you and enjoy a selection of different tastes in one lunch.”