When the Wheatsheaf, Harlton closed in January 2005 many feared it would
never reopen as a pub, especially given its isolated position by the side of the
A603 (although technically in Harlton, it's a long way from that village and
actually serves the hamlet of Little Eversden). Fortunately the business was
bought by the Di Simone family who formerly ran the City Stop restaurant at
Cambridge City Football Club. It reopened in August after major refurbishment
and extension and the results are very impressive.
The bar area of the old pub has been retained but completely renovated with
just the original bar-back surviving. The bar itself has a polished granite
counter and the beautiful stone flags for the floor were imported from Italy.
Two handpumps dispense Adnams Bitter and a changing guest beer supplied
by Waverley TBS (the Di Simone's bought the pub freehold from Greene
King). Landlord Tony is very keen on his real ales but cellar conditions never
allowed him to serve them at City Stop.
A timber-clad extension is home to the 90-seater restaurant, specialising of
course in Italian food. Breakfasts and lunches are served 9.30 to 2.30
Tuesday to Sunday whilst evening meals are available Wednesday to
Sunday. The two-course Sunday lunch, at £9.90, is already very popular.
From the restaurant you can see your food being prepared in the new kitchen,
dominated by a huge wood-burning pizza oven. All the food is cooked on the
Outside are a smart patio, a large car park and a kids' play area. As you'd
expect with owners of Italian extraction, this is very much a family-oriented
pub and children are welcome in both the bar and the restaurant. It's great to
see this pub back on the map.