The heat is well and truly on as The Milestone gastro pub, based in Kelham Island, Sheffield, famous for its relaxed contemporary atmosphere and homemade locally sourced food, is set to battle it out for a place in the final of ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’, Gordon Ramsay’s latest Channel 4 show, to be aired on Tuesday 9th November.
The award-winning restaurant, already crowned the winning restaurant under Ramsay’s British category, will be put under the national spotlight once again as they go head to head with Bradford based Indian Restaurant, Pradesh. The Milestone beat off fierce competition from the Michelin-starred restaurant, The West House in Kent, to earn them the place in the semi-final round.
The Milestone, which opened only three years ago, has made it past over 12,000 other restaurants to the reach the semi-finals. The owners, Matt Bigland and Marc Sheldon, have already seen a large increase in the volume of bookings and interest.
Marc comments: “Business has been booming since appearing on Ramsay’s show and we’ve had lots of new faces through the door. It is very flattering to have people come and visit from all over the UK. Despite the added attention we have received, we’ve stayed true to our business and menu philosophy. We’ve continued to offer a highly personal dining experience, combined with a menu mixed with heritage and modernity, which is reflected our innovative use of fresh, locally sourced food.”
On the back of their recent success and the increasing interest about the venue’s ethos and philosophy behind the food and recipes, The Milestone has announced that it will be launching a cookbook.
Owner Matt Bigland comments: “After much grit and determination, we are very proud to be launching our first ever cookbook at the end of November. Out just in time for Christmas, First, Catch Your Pig shares our gastronomic knowledge, the chefs’ recipes and some stunning imagery of our culinary creations, farms and our own herd of pigs.”
First, Catch Your Pig (£16.95) is out at the end of November and can be pre-ordered online at: www.the-milestone.co.uk/order.php
The Milestone which has also been featured in the Good Food Guide 2011 and The Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs 2011 recently scooped the title of Best Pub in Yorkshire at the White Rose Awards, and two Eat Sheffield Awards: Restaurant of the Year 2010 and Best Gastro Pub.