IT OPENED nearly two years ago: a new landmark in the heart of the Kelham Island conservation area; dressed, polished and pointing in an exciting new direction for Sheffield pubs.
The Milestone bar and restaurant – once the old Ball Inn – is a monument to the city's industrial past, now enjoying a new lease of life as part of its cultural future. One of the city's first true gastro-pubs, it weathered the challenge of breaking new ground and emerged with a solid reputation and a distinctive character of its own.
That's not to say the business is unscathed. Matt Bigland, half of the founding partnership, is now on his own after his co-director returned to Canada earlier this year. Head chef Shaun Hopes too has gone his own way. But his place has been taken by sous chef Simon Ayres who is well versed in the Milestone's style.