A new Italian restaurant created at a former Derbyshire pub -thought to be one of the oldest in the county – is looking to create an outdoor pizza bar.
Pesto at the Peacock opened for business last month at the former Peacock Hotel in Oakerthorpe, near Alfreton, following a £400,000 revamp.
Earlier this year, the building, in Chesterfield Road, was taken over by independent Italian restaurant group Pesto, which has outlets across the Midlands and the North West.
The restaurant group, which has created almost 50 jobs at the venue, is known for its Italian small plates or “piattini”. This means that customers can order a selection of small dishes instead of one large main course. Dishes include pizza, pasta, bruschetta, salads and other Italian favourites – essentially an Italian version of Spanish tapas.
The former pub has been revamped both inside and out
According to the firm, the new venue has got off to a flying start – and has so far welcomed more than 8,500 people through its doors and served more than 26,000 piattini.
Russell Bennett, general manager at Pesto at The Peacock, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response from diners, both to our menu and the design of the interior, which has a completely modern look while retaining key historical features of the building.
“A number of dishes have already been established as firm favourites and we’re looking forward to welcoming more customers through our doors over the summer months – whether it be for a special occasion, light lunch or a drink while soaking up the sun on our outdoor terrace.”
Now, despite only being open for about a month, the business is already looking to enhance the customer experience, particularly for those eating outside in the former pub’s garden.
The menu at Pesto at the Peacock has proven a hit with diners
Pesto has applied to Amber Valley Borough Council to create a “pizza bar” in the beer garden. At the same time, it has also applied to create overnight accommodation at the grade-two-listed main building for staff who have to travel long distances to work at the restaurant.
According to planning documents submitted to the borough council by architects JSDesign Partnership, on behalf of Pesto, it said: “These alterations follow on from the successful redevelopment of the ground floor pub and restaurant.
“The proposed satellite ‘pizza bar’ within the beer garden provides a focal point within the area and allows for a further service point during the warm summer months, preventing the need to cross the car park entrance and be served inside.”
The internal alterations on the first floor of the property involve creating five bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main building, which is steeped in history.
The building dates back to the 11th century and is reputed to be the oldest inn in Derbyshire. Legend has it that highwayman Dick Turpin stopped off here. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it was known as Ufton Barnsand. It was rebuilt in 1613.
Source: Derby Telegraph