Brand new cafes coming to Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum in 2019

Dec 13 2018

We have some exciting news…

The people behind Public, the Great Gatsby and Picture House Social have teamed up with Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys to take over our cafes. Find out more in their press release below:

Public and Matt Helders team up with Museums Sheffield to launch Ambulo, an all-day cafe concept across two historic Sheffield sites. Ambulo will launch in early 2019 at Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum. Offering all-day dining, specialty coffee, wine and cocktails.

Launched in November 2017, close to Sheffield’s renowned theatre district, Public has gone on to garner national and international acclaim and received the 2018 Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Place to Drink in the UK.

Now the people behind the bar have teamed up with Arctic Monkey’s Matt Helders to form Ambulo, an all-day café concept that will launch in Millennium Gallery in early 2019, followed shortly after by a second site at Weston Park Museum.

James O’Hara, Co-founder of The Rockingham Group with James Hill, which operates Public as well as The Great Gatsby and Picture House Social in Sheffield, said: “Ambulo is something that we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a good few years, just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and we’re so happy to be able to do this by teaming up with Museums Sheffield. To be able to call Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum our new homes is very exciting.”

Matt Helders said: “Me and James (O’Hara) have been friends for a long time and we've been chatting about opening a restaurant for years. It’s great to be working with his team to bring Ambulo to life and particularly great to be doing this together in our home town. With my 'day job' I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world, it’s great to bring some of what I’ve seen and experienced back to Sheffield, I can't wait to have a place where all our friends, family and the people of the city can eat, drink and hang out"

Ambulo will be an All-Day Café – open from 8am and serving specialty coffee, fresh pressed juices, smoothies and an eclectic food menu from Public head chef Tom Aronica designed to satisfy the needs of breakfast, brunch and lunch. The daytime element will also have a keen focus on families and a nutritional kids menu is also being developed. O’Hara said: “With Ambulo it’s really important to us that it’s a place where families feel comfortable and looked after. We may have come from primarily a bar background but as with all our previous projects they really do reflect where we are at a certain time in our lives and Ambulo will be a place where we can go with our kids, nieces and nephews, family and friends to eat great food, drink great drinks, in an environment that we can all relax in. We recognise what a huge responsibility comes with being given the chance to open within these buildings that are so culturally significant to the city and we want to reflect that in all we do at Ambulo.”

The Millennium Gallery site will transition into an evening restaurant with a seasonal menu as well as a drinks selection taking in wine, beer and the cocktails associated with Public and the rest of The Rockingham Groups portfolio.

Museums Sheffield’s Chief Executive, Kim Streets said: “Our ambition is for the city’s museums and galleries to be welcoming, social spaces that are part of everyone’s lives. We want people to have an amazing experience when they come through the doors and Ambulo is going to play a really important part in that. We’re really thrilled to be welcoming James, James, Matt and the team on board.”

Follow Ambulo on all social media channels to stay up to date with news and developments.

For more information contact Ambulo:
Twitter: @weareambulo
Instagram: @weareambulo


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