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Anthony Gillott, Sheffield landlord

Anthony Gillott
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The popular Sheffield landlord Anthony Gillott, who has died at 76, was credited with being the first in the city to offer his customers meals with their drinks.

He came from a family of publicans and worked as a teenager at the Lord Nelson on Broad Street.

He went on to run his own pub, The Mail Coach, in what is now The Wick at Both Ends on West Street, during the late 1970s and 1980s. It was there, his son, Jonathan, noted, that he became a caterer as well as a barman.

A resident for most of his life of Manor Top, Mr Gillott also ran his own glazing firm and worked in the steel, construction and plumbing trades.

As a child, he played with Rosita Granelli-Hunt, of Sheffield’s Granelli’s ice cream dynasty, at their shop on Broad Street, and at his funeral they served ice cream to the mourners.

It was a gesture of which Mr Gillott would have approved, said Jonathan, recalling his father’s daily diet of two bottles of wine and 70 cigarettes.

“He had the most unhealthy lifestyle imaginable. He would eat the fattiest foods known to man,” Jonathan said.

A keen gardener and angler, Mr Gillott asked for his ashes to be scattered at his favourite fishing spot, Forest Lock in Nottinghamshire.