La Pergola, a former pub (The Wheatsheaf) on the road to Wimpole Hall, is situated on a lonely spot south of Cambridge near to Harlton just as the hills of South Cambridgeshire start to roll upwards from the fens. Totally renovated and reopened in August 2007, the owners were obliged to keep the establishment open as a pub placing it into the unusual category of a restaurant with a pub attached, as opposed to more usual pub that does food.

The restaurant fills a cavernous barn-like structure in white plaster alongside the pub and is dominated by a wood burning pizza oven – into which diners can observe their orders being plunged and then retrieved from the inferno. Complementing this, the dining area is full of little Italian touches such as straw-based wine bottles. On our trip we marvelled at how large the restaurant seemed and at how full it was despite this.

New it may have looked but La Pergola’s menu is old-school Italian based upon the trinity of pizza, pasta and profiteroles! The de Simone family who run La Pergola hail from Sorento in Southern Italy and have been running restaurants around Cambridge for the past forty years, notably the Copper Kettle on King’s Parade. Based around the traditional Italian dining format of Primo, Secondi and Dolci it’s very easy to saunter into La Pergola and inadvertently order a full Italian feast.

Highlights include a few home-made ingredients on the menu, notably bread and sausage. The bread is delicious and dense, an ideal accompaniment to olives. The sausage, made with fennel, is quite spicy and is served on its own as a main or as a pizza topping. Given the prominence of the pizza oven no trip would be complete without trying one. The one we tried was crispy thin pan and quite delicious. On our visit the overall winner was a tasty roasted Sea Bass with an especially flavoursome skin. Watch out though for the high-powered ovens. Certain dishes carried the latent heat capacity of a volcano when deposited on our table.

Clearly a popular destination, La Pergola briefly becomes more English pub than Italian bistro on Sundays when the traditional English Sunday lunch takes over the menu for the afternoon.

A pleasant Italian restaurant in a thoroughly pleasant place La Pergola is worth a visit especially to watch pizza being made.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how La Pergola uses and protects any information that you give La Pergola when you use this website.

La Pergola is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

La Pergola may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from November 2020.

What we collect

We may collect the following information: - name and job title - contact information including email address - demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests - other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

Internal record keeping.

We may also use this information to improve our products and services.

We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.

From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you and if you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to La Pergola, 46 Cambridge Road, harlton, Cambridge CB23 1HA or email

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.