The Chestnut Group has announced the acquisition of The Black Lion hotel in Long Medford, a 10 bedroom hotel, pub and restaurant – due to open autumn 2017.
The business was taken over in July with the building’s bar, restaurant and garden room undergoing extensive refurbishment to be ready for the launch in a few months time.
Work on the bedrooms will be carried out once the business is open.
Founder of the group, which started in 2012, Philip Turner said, “Our aim is for The Black Lion to be a place that locals are proud of and a destination of choice for the growing number of visitors to the area each year. We are a Suffolk-based business investing heavily across the region to showcase what East Anglia has to offer in terms of food, attractions, countryside and hospitality.”
The food offering will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and focus on ‘uncomplicated and simple British food’.
In preparation for the launch, the staff for the Black Lion have been working at other Chestnut Group sites, including The Northgate (hotel, bar and restaurant) in Bury St Edmunds, The Packhorse Inn and The Blackbirds Inn in Newmarket and The Rupert Brooke in Cambridge whilst the renovation is underway.
In addition to the current team members, the new team at The Black Lion will include the first graduate of The Chestnut Academy. The Academy was set up in 2015 to offer vocational training and a guaranteed management position for those wanting a career in hospitality.
The acquisition of the Black Lion takes the Chestnut Group portfolio to a total of six.
The Group’s first opening was the Packhorse Inn, near Newmarket, which has been awarded five stars (Silver Award) for its accommodation. The portfolio also includes The Rupert Brooke in Cambridge, and The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds, which has recently been awarded five stars (Gold Award) for its accommodation, The White Horse in Easton near Framlingham and The Blackbirds Inn near Newmarket.