A husband and wife team who were previously working at two luxury hotels have taken on a pub in the Cotswolds to relaunch as a stylish new foodie venue.
Tom Addy, former head chef at Stoke Park and Siobhan Addy, who was previously head waitress at five-star Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire, have acquired a Hawthorn Leisure pub, The Carpenters Arms in the Oxfordshire village of Fulbrook.
The pair have made a significant investment into the property, alongside Hawthorn Leisure, to give its interiors and kitchens a complete refresh.
They also plan to open a pop-up shop within the pub, which will see locally-sourced produce and wines and homemade stocks and sauces.
Tom plans to showcase his new menus with the launch of a ‘Feasts’ series, starting in late April.
Tom said, “We’ve had plans ever since we met to have a place of our own, and we felt that now was the time to do so. We had several different opportunities, but when we came to view The Carpenters Arms it just felt right, and we thought our style and way of doing things would suit the village as well as the pub.”
Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations, Mark McGinty said, “The Carpenters is already a popular village pub, but with top operators like Tom and Siobhan at the helm, there’s now a real point of difference.
“They have an absolute passion for delivering the highest quality food and drink at prices everyone can afford, in a very family-friendly environment, and in one of the prettiest Cotswold villages. Hawthorn Leisure wishes them well in this, their first venture, and we’ll now work to help them make this a successful, sustainable business.”