The Three Blackbirds in Woodditton is to reopen next month, after an extensive project to rebuild the property following a fire in 2018.
Owned by Chestnut, the village pub with rooms is to relaunch after the two-year restoration, with a new-look bar, restaurant and bedroom accommodation.
The Three Blackbirds will retain much of the old pub’s charm and character including original features, exposing charred beams and replacing many of the original paintings and photographs saved from the fire.
There will be 100 covers in total including the restaurant, bar, outside terrace, and private dining rooms. The Gun Room, on the first floor, will have a feature fireplace and will combine an eclectic mix of artwork, and artefacts.
The reopening will also see the launch of The Barn – with nine new bedrooms located at the back of the property.
Philip Turner, Chestnut founder says: “We are thrilled to announce The Three Blackbirds will be open again – it is time this charming and much-loved pub is set to return to the community. The launch of the fantastic bedrooms, landscaping and upstairs dining areas will breathe new life into the business. The re-build has been a huge effort from local tradespeople and the team at Chestnut – it has also been disruptive to our neighbours, for which we apologise. The Three Blackbirds team have been waiting two years to open the doors to their customers – almost there!”
Chestnut’s collection of pubs, inns and restaurants includes The Packhorse Inn in Moulton near Newmarket, The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester on the outskirts of Cambridge, The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds, The Black Lion in Long Melford, The Westleton Crown in Westleton, The Ship at Dunwich, The Eight Bells in Saffron Walden, The Weeping Willow in Barrow and The Blackbirds Inn in Woodditton.
The Weeping Willow and The Eight Bells were added to the collection in January 2019, with The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland acquired in July of the same year.