The Chestnut Group has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of two inns in East Anglia.
The group, which was founded in 2012 by former city worker Philip Turner, has added The Weeping Willow, near Bury St Edmunds and The Eight Bells at Saffron Walden to its group of country and coastal inns.
The new acquisitions come less than a year after The Chestnut Group took over two coastal inns from Agellus Hotels, The Ship at Dunwich and Suffolk coaching inn, The Westleton Crown.
The Weeping Willow is a 16th century pub, which was restored in 2017 to create a modern country pub and kitchen.
The Eight Bells is located in the market town of Saffron Walden, offers a locally-sourced menu and an extensive drinks offering in its oak beamed bar and barn style historic dining room.
Philip Turner said: “We have known The Weeping Willow through its restoration and highly successful launch, having worked with the previous owners. It is a modern country pub and kitchen that demonstrates how old and new can be brought together to provide a unique experience for today’s guests. Saffron Walden has always been a target market for us. The Eight Bells with its historic dining room, fantastic location and local reputation is a great platform for growth through investment.”
The Chestnut’s family of inns 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 and The Blackbirds Inn in Woodditton which is currently being rebuilt following a fire.