The Chestnut Group strengthens footprint in Suffolk with acquisition of The Crown


The Chestnut Group has acquired The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland to take its collection of inns, pubs and restaurants to ten.

Philip Turner, who founded the Group in 2012, said the takeover of the 11-bedroom property was a ‘perfect fit’ for the portfolio, with the business having recently been nominated as one of the AA’s Best Pubs in Suffolk.

The Crown has been operating for 16 years and was previously owned by Richard Sunderland who invested in expanding the kitchen and refurbishing the bedrooms during his ownership.

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The property sources local produce where possible and has a daily fish menu with five or six fresh fish or seafood dishes. There is also a wine collection of over 250 bins.

Turner says: “The Crown fits perfectly within our expanding collection of properties which seek to craft authentic experiences through engaging food and drink, home from home bedrooms and relaxing spaces sewn together with informal and warm service.”

Richard Sunderland, previous owner of The Crown commented “It has been a remarkable journey over the last 16 years, and we are extremely proud of all we have achieved with The Crown. The decision to hand the ownership over to The Chestnut Group is a natural one, we look forward to working closely with them in the transition period to ensure the best outcome for our loyal colleagues and fabulous guests.”

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.

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