UK: The Chestnut Group has added The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich to its group of East Anglian inns.
The Ship at Dunwich is a Suffolk country pub with 16 en-suite rooms located in a historic coastal village. The Westleton Crown is a traditional Suffolk coaching inn with 34 en-suite bedrooms.
The Chestnut Group was set up in 2012 by Philip Turner, who left his career in the City to champion hospitality in East Anglia. Turner said: “It’s long been our view that the region is vastly underestimated as a destination for eating and staying despite boasting an amazing land and seascape, rich history and culture, incredible fresh produce and a wealth of sporting experiences and activities. At Chestnut our ethos is to embrace all the great elements that make up the area. Our job is to act as hosts and simply open the door to the wonderful array of experiences and ingredients that we have on our doorstep. With properties near Cambridge, Newmarket, Sudbury and in Bury St Edmunds it was a natural progression for us to look to coast so we can truly encompass all aspects of East Anglia.”Turner added, “We very much look forward to further getting to know the local community and all the nuances of each area. Our job is to bring out the best of each site and the surrounding area.”
Mark Harrod, owner of vendor Agellus Hotels, said: “We are extremely proud of all we have achieved with The Ship at Dunwich and The Westleton Crown, and now we have decided to hand the ownership over to The Chestnut Group, who very much share the same vision for the region. We look forward to working closely with them in the transition period to ensure the best outcome for our colleagues and guests. Looking to the near future, it is our plan at Agellus to use the sale of these inns to allow for further development of our properties on the Norfolk coast and Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk.”
The Chestnut Group’s properties include 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 and The Blackbirds in Woodditton, which is currently under construction.