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Our Giving Tree journey continues into 2021 with our team focused challenge - Miles for Meals.

In January 2021 our team members notched up over 3,000 miles on foot, in the saddle and on fitness mats. That is the equivalent to Land's End to John O'Groats, and back... twice. 

​Inspired by our teams efforts, we are delighted to say that for every mile that a Chestnut team member walks, runs, skates, skips or cycles  – the Giving Tree will donate one meal to a local family who is struggling to put a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table.  

We have set our sites on achieving a collective 10,000 miles and will soon be firing up our stoves to begin cooking for families in need in areas local to each of our pubs, inns and restaurants. We will be working closely with our local charities and food banks to ensure meals make their way to where they are needed most. 

In the towns and villages that surround our pubs, inns and restaurants, there are over 30,000 families living in poverty. If you would like to help us in our mission  please  make a donation to the Giving Tree via the button below. We will gratefully discuss gifts in kind to support our mission too.




Valentine's is always a highlight in our hospitality calendar, we love spoiling our guests with delicious food and tempting treats, so this year we have designed a way to bring the Northgate to you! 

Profits from all Valentine's boxes sold will go to the Giving Tree, to help towards putting home cooked meals on the tables of local families who need support during the pandemic.

Each box will include bread, canapes and a delicious starter prepared by our Head Chef, Greig Young, all ready for you to heat at home. The main course and dessert will require you to don your apron and embrace your creativity. Don’t worry, with a helping hand from the chef via short videos and a step-by-step guide inside your box you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time!

You can purchase your Valentine’s Day box via the button below or by calling 01284 339604


£40 per person (meat sharing box)

£30 per person (vegetarian sharing box)

Our main collection hub will be the Northgate. The Packhorse, The Black Lion and Crown in Stoke by Nayland will also be hubs where there is demand.




The Giving Tree story began in April 2020, when we found ourselves in the grip of a pandemic, faced with a sink or swim situation - we chose to swim.  


Thanks to our incredible team and the goodwill and generosity of our local businesses and communities, we have been able to undertake a number of successful not-for-profit community projects.


The largest initiative to date was cooking, packaging and delivering over 25,000 meals to NHS Hospitals, Care Homes and Hospice's in East Anglia. A hugely worthwhile project carried out by a team of 60 Chestnut volunteers.

In October Half Term 2020 we cooked and delivered free kids school meals and at Christmas we rallied our suppliers and created special food hampers for families in need. 

For our new initiative our focus has shifted, with child poverty more prevalent due to the pandemic, our goal is to put home-cooked meals on the tables of local families in need. Read more about Miles for Meals.

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At the beginning of the pandemic we were moved and inspired by the incredible work of frontline NHS and care workers. Our team at Chestnut wanted to say thank you and help support their vital effort.

Thanks to the generosity and goodwill of our communities and local businesses, we raised £50,000 and donated over 25,000 free meals to frontline NHS workers, care workers and communities in need in our region.

Since launching the initiative, back in April 2020, we have been overwhelmed by offers of support that we received – from individuals and businesses donating to the cause, team member volunteers giving their time to help cook and deliver, suppliers who provided free food and even Volvo providing two cars to help with the delivery efforts.


Thank you to all who made this possible.