THE ORIGINS - IN A NUTSHELL


In 2013 Chestnut was small, with big ambition, to showcase East Anglia as a vastly under-rated and undiscovered region. The vision was and remains to create accessible, welcoming and unique environments for our guests, all with their own character and soul. We want our team to be proud of where they work and the region they represent.




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Despite our continued growth Chestnut still remains “small” but with bigger ambition. We have been able to bring in new expertise, new energy and new talent. We have established our charitable foundation, The Giving Tree to formalise work in the community and harness our efforts in sustainability and the welfare of our people. Our footprint will continue to extend as we see opportunity. Whilst we continue to acquire and build new businesses, we are also learning more about our guests, ensuring we continue to refine our offering and be relevant.


The integrity of Chestnut is our vision – holding onto that is critical. Reminding our teams, new and old, that guests are faced with choice – and we need to earn every visit.


Our founder and owner, Philip Turner, grew up not far from Diss, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border.


'I didn't feel as though anybody from a hospitality perspective was doing something to make the region proud and that was really why we started Chestnut.' - Philip Turner



Warm, friendly and welcoming - this is what we strive for with our pubs and how they should make you feel when visiting or planning a special occasion with us. As Philip agrees, 'The one constant factor that you'll find through all of our pubs is the experience that we want to be able to provide our guests with, and that should create memories that they can take away with them about the region.' It's this real love and passion for East Anglia that has propelled the Chestnut over the past 9 years and continues to fuel our future growth as we look to 2022 and beyond.


If you are new to our Chestnut story, take a look around to find out more information about our people, provenance and place.