October 17, 2014

The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester has opened for business, just six months after being acquired by Chestnut Inns and almost a year to the day since owner Philip Turner opened the very first Chestnut Inns pub – The Packhorse Inn, Moulton near Newmarket.


The Grantchester pub has been totally renovated and revitalised to reflect the Chestnut Inns’ operating ethos – locally sourced food, great service and a traditional role at the heart of the community. The company is passionate about retaining the heritage and traditions of the countryside pub, whilst striving to provide great food and stylish interiors.


Selected for its great location in Grantchester, with its rural, historic and literary links and yet within walking distance of central Cambridge, the revitalised site features an open plan kitchen, a newly established conservatory dining room, an extensive bar area and an upper floor private dining “Club Room” with access to roof terraces. The gardens overlooking the Grantchester Meadows and the footpath to Cambridge will be restored for next spring.


The Rupert Brooke has been greatly assisted in the re-launch by the established team at its sister pub The Packhorse Inn. The décor has benefitted from the creative eye of the owners’ wife Amanda, who really appreciates the Cambridge market from the days when she used to have her own shoe shop in the town, Amanda Green Shoes. Amanda has created an urban “Edwardian” ambience with oak flooring, a copper-topped bar, decadent chocolate coloured sofas and several pieces of taxidermy including what is evolving as the Chestnut Inns’ “must have” accessory – a boar’s head. The menu reflects Executive Chef Chris Lee’s signature pub classics but with a modern twist such as game shepherd’s pie with smoked potato; warm chicken Caesar salad with anchovy & bacon and braised collar of ham served with duck’s egg and chips. Customers can expect subtle flavours, complementary textures and dish combinations that have long been associated with The Packhorse’s 3AA Rosette chef. The Bar is well stocked with a wide selection of fine wines, real ales and keg beers.


Owner Philip Turner is in a confident mood for this second opening:

“It has been the most amazing year for Chestnut Inn and its first business The Packhorse Inn. In the last couple of months we’ve won “Best Food Pub” for the East in The Great British Pub Awards; The Sunday Times highlighted us as one of 10 pubs or “boutique boozers” in its Ultimate 100 British hotels feature; Sawday’s named us one of its three “Favourite Newcomers” and to top it all, The Packhorse Inn was awarded 3AA Rosettes – putting us in the top 3 restaurants for Cambridgeshire and Suffolk according to the AA. To open our second business The Rupert Brooke on such a wave of success is really exciting. Of course it is going to be different to The Packhorse Inn but we have high expectations that it will prove a winner to both locals and visitors to Grantchester.”


The Rupert Brooke opened on Thursday 16th October.

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