Pub & Bar speak to Philip Turner about 'that new Chestnut'

August 1, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that I was talking to Philip Turner about his first year at The Rupert Brooke, the second pub to enter his Chestnut Group portfolio.


Since then, two more venues have opened and there are plans afoot to build an estate of 10 pubs in the East Anglia region by the end of next year.


Turner entered the hospitality industry for the first time three years ago after 20 years in finance, purchasing the freehold of The Packhorse in Moulton. He admits that he spent more on refurbishing the property than he spent buying it, but he turned the weekly revenue around from £4,000 a week to £25,000, something that he had considered unfathomable before entering the on-trade.


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