07 SEP 2015


Steve Smith joins the Chestnut Group as its first Group General Manager.  Steve has over twenty years of food and beverage experience in the catering and hospitality industry, most recently as General Manager with Sodexo Prestige looking after the St Edmundsbury Collection group of five contracts.

Steve brings his broad expertise and knowledge of the hospitality sector to the growing Chestnut Group.  Steve has considerable experience in hotel and event management as well as working with Delia Smith at Norwich City Football Club for ten years before setting up his own catering and hospitality consultancy in East Anglia.


Steve is responsible for the day to day operational running of the Group’s individual businesses which are currently The Packhorse Inn in Moulton, near Newmarket; The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, Cambridge with a new site in Bury St Edmunds scheduled to open next year. He is part of a core team, based centrally and not exclusive to any one business, responsible for developing strategy, implementing change and providing practical operational support at unit level. 


Chestnut owner Philip Turner is delighted to welcome Steve to the team: “As we continue to grow at a rapid rate, pivotal to our future success is the focus on developing our people.  There is a real opportunity to position the Chestnut Group as one of the best employers regionally in this sector and Steve joining the business, is a huge step in the right direction.”

Steve is equally enthusiastic about the new role: “It is always exciting to be a “first” and in at the beginning of a business clearly going somewhere fast.  I am really looking forward to being able to bring to bear all my past experiences on this broad-ranging and central role.”

The Chestnut Group central core team also includes Philip Turner as Owner and Managing Director; David Minchin, Director responsible for Finance and Nick Bridges as Business Development Manager.



The Chestnut Group was established in May 2012 by former banker and corporate financier Philip Turner, with the vision to create a family of hostelries under the Chestnut umbrella, which defy pigeon-holing into the standard classifications of pub, hotel or restaurant, but is simply synonymous with a great experience. Key to its development strategy is identifying freehold sites in the region, which as a result of under capital investment, are not delivering their full potential. Chestnut’s' first site, The Packhorse Inn near Newmarket, opened October 2013. The second, The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, was ready for business October 2014.  http://www.chestnutinns.com/