Suffolk-based hospitality company The Chestnut Group to open its latest pub on Friday, March 24

The Blackbirds Inn at Woodditton.

The Blackbirds Inn at Woodditton. - Credit: Archant

The Blackbirds Inn at Woodditton near Newmarket, formerly known as the Three Blackbirds, was acquired by Chestnut last September.

It is being reopened in good time for next month’s start of the new season at the headquarters of British flat racing.

It increases Chestnut’s presence in the Newmarket area, joining the Packhorse Inn at Moulton (previously known as the King’s Head) which was the first site acquired by the group in 2012.

Since then, it has also acquired the Rupert Brooke at Grantchester, near Cambridge, and boutique hotel The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds (formerly known as Ounce House), and also runs the White Horse at Easton, near Woodbridge.

The Blackbirds is described as offering “relaxed, casual dining”, with a menu based around “pub classics”, a large range of chargrilled specialities and freshly baked pizzas from a new stone baked pizza oven.


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The property was acquired with planning consent for nine-bedroom accommodation to cater for visitors and tourists.

The Chestnut Group last year completed an equity raise in excess of £2.5m to continue its expansion plans.

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