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Barrow's Weeping Willow is now part of the Chestnut Group


By Alice Ryan


This is nice news.

One of Velvet’s favourite haunts – Barrow’s Weeping Willow, famed for its fine food, drink and décor – has joined The Chestnut Group.

Already home to Moulton’s Packhorse, The Northgate in Bury and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, among others, the group has also added The Eight Bells, Saffron Walden, to its portfolio.

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weeping willow barrow (6914381)

A 16th century inn, imaginatively revamped and relaunched in 2017 by its previous owners, The Weeping Willow combines a quirky interior and glorious gardens with a huge open kitchen, known for its in-season and on-trend menu. With its oak-beamed bar and barn-style dining room, the medieval Eight Bells, loved for its locally-sourced food, is a landmark in Saffron Walden.

Founded in 2012 by Philip Turner, who quit a career in the city to launch his East Anglian hospitality business, The Chestnut Group’s aim is to “provide a unique experience” for guests and “champion hospitality in East Anglia”. We’ll raise a Weeping Willow G&T to that.

• See chestnutgroup.co.uk for more.