Chestnut, East Anglia’s fastest-growing hospitality company, has announced the purchase of The Old Bridge in Huntingdon. 

The iconic inn, which has been owned and run by John and Julia Hoskins since 1994, has been one of the area’s leading hospitality destinations for over 50 years, offering 24 boutique bedrooms within a relaxed and busy coaching inn.  

The Old Bridge sits on the banks of The River Great Ouse, expanding the group’s footprint further to the West and brings the Chestnut brand closer to many of its existing guests. 

Founder and managing director of Chestnut, Philip Turner, said: “It’s a real honour to be buying The Old Bridge, a place with a strong reputation that has set standards for hospitality over the last five decades. 

“Thanks to the hard work, love and attention John and Julia have put into The Old Bridge we don’t plan on changing a winning formula.

“The team and the ambience of the building already have a strong ‘Chestnut’ feel, so we know our values and approach are consistent.  

“As always, over time we will bring in new investment, ideas and energy to grow the business in line with our Chestnut ambitions, in the meantime the obvious passion and expertise of The Old Bridge team will ensure a seamless transition.” 

Commenting on the purchase, John Hoskins said: “I cannot imagine an organisation better suited to maintain the spirit and success of The Old Bridge than Chestnut.  

“Meeting Philip and his team has reassured me that they are the right people to whom we should pass on this much-loved institution, which we have been privileged to run for so long. The future looks very bright for both our team and our guests!” 

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