The Carpenters Arms reopens with a vibrant new look 

Cambridgeshire pub and restaurant unveils dramatic refurbishment

The Carpenters Arms in Great Wilbraham has fully reopened following a dramatic refurbishment, increase in capacity, and the addition of bedrooms.

The 250-year old traditional village pub has been completely transformed with an impressive, glazed extension and incorporating an old stable into the building as the new open kitchen. 

Emulating another Chestnut property, The Weeping Willow – the most ‘Instagrammable’ pub in Suffolk – the restaurant will include a striking glass front that wraps itself around the rear of the pub, filling the colourful, vibrant interiors with light and air, bringing the outdoors, indoors. 

The history of the building is celebrated with exposed beams, warm oak, and open fires, paired with bold modern prints that add snapshots of colour and texture. The dining and pub experience now includes new communal tables, benches, and an open plan kitchen, all in keeping with the community feel that The Carpenters Arms is known and loved for. 

The Carpenters Arms is surrounded by a wealth of local suppliers and produce where the Head Chef, Seb Mansfield, will be creating a seasonal menu of the best modern British food that East Anglia has to offer, from breakfast through to evening meals seven days a week. 

Philip Turner, founder of Chestnut, looks forward to launching the new look business: “The Carpenters Arms is a hidden gem in one of Cambridgeshire’s best villages. Great Wilbraham is a vibrant village, and the pub is perfectly situated for the growing local community, businesses lunches and overnight accommodation, catch-ups with friends or for those who are simply spending the day exploring the historic city of Cambridge. The transformation has really breathed new life into the property and marks the exciting chapter for the team who are full of energy and looking forward to showing off the building to guests new and old.”

 Along with restoring the restaurant and pub, the four onsite bedrooms have also been newly decorated and have been thoughtfully designed to be pooch-perfect including doggy beds and treats where four legged friends are welcome.

 Chestnut, one of the UK’s fast-growing hospitality businesses, has been shortlisted for a number of national awards in the hospitality sector, including “Best Employer”.  

 Henry Fairbanks, Chief Operating Officer commented: “We are always seeking to hire new people and are delighted to be opening The Carpenters Arms on a seven-day basis. Recruitment of new team continues to be a challenge, but with the help of our awards and focus on ‘people development’ we are making good progress.”


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