May 2024

As part of Mental Health Awareness week some of our teams played Positivity Bingo. Encouraging them to get outside, take a break from their screens and enjoy the outdoors. Highlighting to the teams the importance of looking after their well being inside and outside of work 

April 2024

In April, we celebrated Great British Asparagus 

With Chefs invited to show off their creativity, creating dishes to show off the best of the season 

With Poached Egg & Parma Ham at the Rusty to served with Lemon Sole and a Lemon Caper Butter at the Jolly 


March 2024

In March the Cheesemonger at d’Arrys Wine Bar opened 

We’re so thrilled to be working with Perry Wakeman of Rennet and Rind, as we open this new venture 

Serving artisan British Cheeses, with fantastic accompaniments, the cheesemonger has everything you need for a fantastic cheese experience

Can’t make it to the shop? You can buy cheese online via the cheesemonger website 

Popping in? Book a free 20 min cheese tasting and find your new favourite! Want to make an evening of it? Join us for a cheese tasting at d’arrys, book online today 

February 2024

Team smiling with prizes

Ahead of World Whiskey Day in March, we held a whisky competition for the Duty Managers at our training day in February 

With all sites competing the competition was fierce 

The Winners were Hayden from the Broadway and Paul from the Foresters 

All sites will be making the cocktails for World Whiskey Day on the 27th of March, make sure you pay us a visit so you don’t miss out

January 2024

Head Chef Development Day 

In January our Head Chefs got together to develop ideas for our Spring Summer Menus 

Throughout the day they were very creative, looking at seasonality, new vegetarian and vegan options and an update to our pudding menus 

Chefs smiling in a kitchen

December 2023

Christmas Jumper Day! 

The teams all around the estate got very into Christmas Jumper Day this year, Katherine from our admin team is the queen of Christmas and made sure we’re all in the festive spirit! 

November 2023

Nathan passed his apprenticeship 

We’re so proud to announce that Nathan has passed his Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship 

He’s worked incredibly hard over the past two years, learning new skills, completing coursework and his final practical 


We offer apprenticeships at all levels across the business, we currently have one housekeeper, one manager and a brewer completing apprenticeships 


Young Chef holding knife

October 2023

Kale and Damson stall showing vegetables

Suppliers Food Fayre 

In October all of our suppliers met the team at the Broadway and displayed new products that are arriving in the next few weeks and veg that is coming into season 


We had a fabulous day, tried lots of new products, keep your eyes peeled for some amazing produce coming to our menus soon 

September 2023

Team building structures with marshmallows

This month at our Duty Manager Training day the team put their structural skills to the test, to see who could build the tallest, soundest structure out of spaghetti and marshmallows, the ladies in the team pictured were ultimately the winners! (it did get alot taller!) 


All our Duty Managers gathered at the Cross Keys to talk about sustainability, how our hotels could be more eco friendly and how to run a group training session 

August 2023

Introducing our new coffee supplier! We’re so thrilled to be working with Level Ground Co, who are based in Letchworth Garden City. Harry and his team roast the coffee locally, they have a huge passion for sustainability delivering without any platsic

We’ve also got a new tea supplier, Joes Teas, come and test out the new flavours and find your new favourite 

Coffee beans in someones hand

June 2023

5 people holding props

In June the team were lucky to head into London to meet Chester from d’Arenberg while we was over from Australia 

We tasted some limited edition wines and hear stories of how Chester chooses the names for all of his wines 


May 2023

Ready for Garden Season, our Summer Spritz menu is the perfect sunshine accompaniment . 

With Rosemary & Thyme Spritz, Cucumber & Mint, Aperol and a non- alcoholic Basil Smash

April 2023

Bank Holiday Sunshine 

d’Arrys making the most of Bank Holiday Sunshine 

March 2023

National Pie Week

We celebrated National Pie Week during March, with flavours like Steak & Stilton, Cauliflower & Lentil 

February 2023

D’arrys Returns 

After some time away d’Arrys is back in Cambridge. With a renewed wine bar focus, serving delicious d’Arenburg wines – of course after our name sake d’Arry! 

We’re super excited to show off our brand new menu & refurb inside. 

January 2023

Time for a January refresh! 

Packing away the Christmas Decs, having a bit of a spring clean so we’ve got some brand new flavours on the specials board this month. Asian Duck, Watermelon, Mooli & Pea Shoot Salad, Lemon Panna cotta Tart & The Wellington January specials are pictured 

2022 Picture round up

December 2022

November 2022

In November we had our pre-Christmas GM meeting followed by a social out in London. We went to Birdies in Angel where some of us where much better at golf than others! 

October 2022

International Chefs Day 2022 

Celebrating all of our amazing chefs across the business, with so much creativity and skill we’re so proud of our kicthen teams  

Head Chefs Day Out 

Earlier in October, all of our Head Chefs got together to start thinking about our New Years Eve offers & Spring menus 

We went out for a group game of golf after, luckily we’re better at cooking than we are at golf 😉 

The Quay Street Whalers came to play at the Jolly Sailor. The band is made up of people from Orford village and the whole village gets involved 

Singing traditional sea shanties we had a full house. Take a look at our instagram for when they’re next playing 

Duty Manager Training Day 

All our duty managers got together to start to plan all the events for December & Christmas as well as run through some management training 

September 2022

Chester came to visit! 

We have a huge passion for D’arenberg wine so were obviously very excited when Chester cam over from Australia to visit

At an event very kindly hosted by Enotria at SIX in Cambridge our senior team got to spend some time with Chester, learning all about the wine making, stories behind the wine and the different grape varieties 

We’ve started to share one of the wine stories a week, take a look at our socials for this weeks wine 

August 2022

This summer we added dog ice cream to all of our menus, as you can see it’s a real hit with our four legged friends! 

August brought alot of specials competitions, from vegan starters, desserts & seafood

Rusty Gun Pig Fest

August Bank Holiday saw the Rusty Gun host their second pig race of the summer 


With plenty of races throughout the afternoon, games & fun in the sun for all of the family 


Our Kune kune pigs love running after food, chasing each other and chasing a football! 

July 2022

This July we took the keys to a brand new site – The Jolly Sailor in Orford. 

With 4 boutique bedrooms, a beautiful garden and orchard as well and an interior full of character and charm. This pub has been here since the 17th century and we’re so proud to be part of its history. 

Whether you’re visiting via the water, we’re a stone throw from the quay or escaping the countryside the Jolly Sailor is full of charm and history. Bob our Head Chef has been working hard on a fresh seasonal menu making the most of all of the wonderful produce Suffolk has to offer. 

July saw us opening with a roaring start, and once the team have found their feet we can’t wait to show you what we can do! 

June 2022

There was lots to celebrate in June! All of the pubs got behind jubilee with some super creative dessert specials, live music and tributes to the queen 

The Wellington also participated in the Welwyn Oscars where the team were nominated for an award for their free meals for school children during lockdown 

Unfortunately we didn’t win but were beaten by a worthy cause! Congrats to team Tesco! 

May 2022

Alot of things happening this month as we get ready for a busy summer season! 

We’re very proud to say The Wellington has maintained their 5 star AA rating and 1 rosette status – Congrats team! 


This month we also hosted another Masterclass. This time on Bread. Kristof the Head Chef from Stolen taught our CDP’s all about pizza dough, bread & bagels! 

April 2022

Fish Masterclass

This month our training focus for the kitchen teams was all things fish! Jack our kitchen leader taught the teams all about how to look after, prepare & cook fresh fish & shellfish. We learnt how to fillet seabass & plaice, break down a whole salmon and prepare scallops 

Keep your eyes peeled for delicious fish dishes on a specials menus near you soon 

New Summer drinks list

Our new summer drinks list has gone live! With plenty of exciting non-alcoholic options & some summer special wines

March 2022

Speed Training At The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys Team Relay Racing Ready For Outside Service. 

February 2022

Old Cannon Cook Off


Cook Off At The Old Cannon Launching Friday 18th Feb 2022.

Team Wine Tasting


Our team spent the day Wine Tasting and gaining their level 1 WSET Qualification. A massive thank you to our brilliant supplier Entoria & Co for making this happen.

Team Achievements

A huge congratulations to Kenza on being promoted to Deputy Manager at The Cross Keys.

Congratulations to our new Social Media Champions Of The Month: Laurence, Jordan, Barnaby and Kenza.

Employee Update & Training Opportunities

Thanks to Hit Training, we are now offering apprenticeships schemes across our 7 sites that some of out team are currently undertaking which are:

Lvl 4 Senior Culinary Chef, Lvl 5 Operations Manager, Lvl 4 Hospitality Supervisor, Lvl 2 Commis Chef and Lvl 4 Brewer. 

We are proud to sign up to be a disability confident committed employer.

Menu Training: Stolen Cambridge

Menu Training at Stolen Cambridge ready for their new menu launch on Wednesday 16th Feb 2022.

January 2022

Monday Morning Meeting: Food Fayre


The team had a productive Monday morning meeting by conducting some market research of the Vegan and Vegetarian options that we are thinking to introduce to our new menu change.

December 2021

Christmas Party


Ending December with a well deserved Team Christmas Party.

November 2021

Christmas Cocktails

tom cocktail
Earlier this month all our Deputy Managers got together for a Cocktail Competition! The winner - Ash from the Rusty Gun will have his cocktail added to the Winter Drinks list being launched on Monday 15th of November.

Deputies Day Out

In November all our deputes went to The Old Cannon to see how all our beers are made

Old Cannon Beer’s Ready To Be Delivered

Our Team learning all about how to pour the perfect pint

October 2021

Butchery Masterclass

In October all of our Chef De Partie’s got together for a Butchery Masterclass. Together they learnt how to trim, roll and cut all of our steaks.

Cocktail Crazy

Cranberry Daiquiri coming to the menu soon!

Cranberry Daiquiri Coming To The Menu Soon!

Laurence & his Lychee Colada

Laurence & His Lychee Colada


Aaron <3 Bloody Mary’s On A Sunday

September 2021

Head Chefs Day Out

In September our Head Chefs went on a day out around London, learning about different products and cuts of meat at Borough Market then ended the day with some competitive axe throwing. If Innventure did boybands…

General Manager Trip

This year our General Managers went to Enotria’s September Showcase as part of our day out. Ending the day (after sampling a few wines) at Flight Club – some had better aim than others!