Jamie Oliver left ‘gutted’ as parents hand over family pub to chain company

The chef has often cited the pub as the place which first sparked his love of cooking

Updated on 16 November 2020

Jamie Oliver left ‘gutted’ as parents hand over family pub to chain company

Jamie Oliver’s parents – Trevor and Sally Oliver – have sold the country pub they have owned since the celebrity chef was a child.

The duo has sold The Cricketers, the gastro pub the pair has owned since 1976, to a chain which will no doubt plan on giving it a bit of revamp. With his parents having run the pub for 44 years, this is where Jamie grew up and has often cited it as where he first learned a love of cooking.

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The pub in Clavering dates back to the 16th century and is known for its cosy countryside vibe and a menu of comforting British classics like salmon with broccoli mased potatoes or a veggie Wellington with all the trimmings, as well as homemade pizzas. The pub also boasts a handful of rooms for overnight stays.

Announcing the move on the pub’s website, Jamie’s dad Trevor said: 'We have had an amazing time running the inn, which has been our home for the last 44 years. We brought up our children, trained and supported hundreds of staff in the hospitality sector and made many friends for life. But with a great team and strong support from our loyal customers in place we felt it was the right time to move on. So, we have taken the decision to hand over the keys to Chestnut and look forward to seeing the next phase in the life of The Cricketers.'

Chestnut runs a group of pubs, inns and restaurants across East Anglia.

A source has expressed that Jamie is ‘gutted’ about the decision his parents have made and has previously said of the pub: 'I remember being fascinated by what went on in the kitchen. It just seemed such a cool place, everyone working together to make this lovely stuff and having a laugh doing it.'

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