After six years of running an award winning restaurant in the South of France, Rick and Heather Hurley took over Carpenters Arms, a Grade II listed building on the High Street Great Wilbraham at the end of 2009.
They then set to transforming it into a gastro pub serving top French cuisine in the restaurant along with British pub favourites in the bar, and reopened for food in July 2010. As well as offering the finest French food the pub has also re-established itself in the heart of the village’s community. It still runs its bar billiards team and we now have our own on-site brewery ‘Crafty Beers’ , we always have two of our ales on tap at any one time.
The pub is close to the A14 and A11 and has large car park. It dates back to the 1640s and has been a pub since 1729. It is said to be haunted by an unknown ghost whose footsteps can be heard on the upper floor.
|Heather has worked as a chef for 30 years, winning many awards for her cooking. The couple’s restaurant in France, La Casa de la Nine, was specially recommended by the prestigious Bottin Gourmand guide with a “Coup de Coeur” for two years running – just one of 50 in France to receive this accolade. She is now bringing the same level of cooking to the Cambridge area using fresh local ingredients, including the 14 varieties of tomatoes she is currently growing in her greenhouse along with a wide selection of herbs.|