Here at The Carpenters Arms, we are delighted to announce that we have a new management team in place.
Joining us from this summer are the lovely Joal Tauri and Vicky Jordan who come to us all the way from New Zealand (well, who wouldn’t travel all that way to our fantastic pub here in the idyllic setting of Limpsfield Chart!).
Both Joal and Vicky bring with them a wealth of experience, working in some of NZ’s top restaurants and bars, which is how the couple first met. Now, however, keen to spread their wings and enjoy a change of scenery, they have left the beaches of the country’s north island for the scenic countryside of east Surrey.
“It has certainly been a big change for us!” laughs Vicky, who hails originally from Chester in the northwest of England. “But we absolutely love it here already. We are surrounded by such beautiful countryside, most of which is owned by the National Trust, and we can’t wait to start exploring.”
Joal, a native New Zealander, agrees, adding: “What has struck me is how friendly everyone is in this part of the world. It’s such a lovely community and we’re already starting to get to know a few of the locals. There’s a really friendly vibe here.”
Although the couple are still getting their feet under the table for now, they already have some exciting ideas for this much-loved country inn. Dating back to the 1800s, the pub has long been a destination for dog-walkers, ramblers and cyclists, as well as loyal locals, but the pair are keen to see lots more people enjoying the fantastic fare on offer.
“We’ll be building on the great work of the team, by keeping the lovely, traditional classics for which the pub is known, but adding a few different dishes with a twist,” continues Vicky. Nodding in agreement, Joal adds: “We’re keen to develop the great range of local produce on the menu too – so watch this space!”
The couple are also planning to utilise the pub’s beautiful garden room more, extending the dining area into that space to make the most of the lovely views over the local countryside. In addition, they are keen to start hosting tasting nights, pairing delicious dishes with drinks from the carefully-curated international wine list, as well as seasonal food-led events to coincide with Halloween, Fireworks Night and St Patrick’s Day.
One thing they won’t need to spend too much time thinking about though is the beer. Featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the last four years, the pub is renowned for its range of ales and lagers from the award-winning Westerham Brewery, including Finchcocks, Summer Perle, British Bulldog and 1965.