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Head chef of Oakman’s new ‘jewel’ fired up for first day of service

Matt Stokes, head chef and Christine Wondracek, general manager, The Woburn

A chef at Oakman Inns pub Betsey Wynne has been given the job of heading up the kitchen at The Woburn hotel – the chain’s biggest project to date.

Matt Stokes will serve as head chef at the property after receiving a promotion following his work at the Swanbourne pub.

Betsey Wynne was the site that Oakman used to demonstrate how pubs could operate with social distancing measures in place towards the end of the first lockdown last year.

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The Woburn, which was formerly called the Woburn Hotel, is part of The Bedford Estates and has been closed for over a year.

It reopens today after Oakman took over the lease and carried out a huge refurbishment of the bar and dining areas.

Mr Stokes (pictured above with The Woburn’s general manager Christine Wondracek) outlined the venue’s food strategy as he prepared to clock on for the first shift since the public were allowed back in: “We’re open from breakfast until late, and all our dishes are all cooked from scratch. Our menu has an all-encompassing range of healthy, freshly prepared, responsibly sourced dishes, some cooked on our Josper charcoal grill, that I’m sure will please every palate and diet in the region.

“As well as our Mediterranean-inspired dishes, we are also offering some great British classics and a special kids’ menu. For our daily specials, Woburn’s venison will be a regular feature.”

As well as preparing a wide-ranging dishes cooked to order throughout the day, The Woburn’s brigade of chefs will be serving a traditional afternoon tea with a choice of home-made cakes and loose teas specially blended by local tea connoisseurs Two Spoons Tea.

The 48 luxury bedrooms together with seven cottages within the large courtyard have helped to create 60 new local jobs.

Oakman Group CEO, Dermot King, said: “I think The Woburn could easily become the jewel in the Oakman Group’s portfolio of historic pubs and hotels. Our design and management teams have worked tirelessly on this initial refurbishment so that we could open this week, in time for the summer.”

Oakman bags prestigious hotel that has been closed since last year

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