Oriole at Lime Tree Café now under new management

Monday 6th March 2023

Oriole at Lime Tree Café now under new management

The Club is pleased to welcome new owners of Oriole at Lime Tree Café, Abbi Stirling & Danny Staples, to the Kent Cricket family at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

The duo has taken over the reins of Oriole from Catherine Manney & have told the Club that they are excited to get started ahead of the new cricket season.


Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener is against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May 2023 – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.


Abbi & Danny both hail from the Canterbury area & have experience in the local hospitality sector. Both are aiming to grow Oriole across the Summer & going into the new season.

“It’s such a great location for people to come and enjoy food and drink”, Abbi says. “We’d like to thank Catherine for her hard work in establishing Oriole at the heart of the local community in the South of Canterbury, and for helping us get started as new owners.”

“Whilst our opening hours will remain unchanged for now, we’ll be looking to expand these as we head into the summer, and we’re already working on a bigger brunch and lunch offering at Oriole that hopefully we’ll be launching soon.”

Danny, who played cricket recreationally in Sussex, is also hoping that Oriole’s location can also serve as a multi-use venue going forward: “We’d love to utilise the space here more,” he says. “We’d love to see people use Oriole for small event hire and also support local pop-ups and businesses against the backdrop of The Spitfire Ground.

“Both of us are really looking forward to meeting all of Kent Cricket’s Members and supporters across the coming cricket season, as well as the local residents that visit Oriole when Kent aren’t playing. In the near future, we’re looking to open up on Saturdays as well as on weekdays from 08:30 – 15:00.

“We’re really pleased to have the lovely staff here all stay on board with us as we look ahead to the rest of 2023 and beyond – come and say hello!”

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Tickets for all matches at Kent Cricket in the 2023 season, including the Vitality Blast, One-Day Cup & LV= Insurance County Championship are on sale now:

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