The Giant Peach

Our blog about all things peachy


Say Hello to Scott…

Scott Oakley is our new General Manager of The Black Horse in Woburn, he joined us at the start of December (just in time for Christmas). Now it’s settled down a bit, we got to know Scott better. What was your first job in the industry? I worked at Pizza Hut. Why did you get … Continued

Say hello to Tom…

Meet Tom, the General Manager at The Chequers in Eversley. What was your first job in the industry? A glass collector / bar back at Baroosh in Hertford when I was 16. Why did you get into the hospitality industry? My mum went for lunch with some friends (at Baroosh) and when she came back … Continued

What Makes a Great Head Chef

We’re always recruiting for good, decent Chefs, and joining us could be the perfect start to your 2019. We have 20 food-led pubs, and it takes a lot of talent to get great food at pace over our passes every day, which got me thinking, what does it take to be a good Peach chef? … Continued

Make your life Peachy in 2019

Why Peach Pubs could be the perfect fresh start for your career in 2019 As the New Year approaches, it’s  the perfect time to reflect on what you achieved throughout the last 12  months, and think about making the big decision as to whether it’s now the right time to move on. Whether you’re looking … Continued

Going Pescetarian

After a busy 2017 focusing on my wedding in October, I have to admit, I was daunted by 2018. What was I going to do with all the time I had previously dedicated to wedmin? So, in December last year, to combat the wedding blues, I set myself monthly challenges for 2018. From skiing to … Continued

Peach take Barcelona – Summerhouse 2018

2018 has been a year all about the people for Peach, so a trip with all the General Managers, Head Chefs, Support Team and a few lucky Golden Envelope winners to Barcelona at the end of the Summer was perfect example of just that – celebrating the people. We’ve been on a few trips together … Continued

A day in the life of an Ultimate Head Chef

Ever wondered what a day in whites would entail? I caught up with Acorn award-winning, Ultimate Head Chef, and brother, James Durrant to find out what he gets up to in a day’s work. My wife, Fern, and I always by walking our dog Dylan. It’s the best way to start the day and a … Continued

Say hello to Lianne…

Introducing the new General Manager of The Swan, Salford –  Lianne Sargent… What was your first job in the industry? Glass collector, age 5 in my Dad’s pub! Why did you get into the hospitality industry? Both my parents ran pubs so you could say I was born into it. My Mum, brother and I lived above … Continued

The Peach Lifers

People make all the difference in our pubs and we work hard to make our team feel just as much at home as our guests. So much so, many have been with us for over 10 years –  the Peach lifers! We caught up with some of them recently to share their highlights.  Felicity Newsome … Continued

Head Chef James Durrant – Acorn Winner and Ultimate

“The other day, as I was driving back from attending my first meeting as a newly-appointed Ultimate Head Chef, I was thinking what an incredible four years it’s been at Peach. Four years when I’d been given the chance to climb the career ladder, run my own kitchen, open a new Peach pub and supported to … Continued