The Giant Peach

Our blog about all things peachy


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

Meet one of our Executive Chefs…

Meet Trevor Blake, our Midlands and Oxfordshire Executive Chef! What was your first job in the industry? I worked part-time as well as doing full-time college in a west midlands hotel! I do believe it set me up with a great work ethic which you need as a chef. Why did you get into the hospitality … Continued

Meet Gemma. Both an Ultimate General Manager and Mum.

I started Peach at the Embankment on the 4th of July 2014 (I remember the day clearly because I love the film Independence Day). I was attracted to Peach because I lived in Bedford but worked in Woburn so would often visit The Embankment and The Black Horse and loved what they were doing. I was a … Continued

Say hello to Kim

Introducing Kim Whitfield, our new Project Coordinator in the Décor Team. What was your first job? An Image Processing Assistant at a photography studio. How do you like your eggs in the morning? Eggs Florentine. Describe yourself in three words. Positive, curious and proactive. Any vices? Sweet treats. I have no will power when it comes to … Continued

10 questions with Lee Cash

A restaurateur to his bones, trained and mentored by Robin Sheppard and Raymond Blanc, Lee Cash, one of our founders, started Peach at the age of 27. With a clear vision of serving quality food and drink at a sensible price, all in a fun and friendly atmosphere, he certainly is Peach personified, so we … Continued