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

Perking up water naturally

A new type of water, using wonky fruit and veg from British farms, Dash Water brings healthy and sustainable hydration to the fore, and we’re excited to be listing it come late October. The first of its kind in the UK, this new range of sparkling spring water is uniquely infused with fruit and veg … Continued

What soft drinks do you have?

“There’s only so many diet cokes I can drink” is something I often say when it’s my turn to be the driver. And following my research into soft drinks for our winter drinks list, it seems I’m not alone. Whether you’re a non-drinker or are the designated driver, historically your options for a drink at … 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

Enjoy a staycation in a pubs with rooms

Staycation A holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. With the British weather being so glorious this year and with five of our pubs having lovely rooms, and one boutique hotel, we are all for the staycation. All in good locations, … Continued

The Telegraph Reviews The Bear & Ragged Staff

“Take the opportunity to escape the bustle of Oxford with a stay at this comfortable pub in a village on the outskirts of town. The building dates back to the 16th century, but today it is run by foodie-centric pub group Peach Pubs.” Caroline Mills, Travel Writer. Recently Caroline Mill, a travel writer for the … Continued

A week in the life of…

Lindsey Durrant, Marketing Executive since August 2016 Lots of people are jealous of my job. ‘You get to eat in a pub, every day?’ is a comment I get a lot. Well yes! It’s a tough life isn’t it? So, I thought I’d write a blog about my pub adventures and menu choices. Monday at … Continued

Meet our asparagus grower…

The asparagus season is one that starts when the frosts are over and it is good and ready, you can never predict it. Especially this year. We get it straight from one farm which means that we can’t guarantee when it will be on our tables. I guess that’s what we get for only serving … Continued

Asparagus is on its way…

Every year, our chefs search for the freshest, most seasonal produce to bring to your plate, and with Asparagus being one of our favourite spring ingredients, we wanted to ensure we sourced the very best we could find. Our founder, Hamish, was determined to be one of the first to have this years English Asparagus, and … Continued

Say hello to Sharon…

Introducing the new General Manager of The Old Mill, Berkhamsted, Sharon Concannon… What was your first job?  I was a sauce Waitress in a Manor House local to home. How many Twitter followers do you have?   I don’t use Twitter, I’m a bit old school. How do you like your eggs in the morning?  I … Continued