The Giant Peach

Our blog about all things peachy


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

The Bear & Ragged Staff joins the fold…

Thursday 8th March saw the opening of our 19th pub, The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor. Despite the best efforts of the weather to thwart us, the works were completed just in time for our official re-opening, attended by locals and guests who had travelled from across the county as well as from a … Continued

We transformed six lives a week with clean water in 2017

As a group, we focus a lot on helping the community, both here at home, and overseas with The Peach Foundation. This is why for over six years, the only bottled water we have sold in our pubs has been BELU. BELU gives 100% of its profits to WaterAid, with the aim that everyone, everywhere should have access … Continued

Celebrating the Women in Peach

With International Women’s Day just yesterday and Mother’s Day this weekend, we wanted to high five the number of women we have in our teams, leading our pubs. In a male dominated industry, it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate that 9 of our 19 pubs are managed by some of the best female caterers in … Continued

Dairy (and Gluten)-free Pancakes for Pancake Day

Tomorrow is pancake day, a day of pure indulgence! This recipe is perfect for vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free guests. Using gluten-free flour, almond milk and oil gives a very similar texture and appearance to the usual counterparts! Central Chef, Trevor Blake spent this morning testing the recipe and whilst they aren’t as sturdy as the … Continued

Heroes Tour 2018

It’s Monday 22nd January – day one of the Peach Heroes Tour. Four days of celebrating 2017, looking forward to 2018 and shouting out our Peachy Heroes. Four pubs, eight Heroes sessions, 300 Peachy people enthusiastically living the Peach values and new partner Nicolette’s smiley face – what’s not to love! We have a lot … Continued

Say hello to Hannah…

Our second University College Birmingham student Hannah has been giving us a 110% at The Almanack, Kenilworth, and has dreams of owning her own food truck serving high quality food at festivals. Here’s her Peach story so far… “At the Almanack, we’re a team of 9, as it can get extremely busy in the kitchen. … Continued

Meet Emma, our UCB student

This year Peach took on three students from University College Birmingham for their 45 week work experience placement. We meet 20 year old Emma, who works at The Fishes in Oxford, and whilst she already comes with some fantastic experience under her hat, she’s proving to be a Peach Super Star! Emma’s always looking for … Continued

Meet Anthony, from Military to Peach life

Anthony Shepherd joined Peach this year as a Support Head Chef; training and strengthening our teams, stabling the ship, and bringing motivation before moving on to the next challenge. Anthony brings a ‘get the job done’ attitude to our kitchens, building confidence in the junior team and passing on managerial skills to our senior members. He’s … Continued

10 Questions with Hamish

Where did it all start for you? In 2001, I was trying to work out what to do next, having sold the family business. It was slightly scary but very exciting to start again and let life take its course. Having previously been a supplier to pubs and hotels, I decided that I wanted to … Continued