Food & Drink
We always serve the good stuff. It’s one of our most dearly-held values. We only serve what we want to eat and drink ourselves. For 15 years we have sought out the very best food and drink suppliers – ones far more used to supplying Michelin-starred restaurants (and HM The Queen) than market town and village pubs. We’re always told we don’t make enough noise about our wonderful ingredients so here goes:
Meat – Aubrey Allen
Aubrey is catering butcher to the stars. They have supplied us since 2007 from their base in Coventry. Grass-fed dry-aged prime beef from the British Isles, free-range Blythburgh pork from Jimmy Butler, Cornish lamb and free-range chicken are all the very best quality available in Britain. As a result we pay more for our meat than most of our competitors – but you can definitely taste the difference – and we know our meat comes directly from farmers who have the highest welfare standards and respect for their animals.
Wine – Liberty, Tanners, Boutinot
We use three of the best suppliers in the business. Liberty Wines celebrated its 20th birthday in June and has supplied Peach for 10 of these. MD David Gleave is one of the most influential people in the wine trade and Liberty has won many awards at all the big competitions, particularly for its New World and Italian ranges, which are simply the best in the business.
Tanners of Shrewsbury is another independent family business – since 1842. Less well-known outside the Midlands, they have long relationships with many quality producers and also pick up many awards. This year they have won Large Independent Supplier of the year at the International Wine Challenge. Their 16th century cellars in Shrewsbury have to be seen to be believed. We have worked together for 14 years and counting.
Boutinot Wines originated in Stockport as an importer of French wines. Now it makes, as well as sells, wines with domaines in the Rhone Valley, Italy and South Africa. Focused on great drinkability, it has a fantastic range of wines for drinking over the bar.
Coffee – Union Hand-Roasted
Pubs make great coffee shops if the quality of the coffee and training are right. We have worked with premium supplier, Union Hand-Roasted, since their early days. Their coffee is superlative and ethically spot-on – they were the first foreign buyers to return to Rwanda after the genocide. They are also fanatical about training our teams and our barista scores are consistently impressive.
Ice Cream – Jude’s
Our chefs can’t get enough of Jude’s scoops. They have 40 Great Taste Awards to their name because of their top-quality, natural ingredients – their milk comes from Matterley Farm, just four miles down the road from their barn and the sea salt in their salted caramel flavour (one of our best sellers) comes from Maldon in Essex – the same salt we use in all of our kitchens. Jude’s is the sort of family business which is close to our heart, their values are much like ours as is their ambition and zest for fun.
Charcuterie – Capreolus Fine Foods
Quality and provenance are of the utmost importance to David Richards and his team at Capreolus, our multi-award winning, family-owned artisan charcuterie producer in West Dorset. Deriving its name from the Latin for Roe deer, David puts a much higher value on animal husbandry than on whether it carries an ‘organic’ label (technically wild deer cannot be labelled as organic as there’s no control over what they choose for their afternoon snack!) Values aside, their produce is utterly delicious and we are sure Capreolus will be the star of our butchers boards for years to come.