WHILST IN LOCKDOWN
As we entered lockdown, our first concern was everyone’s wellbeing and their ability to support families in such unprecedented times. Peach have been great in helping our team, with access to our hardship fund, zoom quizzes, online DJ sessions and masses of social contact, keeping us all in touch. Some of the pubs helped with Your Hub, a Social Enterprise to support the local community. From feeding homeless, to Youth support centres, NHS call centres, hospitals and care homes. Read more of what the Peach team have been up to here.
The Thatch Team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories. I am sure that I speak for all of us when I say that Frazer deserves a big mention for a momentous 10 week run of his “Virtual Posh Pub Quiz”. It has certainly provided us with a massively entertaining reel of food and drink lead questions; some truly memorable, yet sadly not forgettable dance moves and most importantly a fantastic excuse to enjoy a midweek drink or three…
A few of the team have been taking online courses, while others have been perfecting, or probably more fittingly starting to learn, the art of home cooking! Some of our Chefs have even been brewing their own beer (it’s unsurprisingly delicious.)
Thank you to everyone who used our Pub Hub. We had some very generous donations, and the unwavering support of both The Thatch and our community very much appreciated.
All in all, I think we have all embraced the time to spend with our loved ones. Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on many families and our thoughts are with anyone who has suffered at the hands of this deadly virus, and to those who have recovered, or avoiding the virus, stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you all again soon.
Frazer Sutherland, Partner
Frazer always wanted to be in hospitality since ‘year dot’. Dabbling in domestic science at school only fuelled his passion and catering college sealed his fate. He loved working at The Summit in Sydney and cruising round the Caribbean. Back in London, he clubbed it at The Green Room, now Chinawhite, before moving to Harvey Nicks Fifth Floor. Heights must have suited Frazer because his next job was at The Oxo Tower, when the brasserie with the bird’s eye view of London was really flying. Since becoming a partner in Peach in 2008, Frazer has established the Thatch as Thame’s no. 1 food destination. He also runs The James Figg further up the High Street, voted Oxfordshire’s Best Traditional Pub in 2013, The Swan, The Black Horse and The Embankment.
James Durrant, Head Chef
James always knew he wanted to be a chef. He was often to be found in the kitchen from a young age. He first started out while still at school, waiting on tables at a rather good local hostelry, The Angel in Long Crendon, but found his nose more often in cookery books than text books. He studied for his whites at college in Oxford, quickly learning about fine food in a good old fashioned kitchen, followed a stint at The Mole in Toot Baldon where James honed his craft under chef patron Gary Witchalls. James was recently announced as one of the winners of the 32nd Acorn Awards, celebrating 30 of the industry’s most talented stars aged under 30. The annual awards seek to highlight and celebrate the achievements of 30 of the industry’s brightest prospects, with each winner nominated by their peers for their outstanding ability in their field.
Jon Gotch, General Manager
Meet our general manager, Jon. Born and bred in Oxford, his first job was in a pub, purely for the social side. Turns out he landed on his feet and loved the buzz. So, after his original dreams of a sports career fell through, the pub life was calling. Nothing could beat the busy rush and helping people make memories.
When it comes to food Jon favours South American flavours and he fell in love with the fine dining scene while in Australia. He was keen to join the Peach family because it’s a true hospitality company that still puts the team and guest before the bottom line. Now we’re lucky enough to have him hosting in lovely Thame.
When he’s not in the pub you’ll find him taking up his other passion – sport! Whether it’s skiing, golf or football, he’ll always find a decent restaurant or wine bar to wind down after. Come and say hi to Jon soon!
Peach and our Pub
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. We serve good quality, fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming environments. Always with a kind word and a sense of fun. We have always been passionate about giving back and as we’ve developed and grown over the years, our ability and motivation to make the world a little better, a little peachier, has grown with us. The Bigger Peach shows our efforts to improve communities, equality in the workplace and the future sustainability of our world.
The Thatch is a classic English pub, serving top quality food, fine ales and carefully-chosen wine. The Sixteenth Century building is full of character, and usually filled with characters too. A social hub in this sociable town, we offer true hospitality to friends and strangers alike.
We are right in the heart of Thame on the lower part of the High Street. If you are driving from Oxford heading towards the town centre, you will pass a school on the right hand side after which the road bears sharply round to the right. The Six Bells pub is on the right and The Thatch shortly after on the right.
If you are driving into Thame from the east, you will pass the Town Hall, and Newitts Butchers on your left. Cross over a mini roundabout with the Rising Sun pub on your left, and The Thatch will be ahead on your left. For more helping finding us, click here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Jon, Frazer & the team