JOIN US IN THE HEART OF THAME
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. 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. As a quality gastropub, we serve great ingredients and fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming surroundings, always with a kind word and a sense of fun. Today we have twenty one pubs in lovely towns and villages, and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. 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. Our achievements were recognised in 2022, when we won Best Sustainable Pub Company at the Publican Awards, and we’re also three star accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Soak up the atmosphere and beautiful period features whilst enjoying a bite to eat, a cocktail, or a glass of award-winning wine from our drinks list. We serve food all day and children are welcome to enjoy smaller portions of any of our dishes. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. We’re dog friendly in our bar and outdoor areas, bring your furry friend and stop by soon. On our bar you’ll find a great range of spirits, beers and softs, so whether you pop in for a drink, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. Find us here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ev & the team
EVELIN RAE, GENERAL MANAGER
Ev grew up in Tallinn, Estonia and came to England while on a gap year from studying for an international business degree at the Estonian Business School. With just £10 in her pocket, getting a job was top of the list and Ev walked straight into one as a waitress in Warwick. Taking to it immediately, she soon took a step up to the fine dining restaurant at the nearby Ardencote Hotel & Spa, before becoming restaurant manager at The Dashwood, a boutique hotel in rural Oxfordshire. Ending up at Peach happened quite by chance. While her then partner was interviewing for a chef’s job, the recruiter told her about an opening at our first pub, The Rose & Crown in Warwick, and she was hooked. Walking into the pub, her fate was sealed. Ev loved everything about it, from the buzzing atmosphere in the bar to the delicious food and legendary parties. She stayed for four years, two as assistant and two as manager then moved to Thame, starting here as deputy of The Thatch. After a short break to have her son, Oskar, and a move to The Fleece in Witney as General Manager, Ev has now returned to take the reigns at The Thatch. When not looking after guests, she loves travelling and enjoying wonderful food and wine experiences, notching up visits to 54 countries so far!
Joel Higgs, Head Chef
Born in Normandy, France and raised in East Sussex, Joel started working in hospitality at just 23 years old in a small café at an animal rescue sanctuary and then went on to work at the student university pub, The Dirty Duck in Warwick. He spent a few more years working as front of house before the kitchen started to beckon his name and he began working behind the scenes and was very quickly promoted to Commis Chef after just 6 months. After just a few years Joel had built his own team and was running the kitchen!
Joel was raised with a family of supportive like-minded foodies and has been inspired by the exciting tastes and flavours from across the globe from his many travels to date including Spain, France, Italy, South East Asia, Cuba and Sri Lanka. It wasn’t long before Joel’s talents saw him join the team here at Peach. Joel has worked his way up to Head Chef having worked at many of the Peach Pubs including The Almanack, The Thatch, The James Figg, The Fishes and of course, The Chequers!
Reared in Australia, Bevy continues to be patriotic despite being on this side of the pond for the last 24 years and we quickly learned about his love for family the importance of his friendships and his healthy obsession with all things sporty and outdoor life.
Leaving Australia after several years as a bass player (complete with long hair) he decided to put music on hold and travel the world, falling into Hospitality in the early 90’s in a cocktail bar in Manchester to supplement the plan. Following a couple of years of rock and roll catering style, he decided to get serious and studied hospitality at Surrey Uni where he met the love of his life.
During a hugely successful career, many of the industry heavyweights such as M&B (All Bar One & PCDG) and Whitbread (hub by Premier Inn) have been lucky enough to recruit his expertise and exciting new concepts always sparked his interest. But we were pleased to find out that he’d always kept an eye on Peach and our independent feel, individuality and pace of growth won him over in the end.
Bevy brings that calm Aussie charm you can’t help but relax into and he’s made a huge impact on his pubs and the Teams he looks after, which after all, is what we’re all about. Join him for a chat about surf, sun, sea and great pubs such as Brookmans, The White Horse, The Swan, Black Horse and The Embankment.