The Thatch – a Classic Oxfordshire Gastropub
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 open everyday from 10am for breakfast, with lunch served from noon and fresh food available all day. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. Whether you pop in for a pint, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ev, Frazer & the team
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.
Evelin Rae, General Manager
Evelin hails from Tallinn in Estonia, and only came to England during a summer off from university to find out a bit more about life. She’s certainly done that. After getting to know Warwick and starting out as a waitress, she worked her way up and landed the job of restaurant manager at The Dashwood, a boutique hotel a stone’s throw from Oxford. Her first job was at The Rose & Crown in Warwick. She has been working with Frazer at the Thatch since 2011 and was made General Manager in 2013.
Graham Rostill, Head Chef
Graham grew up in Kenilworth and got his first taste of hospitality working behind the bar at The Clarendon Arms, stepping into the kitchen to help on more than one occasion. Soon, he was off to uni, because that’s what you did if you wanted to be successful then, to study computer science and philosophy at Northampton. Only Graham turned out to be more interested in cookery books than textbooks and quit the academic world to join the culinary one instead. He stepped into the amazing kitchen of Andy Kelly, self-styled gastro-artist and chef famed for his Star Wars inspired desserts. Graham loved working at Sophia’s, a Mediterranean gem in Northampton, nurturing his passion for putting good, fresh food on the plate. With a stint as a private chef under his belt, it was then time to go home and Graham joined The Almanack, Kenilworth’s favourite local and his too, as his first choice in town. After a year of being their sous chef, he moved here to feed the good people of Thame. We think it’s all turned out pretty well for him.
About Peach Pubs
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England, that serve good quality, fresh, honest food and drink in relaxed, welcoming surroundings.
The founders of Peach, Lee, Hamish and Jo, have always been passionate about giving back and as Peach has 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 Peach Foundation, a non-profit organisation, was created in 2013 to help us do exactly that. The Foundation is a grant-giving organisation with two strands, one domestic and one international, both of which aim to improve communities and the future sustainability of our world. It is funded by fundraising within Peach, a 25p contribution from every Superfood Salad sold in our pubs and sponsored events.
Find out more about Peach Pubs here.