the Rose & Crown in Warwick
A favourite with the townspeople, who use it variously as a watering-hole, the place for a spot of lunch or a celebration dinner, it has also won national awards. Twice named in the Top Ten UK pubs in the last few years, voted Best Pub in the UK in 2004 and celebrated its 15th birthday under our ownership in September 2017. We also won Britain’s Best Brigade in 2017.
the peach family
Our aim is to make our pubs great places, full of character, great individual places to eat, drink & sleep; a place for local people, businesses, families & tourists to meet and call their own. Every pub is unique, individually designed to suit their town or village, and respecting each pub’s history.
Peach is not a chain, it’s a group of like-minded enthusiasts. If you like one of our places, you’re almost bound to like the others. Click here to find them!
We will never be the biggest pub company; we’re out for perfection on a small scale, fuelled by passion for good food and drink and a keen interest in protecting the environment.
Our gastro pub in Warwickshire is open every day from 8am for breakfast, with lunch served from noon & hot 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!
Katie & the team
Leamington-born Katie Middleton joined Peach at the age of 17 as a waitress while dreaming of a career as a writer, but she quickly fell in love with the busy vibe at The Almanack and managed to save enough money to take herself travelling. When she returned from South America she was straight back to Peach, but this time at The Star a& Garter as Trainee Assistant, before returning to The Almanack as Assistant Manager and passionate, dedicated caterer.
Katie continued to work as an Assistant Manager moving on to The Rose & Crown and helping us launch The High Field back in 2014, before leaving us at the age of 22 to earn her General Manager stripes at Frankie & Benny’s where she won Outstanding Achievement Award.
Katie knows our pubs inside and out, and is now happy to find her Peach resting place as General Manager at The Rose, the very first Peach Pub that has a huge soft spot in all of our hearts. We’re delighted to finally have her back!
Darren Holloway, Head Chef
Darren’s Chef career started at the tender age of 16, working at his local rugby club in Banbury, where he went on to study catering at college. After various stints in pubs and hotels in Oxfordshire, sunnier climates beckoned, and he found himself working for Celebrity Chef Matt Moran in his fine dining restaurant in Sydney for a few years.
On returning to the UK, he earned his volume stripes as a Senior CDP Chef de Partie at the well respected, relentlessly busy Bank Restaurant in Birmingham.
When we met Darren, we didn’t have a pub for him, but there was no way we were letting a talent like his slip through our fingers. He supported our Warwickshire pubs before taking on Head Chef role at The Rose and Crown in 2018.
Darren’s love of braising and creating delicious deep and tasty sauces make Autumn and Winter his favourite seasons, so if you’re a fan of the slow and low, pop in soon. When not at the pub, he’s a dedicated family man, and they sure are lucky to have him cooking the evening meal – not a turkey twizzler in sight.
David Cumberlidge, POD Director
David used to start his day serving breakfast at the small hotel his parents owned in Banbury, though a hotelier’s life certainly wasn’t for him. Leaving school at 17, he packed his bags for Barcelona and spent a year working at The Palace and McCarthy’s Irish bars in the city then headed for Ireland. Hotel Kilkenny was his next home for a year and David went back to school to earn his bartender stripes, before making for Newbury to help out a mate. Landing a job at The Yew Tree Inn at Highclere marked the start of an amazing journey with Marco Pierre White, and David worked shoulder to shoulder with the great man opening hotels and new pubs alike. As the empire grew, so did David’s talents and after five short years he was overseeing operations and running Marco’s Wheeler’s of St James’s group which included his gorgeous country pub collection. After eight years with Marco the decision was made to put all his talents to great use here in our pubs and the little Peach outpost he plans to create one day in Wiltshire.
the peach foundation
The Peach Foundation is a grant giving organisation, we work with Local Heroes promoting and supporting projects that make a real difference to the communities we live and work in. Each menu includes a chosen dish which supports the Peach Foundation, for each dish sold, 25p will be donated. This raises approximately £1000 per year. Our focus is to support local individuals who are passionately promoting and living our values in one or more of these areas:
Food Provenance – happy animals/tasty fruit and vegetables
Healthy Eating – promoting better health in the community
Sports Education – promoting and/or providing local sports facilitates for all
Planetary Hero – saving our planet one small step at a time
To find out more, click here.