the Rose & Crown in Warwick
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.
Since then we have added pubs ancient and modern, neighbourhood locals and country destinations, simple bedrooms and a chic boutique hotel, cocktails, grand gins and ever-improving coffee. Today we have nineteen pubs in lovely towns and villages – and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. We 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.
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.
Our Gastropub in Warwickshire is open every day from 8am for breakfast, with lunch served from noon & hot food available all day.We have 13 comfortable rooms to rest your head, and 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.
Exiting the M40 at Junction 15 and following signs to Warwick, we are just up the hill past the castle car park entrance. Turn left into Bowling Green Street and then first right, follow the road until you see WH Smith. Bear right The Rose & Crown is to your left in Market Square. Click here for further information.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Katie & the team
Food and 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. Our Head Chef and his skilled brigade devise our seasonal menus and our specials change daily. As well as celebrating our increasingly-vibrant British food culture, the focus on seasonal ingredients means we buy the best stuff when it’s at the best price. This way we keep prices sensible even though we’re buying top-quality ingredients.
All our meat is British and of the highest quality, from Aubrey Allen; an eighty year-old Warwickshire butcher suppling many of Britain’s finest restaurants as well as holding The Queen’s Royal Warrant. Our steaks are from Britain’s finest (increasingly rare) beef herds, 28-day dry-aged for stupendous flavour. Our Cotswold White chickens are free-range, as are our eggs and pork. Our lamb is Cornish. Our fish is native where possible, and we follow the ever-changing advice on sustainability.
We don’t have a children’s menu, because we think they should eat food that’s as good as yours. Our chefs are happy to make smaller portions or simplified versions of anything on our menu.
We love being a real pub as well as a great Gastropub. With Continental beers and lagers including Peroni and Estrella, and we are serious about our spirits too. Tanqueray Gin and Ketel One Vodka are our current favourites for pouring. Or try the range of premium gins, vodkas and aperitifs from our drinks list.
Our wine is chosen by Jo Eames, co-owner of Peach, from three multi award-winning suppliers, Tanners, Liberty Wines & Boutinot. Each has its own specialities, allowing us to pack our list with a great range of top-quality and interesting wines. Let us help you choose something delicious to match your mood or your food.
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 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.