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 Rose & Crown team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.
Sam our Sous Chef, has been showcasing his crafting and entrepreneurial skills during lockdown, making all things, from bird tables and shelves to home gym equipment! He’s also been keeping on top of his own fitness with his charity boxing match that was cancelled, being rescheduled for the not too distant near future.
Cahn and Karlie could pass as professional photographers with some of the scenic shots they have taken on long country walks in and around Warwick. Cahn’s also taken a keen interest in growing plants, succulents and bonsais, from seed. And they look great so far who knows how big they will become. Shay has swapped pulling pints to becoming a puppy parent, to the gorgeous Nelly. She went on her first walk on the lead at the start of June and is already growing so fast – safe to say she will be a Rose & Crown regular when the doors open. They’ve both also spent the sunny days working on his Mums garden, enjoying the good weather of April and May.
I’ve too been in the garden, transforming a neighbours from a block paved concrete jungle of weeds and broken fence to a neat and clean garden, perfect for BBQs and parties when time allows. It’s been great to spend some time with neighbours too, we threw a great socially distanced VE day party prompted by 2 neighbours aged only 8 and 10. It was such a well attended day with a real sense of community spirit, and ever since have been regularly checking in on each other which has been lovely.
Everyone has seen the silver lining and taken great pleasure in enjoying this rare break from hospitality; enjoying the sunshine, getting out bike riding, walking and running, and taking the opportunity to enjoy the little things we often don’t have the time to do. We’ve even been reading books, something many of us just haven’t done since we were at school.
I can’t wait to welcome you back soon,
Tash & The Team
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.
Sarah Robinson, Pod Director
Arriving back in Edgbaston has been like coming home for Sarah. Growing up in Solihull she discovered her passion for food and making sure people had a great time whilst waiting on tables at her local pub The Peacock. Though it didn’t take long to get qualified in leisure marketing at Solihull College nor promoted to assistant manager after only a year. So at just 21 she found herself managing The Falcon at Hatton, a great Warwickshire gastropub and great experience for what was to come. That included opening Bank Birmingham in chic Brindley Place, just as the city’s food scene really started to take off, and a stint at Lovely Pubs running one of their loveliest The Crabmill at Henley in Arden. Soon it was time to run her own and Sarah headed south to take on two, The Hurdles in Droxford and The Bird in Hand in Lovedean in leafy Hampshire, turning both into fantastic foodie destinations. Now she’s happy to be home, and super-excited to be putting Edgbaston on the map.
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.
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.
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.
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We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tash & The Rose & Crown Team