Gastro Pub in Warwickshire - The Rose & Crown


Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. Situated on in the centre of glorious Warwick, we’re A favourite with the townspeople and just a moments walk away from the historical castle. 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 market square views 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, or ask to see our children’s menu. 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!

Tash & The Rose & Crown Team

Natasha Beard, General Manager

Warwickshire girl, Tash, comes from a family of feeders (our favourite kind of family), so good old-fashioned hospitality is part of who she is. Tash’s mom has done private catering for as long as Tash can remember, and if you haven’t met Tash’s mom personally, you’ll probably have tried her cakes at the pub, which have so far helped to raise over £7k for Myton Hospice!

Tash started out waitressing at a family-run Italian restaurant when she was 14; luckily she didn’t have to speak Italian like she originally thought! She quickly fell in love with the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the industry, and after working at a cocktail bar alongside studying to be a police officer, Tash realised she wanted to make a career out of giving guests the best possible experience. She went on to progress to General Manager and then Operations Manager, followed by an exciting year working in the 1st Class Lounge for Virgin Atlantic — which included plenty of A-List celeb spotting!

For Tash, the most rewarding part of leading her own team is the chance to be part of their journey, especially when those who might have previously seen the job as a stopgap have gone on to progress to managers themselves. She’s always been drawn to Peach’s values; we put our team and guests at the heart of everything we do, and this really resonates with where Tash could see herself fitting in long-term.

After enjoying many visits to our sister pubs as a guest, Tash landed her dream role here at The Rose & Crown in 2019. Her drive and passion has led to record breaking sales, and now Ultimate General Manager, a huge achievement of which we are all so proud of! Next time you’re at The Rose & Crown, make sure to say hi to Tash and ask her about her latest travel adventure. Trust us, she’ll be more than happy to chat!

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.

Jamie McGowan, Pod Director

Footballer turned foodie, Jamie started his career at 21 and has since worked across the spectrum of hospitality from bars, to pubs, and restaurants. Having been responsible for a Market Hall and events venue with 4 kitchens, a cafe, a bar, a barbers, and vintage clothing store, it’s safe to say Jamie has expert knowledge in providing a quality experience.

Plymouth born, Jamie spent a few years living abroad in Spain and South Africa with his family, before returning to England and eventually Nottingham. Of all the countries Jamie has visited, Naples in Italy is the foodie apple of Jamie’s eye at the moment. With his love of Italian food, Neapolitan style pizza, and the Italian way of letting the quality of the ingredients do the talking. Living in Nottingham means Jamie has been lucky enough to eat at Alex Bond’s Alchemilla restaurant, where he was inspired by both the superb experience and Alex Bond’s agility through lockdown, pivoting to home delivery and then opening Mollis fried chicken restaurant. (Imagine that…Michelin star fried chicken!).

If you see Jamie around the pub be sure to say hi, plus if you buy him a pint of ale he’ll even recount the time he scored a goal at the Nou Camp! Something he definitely, definitely has never mentioned…

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