The Giant Peach

Our blog about all things peachy


Home Schooling Help

As the kids went back to school and we smiled thinking “thank god we don’t have to do that again”, we find ourselves here, doing this again! We all know it’s tough having the children at home again, everyone in the house battling for some quiet space, swapping the teacher hat, for the work hat … Continued

Top Tips for Christmas Success

Christmas Day is hectic, but if you do the prep, it will be a breeze. Prep the night before, with a glass of wine in one hand and a potato peeler in the other . Champion the old hospitality saying of “mis en place saves your a**”. All veggies can be prepared in advance. Use outside … Continued

What will Britain be without its pubs?

Novelist, and co-founder, Jo Eames, shares her views on what Britain will be without its pubs, and was this week featured in Financial Times. Read the full article below or over on FT here. Samuel Johnson defined “hospitality” as “the practice of entertaining strangers”. At a coaching inn near Chipping Norton he remarked to his … Continued

Being Flexitarian

I love my industry, and hospitality is in my DNA, along with having a love for great plates of food. Over the years, I’ve eaten in numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, tried uncountable plates of food in tastings, and always enjoyed cooking at home too. From classic gastronomic dishes (which are now sometimes seen as … Continued

Christmas in Hospitality

For us caterers, Christmas sings atmosphere, countless turkey lunches, mulled wine and parties! Whether you love it or loathe it, it promises a busy time for all involved. At Peach, we get started back in August, with a session planning this year’s festivities. All the pubs get together, pull on their Santa hats and enjoy a … Continued

Break up your Easter

Birmingham, Bedford, Warwick, Witney or Cranleigh – a stay with us in one of our lovely rooms is the perfect plan for the Easter weekend. All in great locations, our rooms come with the added bonus of having a pub just downstairs.  Whether it’s a weekend away for the two, or a mini break for … Continued

A personal tour with Creative Director, Jo Eames

Jo Eames, our Creative Director and chief wine buyer, takes us on a personal tour of Peach Pubs as we celebrate 15 years of Making Life Peachy. Favourite Peach building: It’s got to be the quirky old Duke of Wellington in East Horsley. I really love pubs with character and this one has got it … Continued

15 years with Lee Cash

Seeing all our team together totally blows my mind. It only happens once a year, at our summer party, 400 people or so, in a field, in a big top, with bars, BBQ, circus acts, dodgems (this year), band, DJ. Wow! Long way from sitting in front of my desktop, in my flat on the Hagley … Continued

What does the Great British Pub mean to you?

We are lucky enough to live in a country with a wonderful variety of pubs: gastropubs, pubby pubs, town pubs, city pubs, seaside pubs, in-the-middle-of-nowhere pubs and village pubs just like The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley.  A beautiful 500-year-old building re-modelled in Victorian times by local landowner Lord Lovelace and named after the … Continued

Valentine’s through the eyes of a singleton…

Valentine’s Day… It’s that time of the year again. In a relationship and feeling the love? Or if like me, you are facing this February 14th alone (perhaps for the first time) then here are my top tips for survival. February 14th – isn’t that a Tuesday? Simply, forget it’s Valentine’s, it’s just your average … Continued