the fleece in witney
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 twenty 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.
Overlooking the expanse of Witney’s beautiful Church Green, The Fleece featured in Alistair Sawday’s Pub Guide, and since we took it over ten years ago it has twice been voted one of the top twenty pubs in the UK. It also appeared as a pub worth visiting in the Good Pubs Guide and our bedrooms have recently been refurbished.
Loyally supported by the people of Witney, we are one of the few places in town where you can sit outside on sunny days, eating, drinking & watching the world go by. We also have a private dining room for meetings or parties & 10 comfortable en suite bedrooms.
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 are located at the top end of the High Street. Just head for the town centre, look out for the imposing tower of St Mary’s C of E and Church Green. We are halfway along on the left hand side. The car park is through the arch of the pub and can hold about 20 cars. If this is full there is some on-street parking around Church Green. We are close to Oxford, about 20 minutes drive along the A40, and a great base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds. For more help finding us click here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Mike & the team
Food and Drink
Summer’s here – time for beautiful British soft fruit, and the best green vegetables, tomatoes and salads. Cornish lamb and day-boat fish are plentiful and delicious now – and look out for native lobsters in our specials.
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.
Mike Tennant, General Manager
Introducing Mike Tennant our Fleece GM, or Ed Sheeran, as he’s affectionately called by the team. Born in Cheltenham, and raised in Tewkesbury, Mike’s career in hospitality started when a management couple took over the local run down pub and wanted to spruce things up a bit. He started at 16, working with a good Head Chef who introduced him to pub life, decent food, and all the long hours.
As the years ticked by, it became apparent that Mike liked a ‘chat’, and after spending more and more time speaking to guests, he felt it was time to fly the kitchen nest, and he landed a job as a barman at Hilton, where he learned the bread and butter of what makes a good caterer, and where his impeccable standards stemmed from. He left 3 and a half years later as Bar and Restaurant Manager.
Bel and the Dragon bought him back to pubs, and his knowledge increased further, completing his WSET levels 1 & 2, and after a few enjoyable years, he took over an award wining independent, and during his time working with them, took them from 1 to 2 Rosettes, and achieved the status of number 1 on trips adviser, something he is most proud of.
So with pretty much every boxed ticked, he now brings bags full of knowledge, pockets full of passion, and plenty of chat to The Fleece, so it’s well worth popping in and saying hello soon.
Tom Hatt, Head Chef
It’s always lovely to have a local running your kitchen and we’re lucky enough to have Witney born and bred Tom at the pass most days. His love of food started early and he still rates his Mums cooking as some of the best (although they’re a family of foodies and are all fans of finding new and interesting places to eat locally).
Tom washed up in a local pub while studying Music Tech at College, and it just so happened whilst he was working with two extremely skilled and wildly passionate chefs soon got sucked in, loving everything about kitchen life and never really looking back.
Over time, Tom wanted to spread his wings, and took the decision to move to the other side of the world, spending over a year working in New Zealand and expanding his repertoire before returning to Oxfordshire to continue his Cheffing career.
Tom’s a fan of quality ingredients and good old fashioned top-quality cookery with an unashamed passion for the classics with chicken kiev being one of his favourites – simple but deliciously satisfying. His ultimate dream is to have a wedding cake business and with his obsession for detail, there would be no doubt he’d smash it.
Pop to The Fleece for excellent expertly cooked dishes, seasonal favourites and mighty good desserts!