the fleece in witney
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.
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.
Our gastropub in Oxfordshire is 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.
Introducing Mike Tennant our Fleece GM, or Ed Sherran, 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.
the peach family
The Fleece was the second Peach pub to open, over ten years ago. Our aim is to make our pubs great places, full of character, great individual places to eat, drink & sleep; a place for local people, businesses, families & tourists to meet and call their own. Every pub is unique, individually designed to suit their town or village, and respecting each pub’s history.
Peach is not a chain, it’s a group of like-minded enthusiasts. If you like one of our places, you’re almost bound to like the others. Click here to find them! We will never be the biggest pub company; we’re out for perfection on a small scale, fuelled by passion for good food and drink and a keen interest in protecting the environment.
One of our over-arching aims here at Peach is to deliver the good stuff. Every time. And that doesn’t just mean what we serve in our pubs, it also means how we treat people – our guests, our team – and our communities and planet. We have always been passionate about giving back and as Peach has 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 Peach Foundation, a non-profit organisation, was created in 2013 to help us do exactly that. The Foundation is a grant-giving organisation with two strands, one domestic and one international, both of which aim to improve communities and the future sustainability of our world. It is funded by fundraising within Peach, a 25p contribution from every Superfood Salad sold in our pubs and sponsored events.
We look forward to seeing you soon!