the fleece in witney

Overlooking the expanse of Witney’s beautiful Church Green, The Fleece features in Alistair Sawday’s Pub Guide 2013. Since we took it over ten years ago it has twice been voted one of the top twenty pubs in the UK.  It also appears as a pub worth visiting in the Good Pubs Guide 2014.

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.

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.

Our gastro pub 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.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Team

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Mike Tennant, General Manager

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. 

James Grassby, Head Chef

James was always going to be a chef.  Either that or join his Dad in the family carpentry business. In the event, food won over wood and he became a rather good one, gaining his chef whites at Cambridge Regional College. He first cooked at The Møller Centre, one of the country’s top conference and banqueting centres at Cambridge uni’s Churchill College, and then at the city’s Hotel Felix. Then he headed off on his travels, spending an inspiring year soaking up the foodie flavours of New Zealand before pitching up at the two Rosette Farmhouse Hotel in glorious Guernsey. Coworth Park was his next home, and James spent the following two years creating top-notch dishes for celebs, VIPs and royalty including the monarch on more than one occasion. Keen to broaden his culinary horizons further still, he spent a year at some great restaurants in Sydney, like Prime, a melting pot of pan Asian and French flavours. After a stint at Stoke Place Hotel, James was ready for the next step. One day he plans to open his own place, and where better, as he says, than at Peach.

the peach foundation

The Peach Foundation is a grant giving organisation, we work with Local Heroes promoting and supporting projects that make a real difference to the communities we live and work in. Each menu includes a chosen dish which supports the Peach Foundation, for each dish sold, 25p will be donated. This raises approximately £1000 per year. Our focus is to support local individuals who are passionately promoting and living our values in one or more of these areas:

Food Provenance – happy animals/tasty fruit and vegetables
Healthy Eating – promoting better health in the community
Sports Education – promoting and/or providing local sports facilitates for all
Planetary Hero – saving our planet one small step at a time
To find out more, click here