YOUR FAVORITE PUB IN WITNEY
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. Overlooking the expanse of Witney’s beautiful Church Green and loyally supported by the people of Witney. We’re one of the few places in town where you can sit outside on sunny days, eating, drinking and watching the world go by. 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 sun, atmosphere and beautiful views of the green 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. 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!
Ev & the Fleece Team
Evelin Rae, General Manager
Ev grew up in Tallinn, Estonia and came to England while on a gap year from studying for an international business degree at the Estonian Business School. With just ten pounds in her pocket, getting a job was top of the list and Ev walked straight into one as a waitress in Warwick. Taking to it immediately, she soon took a step up to the fine dining restaurant at the nearby Ardencote Hotel & Spa, before becoming restaurant manager at The Dashwood, a boutique hotel in rural Oxfordshire. Ending up at Peach happened quite by chance. While her then partner was interviewing for a chef’s job, the recruiter told her about an opening at our first pub, The Rose & Crown in Warwick, and she was hooked. Walking into the pub, her fate was sealed. Ev loved everything about it, from the buzzing atmosphere in the bar to the delicious food and legendary parties. She stayed for four years, two as assistant and two as manager then moved to Thame as deputy of our sister pub The Thatch. Ev set her sights on being a Peach partner and became one five years ago, following a successful stint managing The Thatch. After a short break to have her son, Oskar, now two, she took on The Fleece in Witney and is loving a fresh challenge. When not looking after guests, she loves travelling and enjoying wonderful food and wine experiences, notching up visits to 54 countries so far!
Simon Cotterell’s passion for food started an early age. His Grandfather was a farmer, so naturally became interested in growing home grown, fresh produce and watched his Grandmother cooking regularly at home. To this day, he has his own allotment and grows his own fruit and veg, getting creative in the kitchen at home as well as at work.
His first taste of hospitality came as a student at Worcester College in Oxford, where he undertook work experience. He instantly knew it was a career for him, and took his first job as a Commis Chef at Quad, Oxford. His natural talent and passion shined through, and Head Chef roles at Gees and The Old Parsonage Hotel, both in Oxford, followed.
Outside of work, Simon is family man – spending time with his Wife and 3 boys, manning his allotment, supporting Man Utd (no one’s perfect) and holidaying down in Cornwall, where he loves getting his hands on freshly caught fish.
We are absolutely thrilled he has chosen us to be our Head Chef, and we know once you have tried his food, you’ll be thrilled too. He bring his love for fresh produce and the best suppliers to create Modern British and top-notch Pub Classics, and is often popping out into the eatery to say hello, so do say hi if you see him.
David used to start his day serving breakfast at the small hotel his parents owned in Banbury, though a hotelier’s life certainly wasn’t for him. Leaving school at 17, he packed his bags for Barcelona and spent a year working at The Palace and McCarthy’s Irish bars in the city then headed for Ireland. Hotel Kilkenny was his next home for a year and David went back to school to earn his bartender stripes, before making for Newbury to help out a mate. Landing a job at The Yew Tree Inn at Highclere marked the start of an amazing journey with Marco Pierre White, and David worked shoulder to shoulder with the great man opening hotels and new pubs alike. As the empire grew, so did David’s talents and after five short years he was overseeing operations and running Marco’s Wheeler’s of St James’s group which included his gorgeous country pub collection. After eight years with Marco the decision was made to put all his talents to great use here in our pubs and the little Peach outpost he plans to create one day in Wiltshire.
OUR TIME IN LOCKDOWN
As we entered lockdown, our first concern was everyone’s wellbeing and their ability to support families in such unprecedented times. Peach have been great in helping our team, with access to our hardship fund, zoom quizzes, online DJ sessions and masses of social contact, keeping us all in touch. Some of the pubs helped with Your Hub, a Social Enterprise to support the local community. From feeding homeless, to Youth support centres, NHS call centres, hospitals and care homes.
See more of what the Peach team have been up to below: