WHILST 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. Read more of what the Peach team have been up to here.
The Boathouse Team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories. Our team have been volunteering at The Boathouse Hub, which has been a great way of keeping our team together and engaging with our guests, in fact it’s been great to meet some new locals, and we can’t wait to serve them in our usual way when we open our doors again soon. We’ve enjoyed so many sunny days, with our team listening to music outside the front of the pub and having fun with guests passing by (from a distance of course). And there’s been many interesting lockdown haircuts – from our amazing KP Viktor trending four different types of hair cuts with thanks to our Hub Volunteers. Keil, our Master Peach has too had a few different cuts, plus a few dodgy looks (rightly so), from our locals. It has also been a great time for our Chefs, who have been getting creative in the kitchen, and we’ve been lucky to try some of their creations, which has been an absolute treat.
Running The Hub gave us a great opportunity to support our community which has been hugely rewarding for all of us. So many great things have been happening locally, and we feel great pride to have been able to a part of it. We have cooked for the Maidenhead Foodshare Project, who support homelessness and families in need, and have delivered over 280 homemade brownies to two local care homes, who are working tirelessly to make a safe environment for people suffering with dementia, Boulters Lock Care home just down the road, and Larchfield house in Maidenhead. We have also offered discounted food and takeaways to all NHS workers and elderly in need, just to do our little bit to say thanks and help those in our community.
Before closing our pub, we were really excited to meet you and show off our new pub, with lots of hard work going into the training and look of the pub, I can honestly say that we have grown even closer as a team throughout lockdown, and I feel really lucky to re-open The Boathouse working with such great people.
Sharon Concannon, General Manager
Introducing the wonderful Sharon. Born Galway, Ireland and bred in Hertfordshire at the age of 14, Sharon started working as a waitress in the beautiful Shendish Manor House in her home county, where her Dad was a Director. Coming from a family of caterers and being surrounded by keen foodies her whole life, Sharon says she didn’t actually choose catering – it chose her! Originally the dream was to be a vet, but after encouragement from Dad, as he could clearly see her potential, Sharon enrolled to study hospitality at college. After learning great leadership skills from her Dad and earning her stripes in the industry, it was time to move to London with The Gilbert Scott. Working in Marcus Waring’s new venture, under a female General Manager was a great inspiration to Sharon, learning that success doesn’t come without hard work. Keen to learn more about different food cultures, Sharon took a sabbatical in her early career, travelling to thirteen different countries in three months, with Vietnam standing out, mostly for overcoming her fears of trying weird and wonderful food. Next it was on to a couple of pub groups to gain experience in running a business and learning vitally that ‘the guest interests always come first,’ before we were lucky enough for Sharon to join us at Peach, as General Manager at The Old Mill in 2017, now, she’s taking on The Boathouse to make it the best for miles around. On her days off Sharon can be found catching up with friends and family, with a glass of wine, or two, well let’s just say when they all go out together they have more than a good time. The fun starts here!
Phil Hughes, Head Chef
Phil grew up near one of the many roundabouts in Milton Keynes, and although his family stuck to traditional British fare, meal times were an important part of the day, shared around the table, grandparents and all. Despite dreams of becoming the next David Beckham, Phil began to notice food during holidays in France as a child, which led to his first job back home as a dishwasher at a family run Italian. Here he developed his taste buds by eating any leftovers he could get his hands on. It was here that his culinary education began, as he discovered what sort of character was required to ‘stand the heat’ in a real kitchen – and he loved it! Phil’s career continued in hospitality, but curiosity pushed him to experience front of house, which helped him find his voice, shape his personality, and grow in confidence before heading back to the stainless-steel engine, the kitchen, where he knew he truly belonged. Along the way, Phil flirted with independents as well as large groups, opening The Beach House in St. Albans, holding the kitchen at The Birch in Milton Keynes and leading large brigades for PCDG. Phil’s now an experienced Peach Head Chef and has earned more than a few stripes working in many of our pubs before settling at The Boathouse, where you’ll be able to sample some of the delights of his creations. Not only is Phil a blooming amazing chef, but he’s an all-round decent chap, who along with food is completely besotted with his daughter Millie, who willingly help him with his food research on a weekly basis with experimental dinners at home or seeking out the next best places to eat.
JOIN US BY THE RIVERSIDE
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England, and we’re super happy to now have a stunning restaurant in Maidenhead. Situated on our own island, we’re very fortunate to benefit from Maidenhead’s finest al fresco dining and drinking spot – even if we do say so ourselves. We serve good quality, fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming environments. Always with a kind word and a sense of fun. Today we have nineteen 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.
Soak up the sun, atmosphere and beautiful riverside views whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a few Grand Gins or Cocktails from our Drinks List. Our menu is served throughout the day in our eatery. We are open every day, with lunch served from noon and fresh 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 drink, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Sharon, Phil & the team