JOIN US BY THE RIVERSIDE
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. 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. 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 riverside views 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, or ask to see our children’s menu. 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!
Sharon, Phil & the team
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!
HUGH HOUSTON, HEAD CHEF
Hugh was born in Jamaica but grew up in the States in a family of foodies. His Dad was Head Chef at a hospital, which spiked his curiosity, and led him to do his catering internship in Estes Park in Colorado. Following his second passion, travel, Hugh found himself in the UK. He started his professional kitchen career at the RAC Country Club in Epsom which he thoroughly enjoyed, but eventually had to scratch that London itch, and made the move to the big smoke to be trained by the very best.
This is where his talent really became apparent. It was while working for Head Chef Daniel Woodhouse at Roux Fine Dining that the extraordinary world of food was opened up to Hugh, and his skill set flew through the roof. Daniel eventually moved to Boulters, Maidenhead, where in 2014 he finally managed to convince Hugh to join him and the two of them achieved an incredible two AA Rosettes in just one year.
It was July 2018 that Peach took over Boulters and where we had the privilege of meeting Hugh, who agreed to stay on as our Head Chef and we’re very lucky he did. It’s clear it’s not just his fabulous background that ensures his food is as good as it. Its Hugh’s endless passion, exceptional presentation and natural talent that makes us confident that wherever he’s cooking, it’s going to be outstanding.
We’re ecstatic that in August 2021, he agreed to take on the kitchen at The Duke, and we’re happy the residents of East Horsley now get to sample his incredible creations – you lucky lot.
On top of all this, you’ll not meet a nicer guy and his chilled approach certainly shows in his team and his food, so if you get the chance to meet the man behind the menu, don’t miss that opportunity!
Sian Lewis, POD Director
Hospitality, and making sure everyone is really well looked after, are in Sian’s genes. From helping her grandfather run the family B&B in the glorious Pembrokeshire countryside where she grew up to studying travel and tourism at Pembrokeshire College. She moved on to manage the two Rosette restaurant at The Maynard, a beautiful boutique hotel in the Peak District National Park, and laying on fantastic foodie events.
Her next home was The Ferry Inn, a fine watering hole, and then its lovely sister pub The Boar’s Head in Narbeth, offering good food and hospitality in equal measure. When it was time for a change, Sian went to Hampshire to become deputy at our own sister pub The Chequers in Eversley Cross, quickly helping this gorgeous village local make its mark, before taking on The Duke of Wellington to make it the best for miles around. Acorn Award winner, Sian, has now been appointed from General Manager to Pod Director for our Surrey and Oxfordshire pubs.