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Peach and our Pub  

Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. We serve good quality, fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming environments. Always with a kind word and a sense of fun. We’ve 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.

The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor is a world away from the Newbury & Swindon roads that stream past only a mile from its door. The heart of the pub is a glorious Tudor beauty. Ancient fireplaces, flagstone floors and mullioned windows with carved lintels, make the bar one of the finest anywhere. A comfortable eatery, conservatory and South-facing terrace provide spaces for every mood – and winding stairs lead to cosy bedrooms with old oak doorways & beamed ceilings.

The village pub, which underwent a complete refurbishment earlier in the year as well as launching an all-new menu of freshly prepared seasonal food, achieved the 1 Rosette accolade following a recent anonymous visit by an AA Hotel and Restaurant Inspector. Demonstrating great cooking across the entire meal, serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill alongside good quality ingredients, showing standout food in the local area.

We are open every day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 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 also have nine bedrooms for a peaceful nights sleep. Find out more here.

We are just off the A420 heading towards Abingdon/Cumnor/Wootton. Follow B4017 through the village, just past the shop. The pub will be on the right, just after the garage. There is a car park for guests and residents on a first come first served basis. On street parking is also available at the front of the pub. For things to do in the local surrounding areas click here.

The Bear & Ragged Staff Team

     

 


Adam Vines, General Manager

Adam grew up in Bedfordshire, where his parents loved to entertain. Thinking back to his childhood, he recalls fond memories of many great lunches and dinner parties at home, and has no doubt that his love for food and drink stemmed from those times seeing his parents bring friends and family together. At 16, he enrolled on a Hospitality and Catering course, and began working part-time in his local pub. He went on to study International Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, and has since worked with many well-known names in the industry. Whilst at University, he spent a year on a small island off the East Coast of America, followed by a graduate management programme with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Through various stints in four-star establishments, Adam learnt the true meaning of exceptional service and hospitality.

After several years in London, Adam moved back home to Bedfordshire and ran his own pub, a real labour of love and huge learning curve. He now focusses on looking after his team and sharing his passion, something that he saw happened amongst the Peach family too.

When he’s not working, he likes to travel, with South Africa being one of his favourite places. Or, if he’s staying closer to home, you’ll find him in St. Agnes in Cornwall, a small coastal town with great seafood restaurants. He also enjoys walking his dog Millie, getting out on his bike, or visiting family in Somerset. Come in and share your travel stories with him soon.


FRAZER SUTHERLAND, PARTNER

Frazer always wanted to be in hospitality since ‘year dot’. Dabbling in domestic science at school only fuelled his passion and catering college sealed his fate. He loved working at The Summit in Sydney and cruising round the Caribbean. Back in London, he clubbed it at The Green Room, now Chinawhite, before moving to Harvey Nicks Fifth Floor. Heights must have suited Frazer because his next job was at The Oxo Tower, when the brasserie with the bird’s eye view of London was really flying. Since becoming a partner in Peach in 2008, Frazer has established the Thatch as Thame’s no. 1 food destination. He also runs The James Figg further up the High Street, voted Oxfordshire’s Best Traditional Pub in 2013, The Swan, The Black Horse and The Embankment.