The Bear & Ragged Staff, Cumnor, Oxfordshire
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 Peach Family
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.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Rob & the Team
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.
James Durrant, Head Chef
James always knew he wanted to be a chef. He was often to be found in the kitchen from a young age. He first started out while still at school, waiting on tables at a rather good local hostelry, The Angel in Long Crendon, but found his nose more often in cookery books than text books. So he joined the pub permanently whilst studying for his whites at college in Oxford, quickly learning about fine food in a good old fashioned kitchen. More fine dining came next, with a stint at The Mole in Toot Baldon where James honed his craft under chef patron Gary Witchalls and loved the pace of the busy kitchen. When the opportunity came to join our lovely sister pub The Thatch in Thame, James jumped at it, and it wasn’t long before he earned the chance to run the show when the head chef was away. After moving to The Fishes he’s got his own kitchen here at The Bear and is already making his mark.
James was recently announced as one of the winners of the 32nd Acorn Awards, celebrating 30 of the industry’s most talented stars aged under 30. The annual awards seek to highlight and celebrate the achievements of 30 of the industry’s brightest prospects, with each winner nominated by their peers for their outstanding ability in their field.
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.