the Star & Garter in Leamington Spa
The Star & Garter is just a few moments away from the shopping heart of Leamington Spa, and only a short distance from the beautiful town of Warwick. Our fantastic pub is a relaxed environment where you can eat, drink & relax wherever you want. Our kitchen creates top quality fresh food all day from Brunch to Dinner, with locally sourced ingredients. We can also help you host your party in our Private Dining room with French windows leading onto a private terrace. If you really have to work there’s free Wi-Fi & plenty of sockets throughout the pub.
Patrycja Gajda, General Manager
Patrycja grew up surrounded by good things to eat and drink so it’s probably not surprising that she ended up pursuing a career in the industry. When she was young she often helped out at Dąbrowa Górnicza, the traditional pub and shop her mother ran in the village of the same name back home in Poland or at her uncle’s ski resort in Chorzów. Taking a holiday job over here to perfect her English, she came to the Dirty Duck in Rugby, a busy city centre pub where life was one long party. Her hard work took her from pouring shots to assistant manager in just three years. When it was time for a complete change of scenery, Patrycja took to Summersault, a stalwart on the Rugby social scene that served up delicious veggie dishes and quirky pieces for the home in equal measure. Ethical eating and shopping in a place with a conscience. Three years on, Patrycja found Peach and soon set her sights on running this place. Now she can’t wait to welcome you!
Matt Foster, Head Chef
Matt got into cooking at a young age inspired by his Mum who was always in the kitchen rustling up something delicious. He took a leaf out of her book and got his first job washing dishes at the pretty Bedfordshire pub The Crown at Northill when he was just 16. In the space of just three years he went from the kitchen sink to being one of their best chefs, juggling his culinary duties with college at the same time. Chefs whites in hand, he decided to take off for a season to do a stint as a private chef in Val Therons, Europe’s highest ski resort in the 3 Vallées, becoming a rather handy snowboarder at the same time. Back on home ground, he was here when we opened this lovely pub, quickly making his mark before trying out one of our others The Almanack in Kenilworth, with the occasional ski season in between. Matt then moved to leafy Surrey to join our new team at The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh, a gorgeous local in the biggest village in England. Now he’s got his own kitchen here in Leamington and getting everyone excited at what’s coming out of it.
David Cumberlidge, POD Director
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.
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!
Pat, Matt & the Team
The Peach Foundation
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.