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!
LEON HIGHAM, HEAD CHEF
Becoming a chef was always on the cards for Leon – he was brought up as a butcher’s son and could usually be found helping his dad prepare the different cuts of meat and game he sold. Soon, he left the butcher’s shop for the kitchen and earned his stripes as a chef at Alistair’s Bistro in Leamington. He loved the pace of the kitchen and soon he was running it, before heading over to Harrington’s in Kenilworth to feed his passion for cooking great British seasonal food. Four years flew by and after a stint at The Queen and Castle in Kenilworth, Leon landed back in Leamington, where he helped open our sister pub The Star & Garter to rave reviews. Now, after a brilliant couple of years over at another of our lovely pubs The One Elm in Stratford, he’s starring in his own kitchen here in Leamington, so expect great things.
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!
Patrycja & 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.