the Star & Garter in Leamington Spa
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.
Since then we have added pubs ancient and modern, neighbourhood locals and country destinations, simple bedrooms and a chic boutique hotel, cocktails, grand gins and ever-improving coffee. Today we have twenty pubs in lovely towns and villages – and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. We 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 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. Find us here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Patrycja & the team
Food and Drink
Summer’s here – time for beautiful British soft fruit, and the best green vegetables, tomatoes and salads. Cornish lamb and day-boat fish are plentiful and delicious now – and look out for native lobsters in our specials.
We always serve the good stuff. It’s one of our most dearly-held values. We only serve what we want to eat and drink ourselves. Our Head Chef and his skilled brigade devise our seasonal menus and our specials change daily. As well as celebrating our increasingly-vibrant British food culture, the focus on seasonal ingredients means we buy the best stuff when it’s at the best price. This way we keep prices sensible even though we’re buying top-quality ingredients.
All our meat is British and of the highest quality, from Aubrey Allen; an eighty year-old Warwickshire butcher suppling many of Britain’s finest restaurants as well as holding The Queen’s Royal Warrant. Our steaks are from Britain’s finest (increasingly rare) beef herds, 28-day dry-aged for stupendous flavour. Our Cotswold White chickens are free-range, as are our eggs and pork. Our lamb is Cornish. Our fish is native where possible, and we follow the ever-changing advice on sustainability.
We don’t have a children’s menu, because we think they should eat food that’s as good as yours. Our chefs are happy to make smaller portions or simplified versions of anything on our menu.
We love being a real pub as well as a great Gastropub. With Continental beers and lagers including Peroni and Estrella, and we are serious about our spirits too. Tanqueray Gin and Ketel One Vodka are our current favourites for pouring. Or try the range of premium gins, vodkas and aperitifs from our drinks list.
Our wine is chosen by Jo Eames, co-owner of Peach, from three multi award-winning suppliers, Tanners, Liberty Wines & Boutinot. Each has its own specialities, allowing us to pack our list with a great range of top-quality and interesting wines. Let us help you choose something delicious to match your mood or your food.
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 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.