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!
Hollie & the team
Food and Drink
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.
Hollie Hawkins, General Manager
Hollie grew up in Cheltenham, with aspirations of becoming a doctor. She started her studies in biomedical science at Cardiff University, but after working in hospitality during term breaks, it soon became clear where her real passion lay.
She took the reigns of her first pub at just 21, embarking on a Management Development Programme and working hard, running a successful wet-led pub. Wanting to move into a more food-driven role, she moved across to Peach in December 2017, and was promoted to General Manager of The Star & Garter in September 2019.
Growing up, she had the privilege of travelling to many great places, and her travels span Malaysia, Australia, Turkey and Italy to name just a few. She loves bringing her adventures to the specials board in the pub, giving guests the joy of trying new food they may not have tried before. Apart from taking her days off to relax and visit family in Cheltenham, she also enjoys spending time with friends, often with a glass of red wine. Hollie loves working with people, and enjoys coaching her team. Regulars will always be met with a friendly smile, and she’s proud to now call Leamington home.
It hasn’t taken Stefan Elliot long to make an impact since joining The Star in 2019. Born and raised in Devon, before moving to Bedworth, Stefan went straight into catering from school. He’d always imagined himself as a Chef, and his opportunity came when he was working at a farmers market at just 16. “A Welsh Chef asked me to man his bread stall whilst he did a demo. To both our astonishment, I sold out of his bread by the time he came back. He was so impressed, he invited me to learn in his restaurant in the town of Llangollen, North Wales. I took it”.
Before Cheffing, Stefan considered becoming a pilot, or perhaps, like many youngsters, a rockstar. Although both ideas were quickly quashed when he admitted to himself he was scared of flying, and couldn’t sing.
Starting his career at the young age of 14, Stefan worked at Mrs Kirkham’s Farm in the school holidays, he soon found his love for artisan ingredients, and enjoyed nothing more than tasting local food at the farmers market. Working alongside Michelin-starred Chef, Warrick Dodds of Northcote Manor, he then moved to Madrid working under the watchful eye of Sergi Arola. In Marbella, Stefan spent time in a restaurant whose owner was close friends of the late Paul Bocuse, working with quality local produce from wild fish to Caviar from the region, and home-grown vegetables. Having spent eight years in Spain, Stefan remains in love with the social eating culture, and using local produce.
Now in Leamington, he is excited to be with a business with the same ethics as his own, using the best ingredients and always serving the good stuff. And when he’s not at home cooking for the family, you’ll find Stefan taking his two dogs out for a walk, or watching his team Coventry “play”.
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.