WHILST IN LOCKDOWN
As we entered lockdown, our first concern was everyone’s wellbeing and their ability to support families in such unprecedented times. Peach have been great in helping our team, with access to our hardship fund, zoom quizzes, online DJ sessions and masses of social contact, keeping us all in touch. Some of the pubs helped with Your Hub, a Social Enterprise to support the local community. From feeding homeless, to Youth support centres, NHS call centres, hospitals and care homes. Read more of what the Peach team have been up to here.
The One Elm team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.
It’s fair to say that lockdown definitely threw us all into a state of shock, with us all being told to stay at home and spend time with our family. With the team being furloughed, this initially was great, as it’s not something we often get the chance to do. Many of us started new hobbies too; baking, cooking, decorating and using our one hour a day to exercise.
As the weeks went by, we found it harder and harder to find new things to do at home, and when we were given the opportunity to put our great hospitality skills to use and open our doors to the local community and get involved with the non-profit social enterprise Your Hub, many of us jumped at the chance. It was only made possible by the community’s support and the hard work of our Chefs James, John and Jack, and the front of house Dale (our new Deputy Manager), Ed, Nick, Tamara, Gee and Tanya, who I’m proud to call my team.
And after what feels like a lifetime, finally Mr Johnson let us know he was easing lockdown (Hooray!), and the hard work begins. We’ve put our heads together to ensure we keep our guests safe by adhering to Government guidelines, yet still be able to enjoy the great atmosphere of The Elm. We can’t wait to see you all back with our doors open, serving the good stuff.
We’d like to take a moment to thank all our guests for the support you have given us during lockdown and we are looking forward to welcoming you back very soon.
James Dawes, Head Chef
James got into catering at 15 and found the kitchen a creative and inspirational place to be. This led him to Stratford-upon-Avon collage as he soon realised a career in the kitchen was where he belonged. Since then, James has worked his way around a few independents, before settling into Peach 7 years ago. Since then he has continued to drive standards in our pubs, moving from The Star & Garter to The Almanack and The Rose & Crown before settling at The One Elm. This has shaped James’ career highlights, some of which include becoming Head Chef at the Almanack and Ultimate Head Chef for Peach. When asked what he loves about Peach, James will tell you he admires what Peach do and enjoys serving the good stuff. James says his promotions and training has allowed him to achieve what he has so far. And when not in his Chef whites, you’ll find James spending quality time with his wife, daughters and the family Springer Spaniel, Bella!
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’ 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.
PEACH & OUR PUB
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. We have 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 One Elm was the second pub in the Peach Pubs’ stable. It has long been a stalwart in the Stratford social scene. Our latest refurbishment has added cosy booths and a new log fire up in the Loft and re-paved the courtyard, so it’s the perfect spot to eat, drink and catch up with friends at any time of the year.
Proud to be members of Shakespeare’s England, the official destination management organisation for Warwickshire.
We are open every day with food available all day. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. Whether you pop in for a pint, a business lunch or dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.
The One Elm is a large cream coloured building at the junction of Guild Street and Birmingham Road, yards from Shakespeare’s Birth Place. From Evesham, Henley and Birmingham use the Birmingham Road following Stratford Town Centre. Past Tesco and over the traffic lights you will find us immediately after the mini roundabout on your left. For more info on finding us, click here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Tom & the team