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 Chequers became a Peach Pub in June 2013. 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 a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.
Find us just in the middle of the pretty village of Eversley Cross, a long six from the second oldest cricket ground in the world. Set back from the main Reading Road (B3272) we are easy to spot. Just look for the ancient oak tree and our hanging sign on the Green. Our restaurant has ample car parking both in front of the pub and to the rear. Click here for more details.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Mike & the team
Mike Tennant, General Manager
Introducing Mike Tennant, or Ed Sheeran as he’s affectionately called by the team. Born in Cheltenham and raised in Tewkesbury, Mike’s career in hospitality started when a couple took over the local run down pub and wanted to spruce things up a bit. He started at 16, working with a Head Chef who introduced him to pub life, decent food, and the long hours.
As the years ticked by it became apparent that Mike liked a ‘chat.’ After spending more and more time speaking to guests, he felt it was time to fly the kitchen nest. He landed a job as a barman at Hilton, where he learnt the bread and butter of what makes a good caterer. This is where his impeccable standards stemmed from. He left three and a half years later as Bar and Restaurant Manager.
Bel and the Dragon bought him back to pubs, and his knowledge increased further, completing his WSET levels 1 & 2. After a few enjoyable years he took over an award-wining independent and took them from 1 to 2 Rosettes. He also achieved the status of number 1 on TripAdviser, something he is very proud of.
With pretty much every boxed ticked, Mike has now been with Peach for 4 years. Starting at The Fleece and now bringing bags of knowledge, pockets full of passion and plenty of chat to The Chequers – so pop in a say hello soon.
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.
2020 – OUR TIME 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 Chequers team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.
What a three months it has been. Needless to say, we all miss you greatly and cannot wait to welcome you all back for some of the good stuff. Firstly a huge thank you for everyone who supported our work at the Pub Hub, raising money for the local community and frontline workers by serving takeaway, ready meals and essential shop items. We did this for 8 weeks, serving Fish & Chips, Beef Burgers, Chicken Burgers, Roast Dinners and a lot of alcohol.
We were blessed with donations from Hogs Back Brewery, Andwell Brewery, Greene King & Chase Distillery, and the pot of money raised will help feed local assisted living homes around the area. I want to say a huge thank you to James, Craig, Pawel, David and Steven who helped in the kitchen and Tom, Jas, Claire, Sam, Emma R, Emma H, Charlotte and Amelia who helped me front of house. The team volunteered their time to help us with the hub and I am immensely proud to have such an amazing team. And when we weren’t running the hub, we were sanding, painting, jet washing and gardening to keep the pub ticking over and getting us ready to open (early July, fingers crossed).
There’s also been lots going on outside of The Hub too. Tracey has moved house and has completely redecorated, Charlotte and Claire started the “Couch to 5k” and have really hit the ground running (excuse the pun), and Charlotte has also been helping the local NHS by delivering prescriptions to the elderly. Tom H has joined forces with a supermarket to help keep the nation stocked, Emma has taken a keen interest in stones and gems and their healing properties.