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YOUR LOCAL IN EVERSLEY CROSS

Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. The Chequers is a pretty, historic country pub in the village of Eversley Cross. As a quality gastropub, we serve great ingredients and fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming surroundings, always with a kind word and a sense of fun. Today we have twenty one pubs in lovely towns and villages, and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. 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. Our achievements were recognised in 2022, when we won Best Sustainable Pub Company at the Publican Awards, and we’re also three star accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. 

Soak up the sun, atmosphere and beautiful village views whilst enjoying a bite to eat, a cocktail, or a glass of award-winning wine from our drinks list. We serve food all day and children are welcome to enjoy smaller portions of any of our dishes, or ask to see our children’s menu. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. We’re dog friendly in our bar and outdoor areas, bring your furry friend and stop by soon. On our bar you’ll find a great range of spirits, beers and softs, so whether you pop in for a drink, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. Find us here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Chequers team


Laura Watts, General Manager

Born and bred in leafy Woking, Laura is a local girl. Starting her hospitality career as a hostess while at university, Laura soon realised her dream would be to run a pub as her own.

Laura joins us from Giggling Squid, where she worked as an Area Manager for six restaurants. She learnt a lot from the Thai team there who taught her the humble and passionate aspects of hospitality, as well as educating her about food of course. This inspired a later trip to Thailand, which she calls ‘The Land of Smiles!’

On her days off, and occasionally in the pub, you’ll find Laura with her pup, Chi Duci.

Laura was attracted to Peach Pubs having loved the fun, quirky, and independent feel of our pubs. Her goal is to build and train a strong team, as well as make the pub feel like home. So, settle in, relax in your home from home, and catch up with Laura soon.


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.


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.

See more of what the Peach team have been up to below: