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 showcases our efforts to improve communities, equality in the workplace and the future sustainability of our world.
The Almanack is a modern British gastropub in the heart of Kenilworth, between Abbey Fields & the High Street. We serve high quality fresh seasonal food & great beers, wines & spirits all at pub prices. Open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, coffee & cake, lunch, drinks & dinner, we aim to be Kenilworth’s favourite “local”.
We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs.
The Almanack sits at the top of the High Street in Kenilworth on The Square at Abbey End. Leave the A46 at signs for Kenilworth Castle and you will be led to the High Street. We are at the top on the right in a modern stylish building opposite the Holiday Inn. There is a pay and display car park situated behind the pub.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Hayley Reid, Head Chef
Hayley is a true local – growing up in Leamington Spa before moving to Coventry, where she’s called home for the last seven years. Leaving school at 16, she went straight into the world of catering, and whilst being in a kitchen is a far cry from her childhood ambition to be designer, the creativity of her specials sure shows her skill!
Growing up cooking with her Grandma, from an early age Hayley enjoyed cooking for her family, making sure there was always something great to eat for dinner. Before Peach, she worked in several small pubs, perfecting her trade, then joining The Almanack as a Breakfast Chef in 2012. As a new Mum, the hours were perfect, and kept her passion for cooking fresh food alive. Working with great Head Chefs over her time in Peach has taught her many skills, and given her the belief in herself to succeed.
If it’s Summer, and she’s not working, you’ll find Hayley in Cornwall, where she visits almost every year. Her favourite spot is Cadgwith, enjoying the daily catch on a BBQ on the beach with the local fishermen. She doesn’t enjoy getting on a plane – her only experience was when she jumped out of one! Any other down time is spent with the family – of whom two can also be found working in The Almanack from time to time – or eating out and trying new food. It’s a great pleasure to have Hayley at the helm of the kitchen at long last!
Sarah Robinson, Pod Director
Arriving back in Edgbaston has been like coming home for Sarah. Growing up in Solihull she discovered her passion for food and making sure people had a great time whilst waiting on tables at her local pub The Peacock. Though it didn’t take long to get qualified in leisure marketing at Solihull College nor promoted to assistant manager after only a year. So at just 21 she found herself managing The Falcon at Hatton, a great Warwickshire gastropub and great experience for what was to come. That included opening Bank Birmingham in chic Brindley Place, just as the city’s food scene really started to take off, and a stint at Lovely Pubs running one of their loveliest The Crabmill at Henley in Arden. Soon it was time to run her own and Sarah headed south to take on two, The Hurdles in Droxford and The Bird in Hand in Lovedean in leafy Hampshire, turning both into fantastic foodie destinations. Now she’s happy to be home, and super-excited to be putting Edgbaston on the map.
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 Almanack team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.
Myself, Hayley, Nathan, Ross, Nancy, Little Jamie, Anthony, Emily and beautiful Tash have been busy setting up our Hub Pub supporting charities & frontline workers. You can find out more here.
I am in touch with our amazing team few times a week sharing our ways of adjusting to life outside of hospitality. It has been amazing to see all the outstanding home-school techniques, cooking, exercising, learning new languages and all the family walks. Hayley and Emily are masters of home- schooling, Ross and Nathan are new BBQ Chiefs in town. Anthony has been playing fantastic DJ sets and sharing his playlists. Nancy is still busy with her university course. Jamie was crying over football most days until this week as Coventry got promoted to SkyBet Championship.
The Almanack Team