the Old mill in berkhamsted

The Old Mill is in a great location beside the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted.  Its old mill-race thunders (or trickles, according to the season) over a weir and through the secret courtyard off the bar and the building retains the character of its Georgian & Victorian origins.

The Old Mill remains a real pub, where you’re just as welcome to enjoy a decent pint of bitter at the bar or deli board as a fine three course meal.

the peach family

Our aim is to make our pubs great places, full of character, great individual places to eat, drink & sleep; a place for local people, businesses, families & tourists to meet and call their own. Every pub is unique, individually designed to suit their town or village, and respecting each pub’s history.

Peach is not a chain, it’s a group of like-minded enthusiasts. If you like one of our places, you’re almost bound to like the others. Click here to find them!

We will never be the biggest pub company; we’re out for perfection on a small scale, fuelled by passion for good food and drink and a keen interest in protecting the environment.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Simon McLaughlin, Director

Simon’s original plan to study business and law turned out to be rather short-lived as he was far more interested in cookery books than library books as it simon-mc-copyturned out.  His first job was with Michelin starred Phillip Dougherty and Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, and he loved it, winning Young Waiter of the Year on his way to being restaurant supervisor in just six years. He also worked in the equally elegant surroundings of the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Hall and Lord Derby’s Knowsley Hall. Never one to stand still, Simon opened Paparazzi, Manchester’s answer to Italian fine dining, and stole the show at the city’s restaurant awards. As he did at The Pheasant in Burwardsley, a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the Cheshire plains, where he was both chef and manager. Deciding it was time to open a place of his own, Simon launched Got Wine, picking up a string of awards for its good food and drink.  With successful operators like Urban Country Leisure, Whiting & Hammond and Redcomb Pubs all vying for Simon’s skills, he had the pick of the jobs for the next few years, juggling cheffing with operations. Now, with his feet firmly under our table, we can’t wait to see what he does next.

 Bruce Simmons, General Managerbruce-copy

Bruce was lucky enough to grow up in the States, and even luckier to land a basketball scholarship at Oklahoma State University, where he spent six happy years shooting hoops.  It was only when injury stopped him in his tracks that he returned home to the UK to run with a career of a different kind.  He took himself off to Stanmer Park, a stunning Georgian Manor House a stone’s throw from Brighton, and set to work running their bustling bar and eatery. He then put all of this great experience to good use in his home city of Chester, at the great place Got Wine.  This was packed from morning til night with happy guests and picked up a string of awards for its fine food and wine with Bruce at the helm.  This gave him the bug and when the chance came to join our busy team here, he jumped at it.  Come and have a G&T with him soon.




The Peach foundation

thepeachfoundationThe Peach Foundation is a grant giving organisation, we work with Local Heroes promoting and supporting projects that make a real difference to the communities we live and work in. Each menu includes a chosen dish which supports the Peach Foundation, for each dish sold, 25p will be donated. This raises approximately £1000 per year. Our focus is to support local individuals who are passionately promoting and living our values in one or more of these areas:

Food Provenance – happy animals/tasty fruit and vegetables
Healthy Eating – promoting better health in the community
Sports Education – promoting and/or providing local sports facilitates for all
Planetary Hero – saving our planet one small step at a time
To find out more, click here.