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!

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Ian Slater, POD Director

Ian’s first footsteps into the world of hospitality were in Bristol, when he decided that he was better suited to working in pubs than studying environmental science at university. Cocktails, DJ’s and late nights in Revolution Vodka Bar were a social paradise where no two nights were ever the same.  Ian thrived on the buzz of being behind the bar and before long he was running the place and others like it in Bristol and Newport as the fledgling group expanded. Great experience for his next move to the Slug & Lettuce in the beautiful city of Bath, where he learned about putting things onto the plate as well as in the glass.  Henry J Beans was his next home, and Ian felt right at home at the American bar and grill, serving up good times in Bristol and London for over six years. When the time came for a change, Ian took the train to sunny Surrey and settled at The Black Swan in Ockham, a gorgeous country watering-hole in the Capital Pub Co stable. It was their first country pub venture and Ian made it a big success.  His love of the country life led onto bigger and better things and Ian stepped up to be Brunning & Price’s operations manager, looking after a variety of lovely pubs across Surrey, Sussex and Kent. This little empire of pubs flourished under his tenure. As no doubt will ours, now he’s got his hands on them.


 

MICHAEL GARCIA, HEAD CHEF

It was fending for himself while his parents were at work that made Michael a chef. He soonmichael-garcia got bored with reheating dishes in the microwave and started to create his own, loving the idea that others might love his creations too.  Earning his whites at Westminster College in London, he cooked first for VIPs and royalty like The Queen at The Caledonian Club in smart Belgravia. He also won London Club Chef of the Year in 2012, becoming head chef a short while later. After a stint at the Savoro Restaurant in leafy Hadley Wood, Michael moved to The Mandeville and helped this stylish London bolthole gain its first Rosette, developing a real passion for great British dishes.  His delicious creations were much enjoyed too at The Prince George, a classic British gastropub nearer to home in Hertfordshire, and Michael soon felt at home in its relaxed surroundings. So much so, he decided pubs were his future and made a bee-line for ours.  We’re delighted to have him here.  His food’s already going down a treat. Come and try it soon.


 

The Peach foundation

The 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.