A COUNTRY PUB IN SURREY
Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. The Duke of Wellington is an ancient country pub with a striking appearance at the top of Ockham Road South by the green. 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 views of the green 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!
Joe & the team
Joe Dimmock, General Manager
Joe grew up in Berkshire where he had his first taste of the hospitality world at 16 years old serving guests at the clubhouse of his sailing club. Hospitality very quickly became Joe’s passion and he spent the next few years working at a stunning wedding Venue in Hampshire where he was the youngest Head Waiter in the company. Not long after, he helped open a pub just outside of Reading before being head hunted for a large events venue as the Front of House Manager. His first introduction to Peach Pubs was back in 2014 at The Chequers, Eversley Cross. It’s here he met Sian Lewis and worked with her for about 2 years.
Joe then took a couple of years out of hospitality and went into the world of sales, trying his hand at selling some premium houses. However, it didn’t take Joe long to realise that the grass is not always greener with his much-anticipated return to Peach seeing him arrive at The Duke of Wellington where he was once again reunited with Sian. Fast forward two years, Joe is now the General Manager of the Duke and could not be happier.
On his days off you usually find Joe out lunching and seeing friends. If you’re lucky enough to meet Joe, I’m sure you’ll have noticed his fine collection of weird and wonderful shirts which is very much a lifelong hobby of his.
Lukasz Chodup, Head Chef
Being in the kitchen has been a huge passion from a very young age, and Lukasz’s career spans fine dining as well as pubs. His love for cooking comes from his Grandmother and Mother, having both been some of his best teachers, and when he’s back home, he very much enjoys returning the favour and serving the family something delicious. Lukasz arrived in the UK for a summer job in 2008, and has stayed working in hospitality ever since. Starting off in college in Chicester, before working in a two rosette restaurant, alongside the previous Ritz Hotel Executive Chef.
Hi motto is “food is memory”, and believes that cooking great food creates good times for people. Seeing how much Peach value food, and understanding their ethics, it made us the perfect next choice in his career. Outside of work, you’ll find him travelling and trying new food, with his wife and family. One day, he plans to open his own restaurant, but we’re hoping we keep him for a few years first!
Sian Lewis, POD Director
Hospitality, and making sure everyone is really well looked after, are in Sian’s genes. From helping her grandfather run the family B&B in the glorious Pembrokeshire countryside where she grew up to studying travel and tourism at Pembrokeshire College. She moved on to manage the two Rosette restaurant at The Maynard, a beautiful boutique hotel in the Peak District National Park, and laying on fantastic foodie events.
Her next home was The Ferry Inn, a fine watering hole, and then its lovely sister pub The Boar’s Head in Narbeth, offering good food and hospitality in equal measure. When it was time for a change, Sian went to Hampshire to become deputy at our own sister pub The Chequers in Eversley Cross, quickly helping this gorgeous village local make its mark, before taking on The Duke of Wellington to make it the best for miles around. Acorn Award winner, Sian, has now been appointed from General Manager to Pod Director for our Surrey and Oxfordshire pubs.