the White Horse in Hatching Green

The White Horse is a delightful old pub in Hatching Green.  Five minutes from the bustling centre of Harpenden on the one hand & Junction 9 of the M1 on the other, the pub has a lovely country setting, surrounded by a large leafy garden & terrace.

The bar is warm & cosy, with old parquet & low beams hung with antique copper jugs, while the dining room is light & fresh, its French windows opening onto a sunny terrace.  In our charming private dining room, up a winding stair in the oldest part of the pub, we can comfortably host a dinner party for twelve.

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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.

Our gastro pub in Hertfordshire is open from 9.30 am for breakfast, with lunch served from noon & hot food available all day. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. Whether you pop in for a pint, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

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jon-wJon Waterhouse, General Manager

Jon’s hopes of going to catering college were dashed when the course was cancelled just before he was due to start. Never one to quit, he walked into his local Slug & Lettuce in Leamington to pour a pint, and so started a pretty successful career. After a couple of years behind the bar at the nineteenth hole, he helped out in the kitchen at the nearby Stoneleigh Golf Club. A great experience, until he was left carving the turkey and serving Christmas dinner for a hundred when the head chef walked out.  Strada was opening in Leamington and Jon decided to give it a try, spending a happy couple of years amid contemporary Italian cuisine as well as becoming a handy team trainer.  Leamington’s lovely Italian eatery La Coppola came next, and Jon packed the place out, becoming manager within two months of arriving.  After a break to focus on financials and study accountancy, Jon returned to his real passion and joined the two Rosette Bluebell Inn, Henley-in-Arden. Fate brought him to our great sister pub The Almanack in Kenilworth where he was deputy, and then to The White Horse, a pub he’s already making his own.


laurieLaurie Barlow, Head Chef

Laurie’s first love was rugby and when not kicking a ball around, he was usually in the kitchen at his local club in Ampthill, helping his mum feed 100 hungry players their post-match fuel. That was the start of the cooking bug. So when injury put paid to his dreams of playing, he became a pro in the kitchen not on the pitch. Getting his whites at Burton-upon-Trent college, he made for the Belfry, joining an 80-strong brigade behind the world famous fairways and hotel. Keeping an army marching on its stomach was a big task but Laurie rose to the challenge of cooking for 160 soldiers in one sitting before making his first visit to The White Horse. A short stint in the kitchen of Jean-Christophe Novelli was followed by two incredible years at Michelin starred Murano with Angela Hartnett in London. Laurie learned about a different style of food and working with fabulous Italian produce. There was more at The Plough in Bolnhurst, a lovely old inn with great food and ambience, then Laurie found our sister pub The Embankment in Bedford.  Now back here in Harpenden, his simply delicious food speaks for itself.

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.