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.
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.
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!
Jon & the team
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.
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.
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.