As we entered lockdown, our first concern was everyone’s wellbeing and their ability to support families in such unprecedented times. Peach have been great in helping our team, with access to our hardship fund, zoom quizzes, online DJ sessions and masses of social contact, keeping us all in touch. Some of the pubs helped with Your Hub, a Social Enterprise to support the local community. From feeding homeless, to Youth support centres, NHS call centres, hospitals and  care homes. Read more of what the Peach team have been up to here.

The Black Horse team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.

Myself and the team have been keeping as busy as possible during the lockdown, which like most of society, has been a massive culture shock! I’ve been illustrating and doing lots of dog walks, while the team have been building bee houses, growing tomatoes and strawberries, supporting local businesses, trying new gins and of course baking and cooking new recipes.

All in all, I think we have all embraced the time to spend with our loved ones. Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on many families and our thoughts are with anyone who has suffered at the hands of this deadly virus, and to those who have recovered, or avoiding the virus, stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you all again soon.

Scott Oakley, General Manager

Scott’s career in hospitality started at school, working for a well known fast food chain whilst studying art and design. Following this stint, he decided that he loved the industry and felt the idea of being active rather than sitting behind a desk. He continued to sail through the casual dining sector at some big names such as; Pizza Hut, Turtle Bay and Byron before finally landing at our door. With his wealth of experience, we’re super excited to have him in The Black Horse kitchen. When he’s not charming regulars with his Bristolian accent, Scott enjoys illustrating comic book art and is a big fan of football. Being from the West Country, Scott enjoys a hearty meal and a cold pint of cider. So why not come to Woburn, pop into the pub and say “alright me luvver” in your best Bristolian accent to Scott.

Roger Hayward, Head Chef

Roger grew up in a Sudbury, a small town in the Derbyshire Dales. Aged nine Roger discovered his love for cooking, spending weekends getting creative in the kitchen with his family. From that point on, Roger knew he was destined for a career in the kitchen. Since then, Roger has progressed very successfully as a Chef, and says one of his biggest career highlights was working in the kitchens at the 2012 London Olympics. Since then, Roger has settled very well within Peach. He loves how invested Peach are in their teams both front and back of house, and see’s the company as a great way to progress his career even further. On his days off you’ll find Roger spending quality time with his kids who are both big foodies and love to help out in the kitchen. Sounds like we’ve got two future Peach chefs in the making!

Frazer Sutherland, Partner

Frazer always wanted to be in hospitality since ‘year dot’. Dabbling in domestic science at school only fuelled his passion and catering college sealed his fate. He loved working at The Summit in Sydney and cruising round the Caribbean. Back in London, he clubbed it at The Green Room, now Chinawhite, before moving to Harvey Nicks Fifth Floor. Heights must have suited Frazer because his next job was at The Oxo Tower, when the brasserie with the bird’s eye view of London was really flying. Since becoming a partner in Peach in 2008, Frazer has looked after many of our pubs including, The Thatch, The James Figg, The Swan and The Embankment. 

Peach & our pub

Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. We serve good quality, fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming environments. Always with a kind word and a sense of fun. 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.

The Black Horse offers a blend of traditional and modern – exposed beams, cosy décor and a modern “best of British” menu teamed with an exciting and varied wine list and real ales. You can be assured of a warm welcome and great dining experience every time.

We are really easy to find us by car. We are in the centre of Woburn village just by the pelican crossing near Woburn Safari Park. There is also Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Go Ape and the Woburn Golf Club nearby.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Scott, Roger & the team