The Fishes in North Hinksey, Oxfordshire
The Fishes is a hidden gem. Quite a big gem, too. An imposing Victorian building set in acres of wooded grounds leading down to the banks of Seacourt Stream. The deck that wraps around the conservatory offers a rare opportunity in land-locked Oxford to dine outside with an idyllic view. In recognition of this, the Fishes was named Al Fresco Dining Pub of the Year in 2006, as well winner of The Public Vote in Oxfordshire Restaurant awards 2012 making it one of the best restaurants in Oxford.
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 Oxfordshire is open every day from 9.30am serving breakfast until 11.30am, with free toast on the bar. There is a full a la carte menu served from 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9.30pm Monday to Friday, and hot food still available from 2.30pm-6pm. 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!
Sam & the Team
Sam Terry, General Manager
Sam was brought up surrounded by good things to eat so it’s perhaps no surprise he is where he is today. He jumped right in at the deep end working at Jamie’s when they opened in his home city of Oxford, where just his wits and instinctive love of food turned him into a pretty handy chef within a couple of years. From the open kitchen, Sam spied the restaurant and took what he’d learned there to wait on tables for a while. A chance meeting with Neil Remedios, Tom Byng’s right hand man in operations at Byron saw the pair hit it off and before long, Sam was working for them opening their first place outside London. Here Sam discovered the importance of doing one thing and doing it really well, something that’s stood him in good stead ever since. When he was ready for the next move, Sam travelled everyday to London to help run Jamie’s in Westfield, a little oasis in the bustling shopping centre. He then came closer to home to manage Mamma Mia, the best place for pizza in Oxford, before taking over the helm here at The Fishes.
James Durrant, Head Chef
James always knew he wanted to be a chef. He was often to be found in the kitchen from a young age. He first started out while still at school, waiting on tables at a rather good local hostelry, The Angel in Long Crendon, but found his nose more often in cookery books than text books. So he joined the pub permanently whilst studying for his whites at college in Oxford, quickly learning about fine food in a good old fashioned kitchen. More fine dining came next, with a stint at The Mole in Toot Baldon where James honed his craft under chef patron Gary Witchalls and loved the pace of the busy kitchen. When the opportunity came to join our lovely sister pub The Thatch in Thame, James jumped at it, and it wasn’t long before he earned the chance to run the show when the head chef was away. Now he’s got his own kitchen here at The Fishes and is already making his mark.
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.