WHILST IN LOCKDOWN
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 High Field Team certainly keep themselves busy during lockdown so I thought we’d share our lockdown stories.
As the Nation starts to look towards the reopening of our pubs, I thought it might be a nice opportunity to share our lockdown stories into what we’ve been up to whilst the pub’s been closed. I’ve done lots of reflecting on the past three months, and though times have been hard for many, there has been an abundance of great individual and group moments. I have truly admired the selflessness and genuine care for the community our team have shown, with many of the team volunteering at our Pub Hub. It’s been amazing to be able to provide hundreds of meals for those in need and supporting frontline workers too. As well as providing a great service to our community, the team have been busy taking care of loved ones at home and most importantly keeping themselves active.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am partial to a challenge, love to stay active, enjoy a good read and that I’m a passionate foodie. Over the recent months I’ve been using most of my time to focus on the things that I enjoy, whilst also providing support to vulnerable family members. There’s been plenty of cooking, copious amounts of cycling, house and garden renovation, I even started to learn a new language. I also completed a 31 mile walk along the stunning Fazeley canal from Tamworth to Birmingham and back. Having chatted to many of the team, they have all been busy too, with hobbies and new-found interests. From fishing, to growing vegetables, art and running. The High Field team will have plenty to share once our doors reopen.
We all can’t wait to welcome you back. There may be some changes afoot, but we won’t be changing our values and what The High Field is all about. You can count on us to be serving the good stuff and providing a Peachy service in the near future.
Luke & the team
Luke is a born and bred Brummie, starting his career in catering at just 15, glass collecting at The Westmead Hotel. He’s always been a big foodie, and he loved the industry from a young tender age. Once he discovered he wasn’t too bad at managing people and pretty good at delivering a great service – he knew it was the career for him.
His career spans a successful stint at The Barnt Green Inn, playing a huge part in turning the pub back into a stunning and successful country pub, as well as spending time in the Cotswolds, managing The Swan in Broadway. In 2016 Luke also spent time in Northern Queensland and Sydney giving him a breadth of experience of the hospitality industry. He now has the reigns of The High Field, a huge achievement, taking the crown of best Gastro Pub in the Midlands and second best in the Country.
His passions include travelling and eating, with some of his favourite places including Vietnam for their incredible cuisine and coffee, Australia for amazing wine and meat and Rome for just having an amazing culture and food. When not in work you’ll find him reading, following the blues & gym-ing – he love a physical challenge! He’ll love to share stories with you on places he should add to his wanderlust list, pop in and say hi soon.
Sarah Robinson, Pod Director
Arriving back in Edgbaston has been like coming home for Sarah. Growing up in Solihull she discovered her passion for food and making sure people had a great time whilst waiting on tables at her local pub The Peacock. Though it didn’t take long to get qualified in leisure marketing at Solihull College nor promoted to assistant manager after only a year. So at just 21 she found herself managing The Falcon at Hatton, a great Warwickshire gastropub and great experience for what was to come. That included opening Bank Birmingham in chic Brindley Place, just as the city’s food scene really started to take off, and a stint at Lovely Pubs running one of their loveliest The Crabmill at Henley in Arden. Soon it was time to run her own and Sarah headed south to take on two, The Hurdles in Droxford and The Bird in Hand in Lovedean in leafy Hampshire, turning both into fantastic foodie destinations. Now she’s happy to be home, and super-excited to be putting Edgbaston on the map.
Peach and 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’ve 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 High Field is at 22 Highfield Road, opposite Simpson’s and less than 5 minutes from Five Ways. As well as serving quality fresh food in our restaurant and a range of drinks in the bar, The High Field has a spacious garden and two sunny terraces. There is also public parking on-street and to the rear of our garden. Find us here.
The High Field combines top quality pub food with modern brasserie dishes. We serve food all day. Drink quality draught beers, ale on hand pump plus a carefully chosen wine list with quality variety value. Rooms for meetings & private dining are available.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Luke & the team