About Our Pub
Welcome to the The James Figg! Let me tell you a little about the pub. We’re a free house offering various British Ales including XT brewed just down the road in Long Crendon, Mad Goose from Stratford-on-Avon’s Award winning Purity Brewery and regular changing guest ales from across the UK. We also offer four fantastic lagers including Estrella, Peroni, Meantime and Becks Vier poured to perfection by Tom and the team. If that’s not your flavour there’s Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder and Aspall Harry Sparrow as well as a selection of spirits and mixers. Our wine list contains some really convivial drinking, all available by the glass or bottle. Thame is a lovely English market town with The James Figg at the heart of it. The English pub, with the tradition of drink, socialising and simple, satisfying, honest pub food. Our pub offers a fantastic open fire for those cold wintery days, going well with a nice warming glass of red wine, or even a bottle. We also have a fantastic beer garden set behind the stables, an idyllic space perfect for lazing on sunny afternoons with a pint in hand or a nice chilled bottle of wine.
It may be my name above the door, but let me introduce you to some of the team who run the show, day to day, on my behalf.
Tom Goldsmith, Landlord
Tom’s lived all his life near Thame. Home was in Long Crendon and his first job at the tender age of 18 was behind the bar of his local, the Mole & Chicken down the road in Easington. Nothing really inspired him to go to uni so behind the bar he stayed. After leaving to do a spot of travelling, he landed back at The Old Fisherman in Shabbington, spending his time between the bar and the kitchen. A stint at the kitchen sink came next, in the lovely surroundings of The Angel in Long Crendon, and then what Tom describes as his all-sorts phase, tackling everything from fixing fruit machines to painting pubs. A cheeky pint in our sister pub The Thatch down the road ended in him working there, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Reared in Australia, Bevy continues to be patriotic despite being on this side of the pond for the last 24 years and we quickly learned about his love for family the importance of his friendships and his healthy obsession with all things sporty and outdoor life.
Leaving Australia after several years as a bass player (complete with long hair) he decided to put music on hold and travel the world, falling into Hospitality in the early 90’s in a cocktail bar in Manchester to supplement the plan. Following a couple of years of rock and roll catering style, he decided to get serious and studied hospitality at Surrey Uni where he met the love of his life.
During a hugely successful career, many of the industry heavyweights such as M&B (All Bar One & PCDG) and Whitbread (hub by Premier Inn) have been lucky enough to recruit his expertise and exciting new concepts always sparked his interest. But we were pleased to find out that he’d always kept an eye on Peach and our independent feel, individuality and pace of growth won him over in the end.
Bevy brings that calm Aussie charm you can’t help but relax into and he’s made a huge impact on his pubs and the Teams he looks after, which after all, is what we’re all about. Join him for a chat about surf, sun, sea and great pubs such as Brookmans, The White Horse, The Swan, Black Horse and The Embankment.