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The Orange Tree

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European, British, Gastropub, Pub
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166 West Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0BP, England
01279722485
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Quick Bites, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Our food is freshly cooked by talented chefs using seasonal and local...
Our food is freshly cooked by talented chefs using seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible. Please feel free to ask where the produce is from as we take provenance very seriously. We cook our own breads, grow our own herbs and cook every dish from basic ingredients on the premises.We take pride that our dishes sometimes take longer to cook than other establishments as they are cooked to order and plated with pride.The place is family-run, relaxed, casual dining in a clean, bright environment. You are welcome to enjoy our large gardens and patio areas. Dogs welcome in the garden but must be on leads. Children welcome before 7:30pm. We hope you visit soon.
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  • 167
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  • 45
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Almost perfect

Went to the Orange tree today first time visit. It was as near to perfect as you can get the menu is small but veried and the food was well cooked and well presented. Will be finding an excuse to come back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Helen B
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Epping, United Kingdom
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English first
Epping, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went to the Orange tree today first time visit. It was as near to perfect as you can get the menu is small but veried and the food was well cooked and well presented. Will be finding an excuse to come back.

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Hi there Helen B. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to post a review. We'll see what we can do to make your next visit perfect. Also look out for our ZEST! Club forms at the bar for forthcoming guest chef nights - the next of which will be in September - plus taster evenings and... More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My family went for Sunday roast which we both had pork , after a couple of hours we both had severe stomach pains and was sick most of the night , we are thankful our baby daughter hadn't eaten any or it could have been worse, I know pork is like chicken if left on side too long it can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Stephen, as I've already said in relation to your Facebook remarks on the same subject....: Although we take exceptional care of the cooking (in this case slowly cooked through the night so no chance of under-cooking) and handling of produce, we take such comments very seriously indeed and immediately contacted other tables who ordered pork that day from which we... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Have been to this bar/restaurant on several occasions and the food is always delicious and the specials are always worth trying. Can get busy quickly so it is definitely a good idea to book in advance as to not be disappointed. The managers here seem lovely and staff are always friendly

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

HI Natasha B, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoy your visits and hope we see more of you! Best regards Tom & Sam. More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

The food here is great, there is a good selection of drinks and good service, however it is quite expensive unless you get the lunch menu which is quite reasonable.

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Hi John and thank you for your feedback. Delighted you enjoyed your visit and your food. Saddened that you think it expensive as we take special care to make a modest profit whilst still using top produce/ingredients (and top chefs!) and cook everything from scratch. Difficult to see where we could reduce prices and maintain the same experience but why... More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great lunch here, as usual, but today's roast pork dish was the best yet - two of us had it and agreed!! Whatever you've done with the roast potatoes, keep on with it, they were perfect!

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Hi Hazel and thank you for taking the time again to review us. The pork last week was indeed delicious (rare that there's some left for the landlord so a real treat for me). Credit to the wonderful Priors Hall Farm in Lindsell who carefully select the shoulders for our roasts and pies and of course the Chefs who slow-roast... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

What an excellent find! We came across this lovely independent pub / restaurant following wedding celebrations in the next village. Great food, an excellent menu with classics with a twist. Service with a smile but not intrusive. Food, 2 courses just over £20 a head.

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Hiya Flizz66 and thank you for your lovely comments. Your group was an absolute pleasure - so glad we could fit you in albeit alfresco! Tom & Sam. More 

Harlow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Food was very expensive for what it was, at a guess the starters were a couple of days old or frozen and re heated. menu was very limited. Nothing special and certainly not worth £40 per head, there are far better restaurants in the local area. at 10.30 we thought we had better go, as they turned the music off.

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Adrian I don't know where to start. Expensive compared to what? You thought The Witchery in Edinburgh (a landmark, iconic, fresh food, fine dining restaurant) was expensive (it's £35 for three courses). Some of their wine was "six time more than supermarket prices" (they have one of the finest cellars in Scotland and most bottles are £22-40). Then you complain... More 

Harlow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I hired out the The Orange Tree for my 50th birthday celebration. Sam and Tom organised the evening with military precision. Welcome drinks and nibbles were served to guests upon arrival by friendly waiters and waitresses. All forty guests were served a beautifully presented and delicious hot meal at the same time. (Thank you Sam for accommodating my last minute... More 

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Thank you Sharon for your fantastic review. Certainly the evening seemed to be a great success - thanks in part to your organisation and planning skills - and our team thoroughly enjoyed your company and the great atmosphere your group created that night. It was such an important occasion for you so your feedback is even more precious. Best regards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Friendly staff and Owners. Always happy to have a chat. The food is absolutely gorgeous. Never had a bad meal here and would highly recommended The Orange Tree. It can get a little cold in the winter months, the restaurant doesn't seem to hold the heat very well, but the service and food make up for it.

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Thank you Jae w for your lovely feedback. So glad you enjoy your visits. We take on board your comment about the winter and there are a couple of the old crittal windows which let in a little draught - ironically the table in front of the wood burner! We have quotes on the table right now for new windows... More 

Annecy, France
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Whether you go for the traditional pie, the fish dishes or the meat, everything we had was perfectly cooked and very tasty and fresh. Starters around £7 and mains from £13 to £20 it was well well worth the price. Nice wine list, we didn't have dessert but looked lovely. Staff delightful. Highly recommended.

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TheOrangeTreeCM21, Owner at The Orange Tree, responded to this review

Hi Menthon SB and thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your meals and felt you received good value and service. Your comments are on display for staff to see and they are very much appreciated. Regards, Tom. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 166 West Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Sawbridgeworth
  • Phone Number: 01279722485

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 54
  • Cuisine: European, British, Gastropub, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Our food is freshly cooked by talented chefs using seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible. Please feel free to ask where the produce is from as we take provenance very seriously. We cook our own breads, grow our own herbs and cook every dish from basic ingredients on the premises.We take pride that our dishes sometimes take longer to cook than other establishments as they are cooked to order and plated with pride.The place is family-run, relaxed, casual dining in a clean, bright environment. You are welcome to enjoy our large gardens and patio areas. Dogs welcome in the garden but must be on leads. Children welcome before 7:30pm. We hope you visit soon.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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