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The Orange Tree

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166 West Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0BP, England
01279722485
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Today
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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. We cook our own breads, grow our own herbs, butcher our meat and fillet our own fish, most of which is straight from the boat.We take pride that our dishes sometimes take longer to cook than other establishments as they are cooked to order.The place is famly-run, relaxed, casual dining in a clean, bright environment. Hope you can visit soon.
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  • 149
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Great place for a special celebration!

Celebrated my mum's 70th birthday here and they could not have been more accommodating! I emailed in advance to say she was a vegetarian who liked spicy food and they made sure there was something suitable that day on the specials menu! Food was just amazing - an uncrowded menu with locally sourced... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Reshma B
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Harlow, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
Harlow, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Celebrated my mum's 70th birthday here and they could not have been more accommodating! I emailed in advance to say she was a vegetarian who liked spicy food and they made sure there was something suitable that day on the specials menu! Food was just amazing - an uncrowded menu with locally sourced produce. Looking forward to going back!

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BigginsBoy
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Spent a very pleasant evening with friends - wishing I'd discovered this place years ago. Food was great - particularly the burger. The Orange Tree's good reputation is spreading. The restaurant is not large and booking was essential to get a table on a Saturday night. Service was slow - which is cool as long as you are there for... More 

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

Thank you BigginsBoy for your review which we really enjoyed reading. You make a good point about booking especially at weekends and thank you for being patient if service was a little slower during the busiest period whilst food is being freshly cooked. Friday and Saturday gets very busy so we point this out on the menu. You're right the... More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Came here with a small group of friends for my birthday meal. I hadn't been before but saw the great reviews on tripadvisor. Great atmosphere and food. I had the seabass for my main which I can definitely recommend! Looking forward to visiting again.

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

Hi there Ellyxo and thank you so much for your fantastic review and recommendation. Great to heasr your group enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you all again very soon! Best wishes Tom. PS Apologies for using your username when I responded to another review (BGJ23). I've asked TA to rectify the error. Meanwhile, next time you book... More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

I tried the special lunchtime menu which is really good value for £12 and were decent-sized portions. The chicken, sweetcorn and chorizo starter is a tasty combination and my mussels in Thai broth was an absolutely delicious dish with gorgeous creamy egg noodles, much like a seafood pasta. One to choose again!

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

Thank you Hazel for your glowing review. The lunchtime menu at £12 is very popular and gives lunchtime diners a chance to enjoy a couple of courses without breaking the bank. I do hope we see you again soon and maybe we can tempt you with our evening and weekend menus also. Best regards Tom. More 

Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We were staying close to the orange tree and decide to eat here on a Saturday night. We arrived early for our booking but we're told our table was ready and the staff were very welcoming. The food was good quality and quite a variety

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

Hello SWA25 and many thanks for taking time to review The Orange Tree. It's nice to hear you liked the variety of dishes available as it's often a challenge to offer a wide range whilst committed to fresh, seasonal and local produce. Hope we see you again when you next stay in the area. Best regards Tom & Sam. More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had an excellent meal on Friday evening with friends, we had to change our booking from 8pm to 8.30pm, which they did without a problem. My lamb was really good, as was the cod cheek starter. I have eaten there before, as a couple, and was similarly impressed, especially with the friendly welcome.

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

Hi Pauline W and thank you for your fantastic review and for bringing friends along too! Glad you enjoyed the "Cheeky Squid" which has become a real signature dish for us and will certainly stay on the new menu when we launch it this month. Do come back and see us soon! Regards Tom More 

hertfordshire
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Having know this pub for many years I was intrigued when I learnt that it had been renovated. After hearing that the new pub/restaurant was very good my husband and I decided to try it for ourselves, we took our 2 friends along with us, we all had a wonderful meal and a great evening. We are both pleased to... More 

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

Hi Victoria006 and thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and that you approve of the renovations we've done. It's particularly pleasing to hear that you feel there is still a friendly pub feel even though all tables are reserved for diners a good deal of the time. Hope we see you all again very soon.... More 

Day
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I have eaten at the Orange tree pub on two occasions recently and on both occasions midweek. On 1 occasion there was only 1 other table of 2 people dining. On the other occasion there were 8 people dining. Last night my husband and I arrived at 7pm and asked to a table and was met with a feeling of... More 

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

Hi Cecelia. Sorry if I made you feel unwelcome which was certainly not my intention. We were fully booked save for the one table I showed you, with 28 of the pre-booked customers arriving from 7pm onwards. I simply suggested we get your order in before the others to avoid a potentially long wait (we put priority on those people... More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Welcoming atmosphere with good service, my wife's lamb shank was tough, the Restaurant changed the meal immediately with profuse apologies, all the rest of the meal was very good.We will definitely be returning.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review The Orange Tree. Your patience on the night and you positive comments here on trip advisor are very much appreciated by all. Best regards Tom. More 

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

2 course meal for £12 and very good too. Smoked chicken that was really tasty followed by bangers and mash. Both really good with attentive service. Will be back for more

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

Thank you KBP1067 for taking the trouble to write a review. It is very much appreciated. Best Regards Tom & Sam 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 12 - 72
  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Our food is freshly cooked by talented chefs using seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible. We cook our own breads, grow our own herbs, butcher our meat and fillet our own fish, most of which is straight from the boat.We take pride that our dishes sometimes take longer to cook than other establishments as they are cooked to order.The place is famly-run, relaxed, casual dining in a clean, bright environment. Hope you can 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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