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“Could have been good.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Orange Tree

The Orange Tree
16 King Street, Hereford, England
01432 343400
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Ranked #40 of 210 restaurants in Hereford
Price range: $33 - $51
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Could have been good.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Went on a Tuesday night and sat at the rear of the restaurant. My wife fancied the pork fillet but for dietary reasons has to avoid cream and soft cheese. The menu description mentioned neither but to be doubly sure she checked with the waitress. The waitress took the menu from her and read out loud the description of the pork dish verbatim. I presume she thought my wife couldn't read! When pressed on whether the dish contained cream or cheese she opted to placate us with a hesitant 'no'. We ordered scallops with chorizo. They arrived on a slate rather than a plate which was, excuse the pun, stone cold. This meant the scallops were tepid at best. The waitress never returned to ask if we were ok so we decided to plough on, even tepid it was a good dish. If it had been hot it would have been a world beater! I pointed this out to the waitress she said she would raise the issue with the chef. If she did she didn't let us know what he said. An elderly gent sat at the table next to us, studying the wine list. He asked the waitress a question about the Chardonnay, she took the list from him and read him the description out loud, presumably thinking she'd got another non reading customer! The pork arrived, and guess what, covered in a creamy Dijon sauce. Again no one returned to check we were ok so my wife scraped off the sauce and carried on. I had a steak which was Ok but not outstanding. The stars of the show were the home made chips and the peppercorn sauce wasn't bad either. We were never asked if everything was alright or not so paid and left, £70 lighter and none the wiser as to why the scallops were cold. Pity really because whoever made the scallop dish can certainly cook.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“In the Sunshine!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Lovely sunny Saturday lunchtime, did not want to miss the one day of British summer! We were visiting the Cathedral to see the mappa mundi and gardens. Saw they had outside seating at the front and this is want attracted us to them, walked into a lovely old building full of character, then noticed they had a secluded walled garden at the rear, lovely little sun trap at this time of the day and kept the small breeze off us. As we were between two tours, we only had an hour and half, but were delighted to find service was efficient, friendly and quick but not rushed. Plenty of GF options on the menu. My wife had carved ham, chips and two perfectly cooked fried eggs,( I can testify to the eggs, no way she would have eaten two! ) I went for the 8oz steak, now I like mine rare, and I got it, beautiful. With lovely grill toms on the vine, large sauteed mushroom, nice chips and a bit of flamboyancy, fried rocket. Cost just @£25 with two drinks and a jug of water. Would I go again YES.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lyonshall
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“Hereford's Very Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We moved to Hereford from Cheshire over 10 years ago and thought we would never again find a really good local restaurant ... now we have found The Orange Tree, Michelin star it is not ... it is far far better !!!
On our anniversary dinner 28th May we had good simple food not messed around by 'Michelin' chefs determined to play about with excellent ingredients and make them unreconisable.
Every course was outstanding, the welcome was genuine, the service was superb.
Our steaks were the best ever - even Mortons Steak House in Hollywood LA could not quite meet this level of achievement.
Having dined in excellent restaurants in over 50 countires, I really must rate The Orange Tree as one of the very best !!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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worcestershire
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A nice pleasant restaurant which is a good mixture of modern and old. A good choice of original dishes on the menu (the roasted fig starter was excellent). It didn’t set the world on fire but it was faultless for the money and the service was the best.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Orange Zest in Hereford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Called in on the hop on the Friday night not having booked and straight away made to feel very welcome. Had a wonderful meal my husband had the snails as a starter which were lovely if a bit unusual. They were very accomodating of my dietary needs as a vegetarian and pescatarian and the overall culinary experience was excellent, so much so we tried to book for the following night and were disappointed when they said they were full but took our phone number and luckily enough they rang about an hour later and managed to fit us in. The experience on Saturday night was equal to Friday. The Orange Tree is a must for anyone visiting Hereford and we will definately be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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