The Orange Tree
What We Love
- A cosy Richmond pub with boutique rooms and great food – includes breakfast
- Being able to get into the heart of central London in less than half an hour by train
- Arriving to find a warm welcome, great food and boutique rooms
- Staying within half an hour’s stroll of Twickenham and round the corner from Richmond Park
What To Know
- The rotating restaurant menu is seasonal
- Located in a charming neighborhood just outside London
- A flight path goes directly over the hotel, so bring earplugs to drown out the sound of planes
With food firmly at the heart of The Orange Tree, what was once a South London rugby boozer has received a stylish makeover. While it hasn’t lost any of its laid-back, sporting charm, it’s certainly gone up in the sophistication stakes. This inviting pub is now a gorgeous place to stay – with a menu to match.
Each one of its 13 boutique rooms has individual style, while a colour palette of antique white, olive green and striking teal ties them all together beautifully. Think roll-top baths and antique-style furniture, with cheerful fabrics dressing the windows and beds. You even get your own Sky HD box with complimentary movies and sport – so if you feel like hiding away for an afternoon, you won’t struggle for viewing choices.
Located within a short amble of Richmond Train Station, The Orange Tree is in a great spot if your plan is to revel in the sights, sounds and attractions of central London – keeping it all reassuringly at arm’s length, with calming Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace right on the doorstep.
Totalling just 13, the rooms at The Orange Tree are as well thought out as they are stylish. Expect to find flatscreen TVs with satellite channels as well as complimentary toiletries and Wi-Fi. Each boutique room offers individual charm, with antique white, muted olive and vibrant teal hues and pieces of antique-style furniture running throughout.
Starting the day with anything from a full English to fresh fruit and granola, you can make steady progress towards the lunch menu featuring the likes of charcuterie boards and their veggie equivalents and lemongrass-fed beef salad. In the evening, you’ll find menus that rotate in time with the seasons, offering dishes incorporating locally sourced ingredients. Try the warm grain mustard potato salad with smoked haddock carpaccio and curried potato froth.
The leafy, affluent London suburb of Richmond gives you space to escape the hum of the city. You’ll find greenery in spades, from the carefully cultivated plant life of Kew Gardens to the sprawling parklands of Richmond Park – home to city-dwelling deer. With Waterloo around 20 minutes away by train, you can be in the city in next to no time, exploring everything from the shops of Oxford Street to performance venues like the Royal Albert Hall.
How to Get There
I haven’t been to The Orange Tree since last November when I had a bad experience regarding customer service. I thought I would try it again and have a Sunday lunch with my mother on Mother’s Day.
We always sit in the bar area when eating there and there were menus out on the tables there. When we looked at the menu the Sunday roasts were not on it.
I asked the barman why and he said he would check with the manager. The barman returned saying that Sunday roasts were only being served in the restaurant part of the pub.
I was initially taken aback but then asked why this was the case if the rest of the menu was available in the bar area and they were cooking Sunday roasts. He didn’t know and the manager didn’t come out to explain.
I then asked whether we could eat in the restaurant area then but this was fully booked apparently even though the pub seemed quiet at the time (12.15pm)
The Customer service in this pub is appalling and i’m not sure why Young’s do not try to improve it as I find most of their other pubs in the area fine.
If somebody from the orange tree could now give me a logical reason why Sunday roasts can be served if eating in the restaurant part of the pub but not in the bar area which is an eating area too and had menus on the table I would be grateful.
Oh and thanks for spoiling Mother’s days for my mother.
We stayed for one night in Room 11 on a Sunday for a birthday treat. The room is a feature double which had a luxury bed and with a stand alone bath at the bottom. The Orange Tree feels boutique and you would never know there was a pub below it unless you choose to. The pub seemed nice but we did not drink here. Lots of lovely and well thought out features, such as Nespresso machine, teapot and cups with organic teabags. There is also a spacious bathroom with shower. We had a fantastic staycation close to home.
Lovely rooms above the pub and a huge bathroom with a walk-in shower. Half bottle of wine waiting for you and great customer service. I was a few minutes late for breakfast but staff were eager to please and arrange a breakfast with the chef.
We stayed at The Orange Tree for one night on the 2nd Feb.
The facilities are great. Food delicious and staff incredibly attentive and friendly.
My one and only criticism is that our room could have done with a little TLC!
Damp mark on the ceiling and tape covering something. There was also strangely some blue tack above the bed.
The room was spotlessly clean and beautiful - just let down by the issues above.
Would definitely stay again though!
Walked into a warm cozy pub on a frosty morning, big smiles everywhere. Ordered the "Holly gunn" breakfast, then found out it was actually this same very Holly gunn who made the breakfast!! Amazing.the morning staff member on shift was very friendly not to mention absolutely stunning, will definitely visit again,ive heard this place has the best rugby crowd in London? Only downside of the vist was bastille being played alot. Like ALOT!!