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 got charged £7,90. For a single gin and tonic served in a plastic warm container. With limited ice. A rediculous price. Will not be going near the place for future rygby matches or social events. Way way overpriced.
What a great pub for pre rugby drinks. An amazing selection of independent IPAs and drinks. Outside BBQ doing burgers and Camden ales! Friendly environment and a great pre match location. Just round the corner is the bus to the ground!
I was slightly nervous about staying above a pub and even more so when I realised it was on the Heathrow flight path but I needn't have worried because the rooms are well soundproofed and for lighter sleepers, they thoughtfully provide you with earplugs! The room was spacious and well designed with some quirky items like an old fashioned telephone giving it a lot of character. There was also air-con which was much appreciated during the heatwave! We didn't have an evening meal there but the breakfast was plentiful and tasty. The location is only a 2 minute walk from Richmond station and there is a handy NCP car-park at the station, plus its only a 15 minute walk to Kew Gardens which we would highly recommend.