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
Around ten staff behind the bar yesterday on rugby day, and not one iPhone charger between them?
If this was really true, a couple of chargers available to customers would be a great idea.
Also would be good to have a band or music on rugby days (or any day!) to keep customers once the games have finished.
If you want a pub to go to before the rugby then this is the place. Have been before about ten years ago and just as good. Great atmosphere and quick service.
We managed to get the snug in the corner which was ideal.
We visited on 11/11/18 for Sunday Lunch, we have been before, live local and have enjoyed the delicious food and attentive service. However this visit as usual the food was excellent, no complaints their but the service was absolutely diabolical, we had a table booked in the restaurant area and were shown to it on arrival but other than bringing the food to the table the "so called table service" stopped there and then. We were not asked if we wanted any drinks, we were not brought a menu, we were not asked if we wanted a desert or coffee. We had to go to the bar to ask for our first round of drinks and to order our food, at this time i mentioned the lack of service politely to the barman ( I say Barman but really just a young boy). After waiting for what seemed to be a considerable time my partner went to the service counter to ask where our starters were and again mentiontioned the lack of service. We were then offered a free drink and in fact weren't charged for any drinks at all! (great you might think, but this did nothing to enhance our experience and certainly didn't help the pub proffits!).
There were around 5 or 6 staff at least when we arrived and the pub was very quiet with only two or three other tables occupied in the restaurant area so the staff to customer ratio was very high. The staff were more interested in hanging around the bar talking to each other and polishing the cutlery and folding serviettes whilst they chatted to each other. We noticed the other tables waiting for significant times to get the attention of a waiter/waitress.
As i said at the beginning the food was excellent,to be fair the staff were very polite but just not paying attention to their job, no thought about the customer experience and this is a real shame for a lovely pub with great food (the kitchen obviously knows what it is doing).
Management please please sort this as it must be affecting your profits and ultimately your popularity, i have already seen a number of bad reviews on tripadvisor now that i have looked.
Went as a group of 3 for Sunday roast. Ordered toast with one of the starters and it came about 10 mins after starter arrived
Ordered 2 roast beef and 1 roast chicken. 2 beef arrived and were luke warm. Chicken did not materialise even after being told it was on its way. Eventually we downed cutlery and refused to pay for meal only drinks.
They apologised saying there was a mix up in the kitchen
Bad bad service and bad bad staff
They served me flat Peroni
When I asked for new one the barmed said to her colleague just empty half and full for him his drink
That it's professional yah