The Orange Tree

4.7
320 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Welcome to The Orange Tree,

Located just a short drive or a ten minute walk from the centre of Sawbridgeworth, the Orange Tree is a beacon of relaxed fine dining nestled in a delightful corner of the English countryside.

The menu is created by Chef/Patron Gareth Davies who brings many years of experience to the kitchen both in this country and throughout the world.

Our main menu combines the best of modern fine dining and delicious takes on pub classics and all of our food is prepared fresh in house to Gareth’s own recipes. Daily trips to the butchers and fresh deliveries from trusted quality suppliers every day mean that everything on your plate is fresh, homemade and to the highest possible standard.
What 320 People Are Saying
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DawnS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Superb food in a relaxed friendly environment. Will definately be trying the take away service during lockdown and using the farm

MB
MickB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly staff and all safeguards necessary for a safe and enjoyable visit..

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Josh
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner with outstanding service, the gnocchi and the camembert went down a treat!

Maybe a couple more vege options would have been nice

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Great food, friendly relaxed service, generous portions and all was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and was great to have the pop up farm shop next door, we all made purchases there and received the same great service. We were celebrating my dads 79th birthday and the small touches like the card signed by all the staff were lovely and made his day, thank you all. Looking forward to coming back as soon as we can after lockdown!

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SteveW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and exceptional service. This is the best restaurant in the area.
pity about the lockdown but something to look forward to in December. They have been supportive through the COVID crisis they deserve to win.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff great, experience great , food excellent, will definitely be going back after lock down. It’s just a shame they have to close again. Good luck to you all and thank you.

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JonV
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious , and service was excellent.
Overall a very lovely meal.

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seant
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I always want to go back to try different items on the menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening celebrating a family birthday - delicious food and great service. Thank you.

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TonyM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wife’s 70th birthday 🥳 so was a big day. Greeted and shown to our table on arrival. Great menu so hard to choose. Meal can only be described as 5 ⭐️ thanks to all the staff for making us feel special

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Steve
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant, evening, good food,good service, would reccomend and would return.

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vipStycks
London
35 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent menu and delicious food.

Service was first class.

Parking easy.

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RobertH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was creative, good portion sizes and very tasty. Fairly posh pub food. Good drinks selection, and friendly, efficient staff. Only slight downside was it was expensive.

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MichaelC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always with a friendly polite service

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Vicky
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This was a nice pub but the food was more style over substance, it looked amazing but I wouldn’t go rushing back. The restaurant was also quite cold, no fire place and I don’t think the heating was on. We didn’t have a starter as nothing ‘jumped’ out at us, we had the pork for main which certainly had the wow factor when it came out to the table, but it was difficult to eat (out of a pan), the pork scratchings were soft, the gravy just didn’t taste nice, the best thing in the pan was the dauphinois potatoes! I had the chocolate brownie for dessert, now just some vanilla ice cream on the side would have been absolutely fine but there was also a toffee sauce in a chocolate box, chocolate sauce, ice cream with a chocolate dome and then a Cadbury’s flake, just too many types of chocolate, sometimes the simplest things are the best. The staff were lovely, but we weren’t shown the specials board, we only knew about it after we’d ordered as we heard the waitress tell the other table. One of the toilets was blocked (they may not have known) and the other had a broken toilet seat so I nearly fell off! We won’t go rushing back but I’m glad we tried it.

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KeithAB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit in a week , very Good Quality and service .

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Bean
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal with special mention for the roast beef and a good, varied choice of vegetables
Good care had been taken to meet Covid protection but as you would expect screens do not add to the ambience
As always quality service combined with high quality food made for another very enjoyable time at the Orange Tree
Five star recommendation

JS
JodieS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic restaurant, excellent quality products and generous portion sizes.
It was our anniversary and they went above and beyond to make us feel special, they gave us x2 free glasses for
Prosecco and a card which was a lovely touch!
All of the food is homemade and nothing is reheated, it’s all fresh and a brilliant and varied menu. We will 100% be coming back here.

CM
CharlotteM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday roast! Service and everything just great!

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VivienT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it can’t wait to go back we had such a lovely evening out with friends and I would recommend going there for a meal to everyone

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LouiseH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at the Orange Tree, excellent service, made to feel very welcome no matter how busy they are - highly recommend them.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, perfect place to try decent British food. The pub vibe very old fashioned in a bad way too light interior for the pub fake flowers on the table felt like a bad restaurant interior rather then a pub. Poor beer selection. Service very nice and all in all worth a food focused visit.

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WendyWoo
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were meeting as three couples meeting up from three counties, and the Orange Tree was almost in the middle. The food was well presented, delicious and with generous portions. The service was excellent from friendly waitresses. The restaurant seemed Covid secure with Perspex in most places, except there were just open spindles between our table of six and the couple sat next to us. Other than that we loved our visit and hope to return 😊

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RayA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visited for lunch, and we split equally between the 2 for £20 menu, and the main menu. Everybody was very happy with their food, especially the seafood risotto and the fish pie. The room was well organised with the correct Covid-19 precautions. It appeared to be fully booked so there was a buzz, without any loud tables.

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CG82
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good menu selection, very extensive roast options, friendly service, a little chilly in the restaurant (could have done with the fire alight) and had run out of sticky toffee pudding when we came to order dessert which was a little disappointing but didn't detract from a very enjoyable lunch with great portion sizes and delicious food and presentation. This is a little gem and highly recommended.

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SteveW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food and excellent service. The menu is for everyone with some to suit every desire. I can recommend the lobster truly outstanding. Can’t wait to go again

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PaulaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Sawbridgeworth!Lovely helpful staff

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lukeh
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, polite. The meal was amazing. Definitely recommend the pork belly and the tomahawk steak. Will certainly go back.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at the Orange tree great food overall great evening will return

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Moggieplus
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. As always.Excellent food, friendly service.

JT
JillT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous meal enjoyed by our friend group of 4. We were made to feel very welcome and looked after very well by front of house team. The food was superb, absolutely delicious.
The Orange Tree never fails to provide great food.

RB
RebeccaB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Highly recommend! Service and food for the price is outstanding.

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KirstyT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, 6 of us dined and had a fabulous time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding if you haven’t you should and if you don’t know you should know!

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SamanthaB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service team, will be going back!

DA
DAVIDR
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food as always, a couple of lapses in service maybe becuse they were very busy. Fairly noisy if you wanted a quiet meal for two...

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Mondo
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Although my tomahawk steak was slightly small in comparison to my friends order, it was perfectly cooked and tasted lovely. I was even given a free dessert. Great service all round.

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ChrisS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a little while since I have been to The Orange Tree. On entry not too much seemed to have changed with the surroundings, but the service and the quality of the food has really stepped up a gear. We just ate from the Plat du jour; the prawn cocktail, Tempura Prawns and the steak you won't get better S&F in France, and it was great value.

I am planning my next visit!

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Hugs
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection and food is exceptional Thai Green curry amazing
Very welcoming and friendly definitely be going back for more

CR
ChristopherR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , good service , professional yet friendly staff. Book early too avoid disappointment and missing out on foodie haven well done Gareth and his team 👏😁

FAQs

The Orange Tree offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01279 722485.

The Orange Tree is rated 4.7 stars by 320 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.