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.
Garlic Mayonnaise - Lettuce - Tomato - Egg
Billionaires Fish Pie
Lobster - King Prawn - Scallops - Wild Seabass - Tempura Prawns - Panko Squid - Mash - Cheese
Rare Roast Beef
Horseradish - Rocket
As always, everything was superb. The Orange Tree has become our “go-to” place for any special occasion (as well as when the fancy just takes us) it’s served us very well with takeaways during lockdown, but it was so nice to actually go and be served. The food was of course, excellent. Everyone should try it (except when I want a table!)
Great service and food was lovely!
The food is AMAZING! Great service too. We’ll definitely be returning!
Probably the best pub lunch I’ve ever had! Very good value for money!
Had a good meal, I wanted the lemon sole but to fair they didn't say it had bones. Shame it could not be deboned.
Not rushed off the table which was good. A very relaxed lunch.
Lovely friendly restaurant with well priced very good food. Their steaks and fish are worth a visit.
One of the best meals we have had in a while. Was our first time here and the food was exceptional and the service was amazing. We will be returning regularly.
Once again another exceptional meal. Never been disappointed! Staff are super friendly. Lovely ambiance. Felt safe. Can't wait to go back.
We called in on a Monday night for a wedding anniversary dinner, almost by default. We had looked at several places closer to home but most were closed. It was a fortunate accident as our meal was first class and service just right. Being a Monday it was not overcrowded and we could hear ourselves talk which makes a pleasant change.
Not being over-hungry we avoided the steaks but my scallops and my wife's fish cake were spot on. The monkfish and chips was very good and the lobster I am told was excellent although it is actually a lobster tail which is not made clear on the menu.
Our neighbours had the tomahawk steaks which gave me serious food envy, so on that basis we will be going back very soon!
Amazing food & excellent service, we will return!
First time at The Orange Tree as it is local to me & liked the menu. Lovely location & felt at ease when we walked in as I have autism. No pressure to have alcohol. Had the Sunday roast which was absolutely scrumptious. Beef just melted in my mouth, potatoes were perfect & carrots were so nice. I was too full for pudding so had calypso coffee but hubby had cheesecake which was huge & yummy.
Only asked once if we were enjoying our meal which was good as I can’t stand people hovering & not hurried to leave.
Already planning our next visit.
Always beautiful food presented in a highly professional way. It’s always a joy to eat at the Orange Tree and we can’t wait till the next time. The rack of lamb is the best!!
Well worth a visit
I love this pub. The food is amazing. Also the staff are brilliant :)
Very good food. As always.
good food and good service. Staff try very hard in difficult circumstances. A great asset to the community.
Wow, what a fantastic family meal we had in a very warm and welcoming venue. The food was amazing and the staff were very friendly. There were regular diners in there that were also very engaging and overall it was a lovely experience.
Fab birthday meal at the Orange tree, great atmosphere staff were attentive and food was delicious
Our first visit as we were in the area going to the Panto in Harlow. Really lovely menu and everything we had was superb and very well presented. Great with our children too. Thank you.
Excellent meal at the Orange Tree, 3 of us shared 3 from the main platters, chateaubriand, burger and lobster and mixed seafood dish which came in a tomato based sauce. All 3 dishes were nicely cooked amd presented and with a total of 6 sides included which featured tempura prawns, battered squid, homemade garlic bread, peas, beans and fries food was plentiful! 3 of us shared 2 desserts and bill was reasonable for such a great night out. Will definitely be back soon.
Amazing food that is very reasonably priced. Portions are huge! Staff are all wonderful. One of my favourite places to eat.
Food was fantastic. The Billionaires fish pie was quite honestly the best fish pie I’ve ever had. My partners ribeye steak was also superb. Great food, great service and nice cosy atmosphere. Will def be going back.
Lunch with a bestie .. eat repeat .. will be back .. absolutely fab xx
Excellent gastropub. This time we had the 2 for £20 lunch offer. Great value.
Superb! The choice and quality of food was excellent.
Just perfect !! food was so good and staff very friendly definitely be back again soon
Lovely atmosphere, great food and really helpful, friendly team. Will definitely be back.
Lovely, cosy atmosphere, fantastic food, generous portions and friendly, helpful staff. Great night out, we will definitely go again.
Along with Greg the team are so on the ball. Eager to make you feel welcome and the food is second to none I’ve been too in a long time. Already booked for this Sunday and hope to enjoy going there for a long time to come in the future x x. Just amazing. X x x
Fantastic Vegetarian Roast. Probably the best we have had. Highly recommend.
Restaurant was excellent but bookable table had booked too many tables so the manager was very embarrassed to tell us we could only have a table for an hour and a half not 2 1/2 hours but would fully recommend the orange tree have booked direct with them for the next time!
Great food. A bit pricey but its different to a normal pub and more top restaurant quality
staff were welcoming and friendly ! Food was Amazing ! you will not go home hungry! would recommend to everyone !
2nd visit and it didn’t disappoint! Menu change was great another nice option for me as a vegetarian. Friend had the lobster both delighted with the food.
Great food, beautifully presented & all dishes were delicious. Generous portions & good wine selection. Can thoroughly recommend this friendly place & looking am very much looking forward to another visit soon!
Well cooked and very enjoyable food, unfortunately served on cold plates. Ambiance was spoiled by a noisy group swearing and loudly using phones.
Will visit again as previously the food and ambiance were excellent
First visit to the Orange Tree for some time having in previous years been a regular diner. New (to me) menu was varied and all the dishes we had were well presented and of good quality. Am booked to return already so that should say it all!
The staff were outstanding friendly and professional
The food was ok, felt the fish was undercooked for myself and my husband. Portions were large, and vegetables were extra, would have been better to have smaller portions that included veg.
Clean and welcoming atmosphere, but sound travelled and could hear other people’s conversations
Superb food in a relaxed friendly environment. Will definately be trying the take away service during lockdown and using the farm
Good food, friendly staff and all safeguards necessary for a safe and enjoyable visit..
The Orange Tree offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01279 722485.
The Orange Tree is rated 4.8 stars by 364 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.