The Orange Tree

4.7
355 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
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 learning his craft both in this country and throughout the world.
Our menu combines the best of modern fine dining and delicious takes on Great British pub classics. All of our food is prepared fresh in house to Gareth’s own recipes.

We also boast a daily changing specials board which features fresh fish caught from UK day boats, so there is always something new to try at the Orange Tree.

The philosophy at the Orange Tree is simple – good honest fresh food, strong flavours and beautifully presented.With carefully considered drinks and friendly staff this is a place where you can be comfy, relaxed, enthused, inspired, welcomed and looked-after.

What 355 people are saying
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James
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best pub lunch I’ve ever had! Very good value for money!

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WendyS
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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tomw
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly restaurant with well priced very good food. Their steaks and fish are worth a visit.

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GeorgiaJ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DawnS
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again another exceptional meal. Never been disappointed! Staff are super friendly. Lovely ambiance. Felt safe. Can't wait to go back.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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!

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Keren
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food & excellent service, we will return!

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JaineC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JamesM
London
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth a visit

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this pub. The food is amazing. Also the staff are brilliant :)

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AlexanderB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. As always.

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SteveW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

good food and good service. Staff try very hard in difficult circumstances. A great asset to the community.

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SofaBearDel
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DebN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab birthday meal at the Orange tree, great atmosphere staff were attentive and food was delicious

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vipNicholaK
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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KEVINH
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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MazK
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food that is very reasonably priced. Portions are huge! Staff are all wonderful. One of my favourite places to eat.

MK
MichelleK
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with a bestie .. eat repeat .. will be back .. absolutely fab xx

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NeilB
London
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gastropub. This time we had the 2 for £20 lunch offer. Great value.

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Moggieplus
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! The choice and quality of food was excellent.

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SamanthaA
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect !! food was so good and staff very friendly definitely be back again soon

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Emma
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food and really helpful, friendly team. Will definitely be back.

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DawnG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, cosy atmosphere, fantastic food, generous portions and friendly, helpful staff. Great night out, we will definitely go again.

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sarahp
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Unkn
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Vegetarian Roast. Probably the best we have had. Highly recommend.

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LorraineW
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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sylview
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A bit pricey but its different to a normal pub and more top restaurant quality

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Knowlesy88
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

staff were welcoming and friendly ! Food was Amazing ! you will not go home hungry! would recommend to everyone !

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Josh
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ChrisF
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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

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KEVINH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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!

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kimD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

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

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DawnS
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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MickB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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Josh
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 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.

FAQs

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

The Orange Tree is rated 4.7 stars by 355 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 reservations at the moment.