The Orange Tree
The Orange Tree in Nottingham is part of a small group of pubs and restaurants with other venues in Leicester and Loughborough, including The Smokehouse and The Lansdowne in Leicester (also part of our recommended network).
Nottingham’s Orange Tree has – like its sister bar-restaurants – a laidback atmosphere, an independent ethos and is run by a team who are passionate about creating welcoming, carefully designed pubs that focus on good service and high quality food and drink.
Focusing on traditional British pub food – elegantly cooked and served – it has a menu that changes monthly to reflect what’s in season. Head chef Chris Slocombe and his team work with locally produced ingredients, including bread from Basford Bakery, salad leaves from farmer John McDonald, based just outside Nottingham at Woodborough, and meat from Leicestershire-based family butchers Mark Patrick.
“The recent trend has been to offer street food, but we wanted to buck that and focus on great-tasting British pub food,” says Chris.
“However, we add an Orange Tree twist by giving our dishes a touch of elegance and finesse. For example, our pan-fried chicken breast is served with saffron potatoes, wilted gem lettuce, and pea and bacon broth.”
Other example dishes include OT Pie of the Week with buttered mash, spring cabbage and stout gravy; slow-roast lamb shoulder with warm broad bean pea and mint salad and crumbled feta; mushroom and asparagus risotto with deep-fried crispy (but still runny) egg, mushroom ketchup and garlic crisps; plus baked salmon with pesto crust, roast tomato coulis and lemon and dill potatoes.
The Orange Tree is committed to meeting the needs of diners with dietary requirements and its menu features a good number of gluten-free mains and vegetarian dishes.