The Orange Tree has managed to find a beautiful balance between contemporary and classic, and you'd never guess it was part of a chain.
It's a perfect place for either a quiet drink or an altogether more rowdy but slightly sophisticated night out.
As it sits opposite the Nottingham Trent University, The Orange Tree enjoys a healthy amount of undergraduate custom. Because of this and the fact that the students here always seem to have an enviable amount of disposable cash, The Orange Tree is always busy.
It’s a big place with plenty of comfy sofas to sink into and tables to sit down and enjoy a meal. There are a few different seating sections, which makes it easy to find a quiet corner.
They accommodate smokers too, with a lovely little beer garden to the back of the premises. The decor has a cool, retro feel to it, with subtle lamp lighting, old leather sofas and groovy art all over the walls.
Students make up a decent part of the trade and most of the crowd is under the age of 35. The atmosphere always appears relaxed and cool, but without being pretentious, and as such it's easy for anyone to walk in and feel comfortable.
The staff seem to be the kind that take pride in their work and they will be more than happy to recommend something that you may not have otherwise tried. There is - as in most places - the odd member of staff that seems a bit grumpy, but if you can see past that, then you will find a great standard of service.
This is typical, modern day pub grub. While keeping it real with some British classics like bangers and mash (£5.95) and fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce (£6.95), they also offer a good selection of Mediterranean fare such as the sweet potato and halloumi burger £6.25.
The food is fresh and the portions hearty. This is certainly the perfect place to sit and nurse your hangover over a delicious Sunday roast. Sadly though, food is not served in the evening.
The Orange Tree doesn't advocate the use of cheap, profit-hiking spirits, and instead uses quality brands such as Stolichnaya and Bombay Sapphire.
They have an awesome selection of beers both on draught and in bottles, offering things such as Stowford Press, Leffe Blonde, Belle Vue Kriek and for all those former Brosettes out there - proper bottles of Grolsch with the pop tops. The best thing is they’re all served as cold as they should be.
While in no way claiming to be a cocktail bar, they do have an extensive list on offer, and while they may not be as good as the more specialist bars in the Lace Market, they certainly do the trick.
The Last Word
A visit to The Orange Tree is recommended, it has a lovely atmosphere and it's somewhere you can completely relax.