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The Orange Tree, Chelmsford Central, Chelmsford

6 Lower Anchor Street
Chelmsford
CM2 0AS
Phone: 01245262664
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Orange Tree

Another of Chelmsford’s excellent back street boozers, this one has a nice two bar set up with each room having a very different feel to it. The left hand side of the pub is the public bar – a bare boarded room with a fairly standard bar counter in the rear right corner. The room has been filled with standard furniture – simple tables and chairs opposite the bar and decent banquettes in the open space to the left supplemented with a few upturned barrels for vertical drinkers to rest their pint on. There is a small fireplace on one wall, hidden behind a blackboard that has been propped up on the hearth, and the walls are decorated with lot of rugby themed photos and posters for rugby themed beers. I spotted a dartboard to the rear left next to some eye-catching Charington and Belhaven mirrors and there was a TV screen on showing live cricket. A corridor lined with framed rugby shirts and other such memorabilia runs behind the bar, past the toilets, to the right hand room – a smart lounge bar with plush red carpet, a nice plaster fireplace and lots more standard seating which looked ideal for anyone wanting to eat. There was also a TV screen in this room, but it remained turned off. The locals were very welcoming and I was quickly wrapped up in conversation about the cricket and the evening’s big McGregor vs Mayweather fight.
The landlord apparently used to run the nearby Queens Head before defecting here and it seems that a passion for well kept real ale has followed him over. On handpull we had Dark Star Hophead, Plain Sheep Dip and IPA, St Peter’s Old Style Porter, Oakham Bishop’s Farewell and Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde Mild. I’ve always been a big fan of Plain Ales beers, so I opted for the Sheep Dip, served up by a friendly barmaid and in outstanding condition.
I found this an incredibly friendly and welcoming pub with comfortable surrounds and some really excellent beer. I thought this was the sort of pub I could easily imagine losing a great many hours in and was sorely tempted to stay on and try out a few more beers, but the call of the crawl dragged me away. A great little pub and a good place to centre a crawl of the local backstreet pubs around.

On 6th November 2017 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Orange Tree

Another excellent pub and only a 1 mins walk from the Queens Head. This is another well run pub serving good beers. The interior consists of a medium sized L shaped bar with tables set out for dining. Also a large lounge to the right, the bar was brightly lit with light coloured timbers, flooring and tables and chairs all on the same theme. Seven ales on, I went for the St Peters Ruby ale.

On 17th June 2012 - rating: 9
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Gill Smith left this review about The Orange Tree

This was the third of 6 2011 Good Beer Guide pubs we visited on 23.12.10. Went into the bar area which was full of folk having their pre xmas drinks and there was a noisy atmosphere. Selected Sharps Abbey Christmas and Mighty Oak Captain Bob, and went round the bak of the bar and found the quieter lounge area. They sometimes have live entertainment.

On 2nd January 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Chelmsford, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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6th Nov 2017, 18:55
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9th Mar 2017, 11:32
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 December 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by john mcgraw
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
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