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The Orange Tree, Winchmore Hill, N21

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
18 Highfield Road
N21
N21 3HA
Phone: 02083604853
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Orange Tree

This is a large traditional side street pub, with a broad U-shaped interior layout, opened up from what would once have been a multiple room set-up. Corner doors at either end of the now, main bar area, lead into a spacious carpeted room with a nice tongue and groove panelled counter with pleasing curved ends and a high mirrored bar back. Each end of the bar retains a section of the original gantry, now liberally decorated with pump clips, whilst the bar back is topped with a great Toby jug collection, horse brasses, an old Littlewoods FA Cup champagne bottle and various bits of Arsenal memorabilia. Long banquettes span the length of the front wall, under net curtained windows with dusty old ornaments and lamp's on their sills. Tables and low stools stand over to the right, under a huge pull-down screen showing live football with the sound on, whilst a smaller screen next to it showed coverage of the Ryder Cup. The room runs back a fair way on this side, into a compact seating area with comfy options in a partly wood panelled space decorated with brewery and distillery mirrors, traditional paintings and various porcelain items. Meanwhile, over to the left, high tables and stools encircle a brick fireplace with nice wood surround packed with a mix of vases and clocks. There is a dartboard to one side and also another TV screen showing the same football match. Through to the rear on this side is a separate games room, dominated by a centrally positioned pool table, with chairs stacked up in one corner. There is a lot more porcelain in this room, plus cigarette card collections and various mirrors. The door to the Gents doubles up as access to a pleasant, tree-lined beer garden.
There was a choice of three ales here - St Austell Proper Job, Greene King IPA and an Orange Tree house beer of unknown provenance - with the fourth pump unused. The Proper Job set me back £4.20 and was very tasty, served to me by a friendly barmaid. Despite the attraction of one of the biggest fixtures of the season, the pub was almost empty, which was a real shame, as I can imagine a good, lively evening in here with a decent crowd.
This is another excellent, relatively unspoiled local's boozer in this neighbourhood. I though the interior, with its somewhat unfashionable decor and traditional furnishings created an evocative, nostalgic environment which was easy to settle down into and enjoy some of the well kept beer. The ale range may put some off enjoying an extended visit, but the quality was high enough to warrant more than the quick pint I was able to afford it. A good bet in this part of town if you're after a proper old fashioned boozer.

On 13th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Orange Tree

I am a big fan of the traditional pub and especially when it's a back street boozer, like this one. It's the sort of pub where you can sit back and relax over a decent pint of beer and stay here for a couple of hours. It also looked very inviting on approach on a dark winters evening, with the two original Taylor Walker lamps lit. Four beers on handpump on our visit, which were St Austell Proper Job, Orange Tree Landlord's Choice, GK Flounders Fields and GK IPA. We went for the Proper Job, which was a well kept pint. This is a well supported locals pub and one of the regulars had made jars of homemade pickled onions for sale on a shelf near the entrance. If I had known, I would have bought a jar and brought in a lump of cheddar and some crusty bread.

On 4th November 2018 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Orange Tree

A proper old school boozer,tucked away close to The New River.Entering via the corner door,the L shaped interior has a long bench running along underneath the front window,and two wings either side of the bar .The one to the right has a vast collection of plates on the wall,and a coal affect gas fire in the pleasant surround.The wood panelling is attractive and the carpet homely,while the frosted glass is much in keeping with the furniture dating back to the 70's and gives the pub an air of serenity.There was a warm ,chatty welcome from behind the bar and both the muzak and the flatscreen showing BT Sport were on very sensible volumes.
At the bar there are 4 handpumps offering GK IPA,their seasonal Grubber Pale,a Landlord's Choice of unknown provenance and New River Riverbed Red (£4) on top form,fully justifying the GBG listing despite the boring nature of the other ales offered on my trip.
Worth a visit to sample the traditional atmosphere,this is a good reminder of pubs in which I began my drinking career many moons ago.The interior is almost worthy of a CAMRA national inventory listing.

On 9th March 2017 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Winchmore Hill, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Palmers Green, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Grange Park, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
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4th May 2019, 12:16
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4th May 2019, 12:16
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky and BT Sports - last updated 09 March 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 24 July 2013 by Steve of N21
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - toilets ground floor - last updated 08 January 2017 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 December 2016 by Quinno _
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