SW1, The Orange, Drinks & Dinner

We were in need of a place for a couple of innocent drinks and a light bite.  Let’s call it a “catch up” (a dreary overused term, we’re all guilty ).

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The adorable little square that The Orange is located in is predominantly residential with plethora of gorgeous independent village feel shops. When it’s lit up with Christmas lights as it is at the moment it looks like something from a fairytale.

As it’s only a 10 minute walk from Victoria Station, it’s a cracking stop gap between the bustling SW1E and the calmness Chelsea. ania outside

The Orange offers an informal yet sophisticated bar, a dining room, a brasserie and a boutique B&B – so a really handy place to have in mind.

At the moment it’s decked out with classy Christmas décor which adds a lovely festive shine. wreathAPB SEND

The bar area was fairly loud and busy so we chose to sit in the dining room. An uncrowded restaurant in calm surroundings where you can properly relax and hear eachother speak. Really, it’s posh haute cuisine dining room. Lovely!bar

They’ve an interesting, varied menu. Mostly seasonal, English dishes with aged slow cooked meats and market fish. There’s also a five-strong menu of premium pizzas ‘Prawn, courgette, chilli, Laverstoke Park Farm buffalo ricotta & tapenade’ (£16). The offering does lean toward the more expensive end of casual dining which would be my only critique.1477551_437408096358951_937267892_n

We were too early for our dinner so snacked on portions of Chilli Salt Squid and Triple Cooked Chips which were delicious.squid

Adorably – the tea is served with mini mince pies, such a sweet touch at Christmas time. tea

We lounged about here for a while, it was so cosy we didn’t want to leave. They really make you feel at home, no rushing, hassling or pushiness.

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Clean and cool, it’s a fabulous place, especially as there is nothing similar in this area. The pubs toward Victoria are a little more sport focused shall we say, for the blokes… and the next respectable gastro pub in the other direction would be The Phene which is a 15 minute walk.

With their smart, sophisticated local feel and professional staff – all in all it’s a slick operation, good work – we will be back.

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x The Whistler x

http://www.whistleandbango.com

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