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 ).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
x The Whistler x