A Public House In The Truest Sense Of The Term (Or - Why I Ended Up Wanting To Live In The Orange Tree)
OK so some people may think I am a bit fussy about places I go in for the purpose of consuming food and drink but I think I have finally found somewhere to rival Taps (I reviewed that bar elsewhere in this blog).
Ironically, The Orange Tree Public House (and Restaurant) is situated almost opposite the worst place in Leicester for people with sight problems. In fact, I was tempted to struggle into Bruxelles, on High Street in Leicester, and drag the staff to The Orange Tree so they could be shown exactly how to make people like me feel welcome in their premises.
I had learned bout The Orange Tree on Twitter. A quick look at their website proved inviting. The photo on the website showed that the place wasn't crowded with furniture, as well as being reasonably well lit.
When I walked in to the building I realised the website hadn't told me the full story.
I didn't have to peer at a menu or "Specials Board" with tiny writing which had been glued to some obscure wall behind the bar.
Even I had no trouble reading this Board
The staff were friendly. There was one thing which I was half-expecting them to serve though. There is a brand of alcoholic drink which I really think would have been a nice twist - "Oranjeboom" is "Orangetree" in Dutch.
I admit you may have a bit of difficulty getting a wheelchair in the building - unless they move one of the tables out of the accessible doorway - but it is only one reasonably shallow step.
My secod biggest bugbear - after having to peer at menus on walls - is not being able to navigate my way around a room comfortably. This is either because the lighting leaves a lot to be desired or because the managers have decided to squeeze as many customers in as possible (and cluttered the place up with excessive furniture).
The Orange Tree is bright and roomy - to the point where I could imagine successfully crossing from the bar to my table with a tray in my hands without damaging myself or anything else.
View towards Entrance
A nice wide corridor between the bar and the seating areas.
The food appeared to be entirely cooked on the premises as well.
If you know me by now you will realise that I like places with a bit of a twist - and this one has got a very nice twist (I think it is nice anyway). It is found behind the bar.
Well, my sense of humour thought an orange fridge freezer behind the bar was a nice touch anyway.
There was one final thing I was pleasantly surprised by. I had entered the building during daylight hours and - to be totally honest - I was prepared to be blinded as I left the building due to it being dark. Put it this way - I have enough experience of coming out of buldings which have cosy interiors only to be blinded by searchlight-strength illuminations to last me a lifetime.
The Orange Tree is as understated on the outside as it is on the inside.
External view of The Orange Tree, High Street, Leicester, at night.
I am pleased I decided to investigate this little gem. It exceeded my expectations.
If you want somewhere cosy to eat reasonably priced homecooked food - head for The Orange Tree.