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The Orange Tree

15 October 11 words: Alison Emm
The hand-cut chips were stacked like the chefs had been playing Jenga with them
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The Orange Tree

Set on the corner of North Sherwood Street and Shakespeare Street, the Tree has been an active participant in Nottingham publife for nearly a decade, but it also delivers a fine selection of tucker served daily from 12-7pm. As a bar, it pulls off the trick of being impressively spacious without feeling barn-like. As a place to eat, it’s even better; the large, airy interior has both standard tables for proper dining and more snack-friendly sofas and coffee tables. You need to be comfortable, because picking your way through the menu could take ages of dithering; the sarnie section of the menu looked proper tasty and filling, with posh fish fingers, fennel-spiced belly of pork and warm brie and red onion chutney on offer.

Burgers are an eternal staple of all pub menus, so they have to be a little bit special to catch your eye.  Orange Tree serve up a burger of the week (£8.50) and a lamb burger (£8.95) but I went for the vegetarian extravaganza of sweet potato, halloumi and coriander. Served with hand-cut chips that were stacked like the chefs had been playing Jenga with them and focaccia bread, the burger zinged with the contrast of the sweet potatoes and coriander – and the halloumi was so finely blended into the mix that there was not one squeak on my teeth during the whole eating experience. But it was the homemade coleslaw which stole the (sides) show: apple, purple cabbage, onion and mayonnaise. Oh my! I normally hate coleslaw, but I could have eaten a bucket of this.

My friend was concerned that the mini beef meatballs (£6.95) sounded a little paltry.  Mini? Were they ‘eck; each the size of a really large conker, there was about ten of them sat in a rich lemon, tomato and chilli sauce with a garlic ciabatta. The delicately flavoured sauce had no overpowering elements and there was plenty for each meatball.  Unable to quite finish, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality - and portion sizes.  We decided to go halves on a homemade scone with clotted cream and jam.  A perfect afternoon treat; crumbly but not dry, no skimping on the cream and jam, with two fat strawberries on the side. These can be purchased as a dessert or as part of an afternoon tea with a cheeky choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic teas (£3.95).

The menu is updated quarterly to allow for seasonal dishes so there’s no chance of getting bored of what’s on offer. The OT really sets a standard with its food befitting its status as the upmarket bar in Trentville, from light bites to substantial mains including a cracking Sunday roast, we’re told. If you’re a fresher, and your parents are still hanging around and giving you grief, the least they can do is take you here for one last proper meal before you start living out of the kebab shop next door.

38 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ. Tel: 0115 947 3239

Orange Tree website

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