I go to The Orange Tree occasionally out of term time. It’s right opposite Nottingham Trent Uni and it’s justifiably popular with students. It’s in a fantastic location, great for clubbing (so I’m told), and trams just a moment’s stroll away. It’ll be absolutely packed in the evening but at lunchtime, you it’s a serene space and a great place to have breakfast.
I always make a big deal about my aversion to musak, but in the case of The Orange Tree I’ll pipe down. It works! In fact, this is one of those exceptional pubs where background music adds in a good way to the overall experience. Deep comfortable sofas huge mirrors and tasteful artwork make all add to the laid back ambience.
We were tempted by the specials board which included such delights as:
“Masala chicken skewers with cherry tomato, red onion and cucumber salad, toasted pitta and raita for £7.50″
“Mediterranean style fish stew made with hake, sea bass and mackerel served with fresh bread and butter. £7.95.”
They have a fair selection of real ales, but their big thing is cocktails. Here’s a link to their cocktail/drinks menu.
An example of some of their cocktails:
Havana Especial rum & lashings of freshly squeezed lime, topped up with cola.
Long Island Iced Tea
Skyy vodka, Beefeater gin, El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Cointreau & Havana Blanco rum, shaken with fresh lemon juice, topped up with cola & served with fresh lemon.
J&B Rare whisky & Disaronno Amaretto straight poured over ice with the option of cola.
Ypioca Cachaça stirred with muddled lime & sugar served over crushed ice.
These sell for £5.75 or £4.25 with their clubcard. The Orange Tree clubcard is a must if you are a regular visitor, you can get one (ask at the bar) for just a quid and it entitles you, amongst other things, to substantial savings on drinks.
Their other big thing is magnificent rum menu which has no less then 32 unusual, gold, dark, and white rums.
We tried “the Kraken” (40%) which was deliciously smooth and spicy.