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No idea what this place is like because although i work around the corner on the three or four times we have been we have not been able to get served so have retired to the also busy but proper bar staff at the fox around the corner,
Both Punters and bar staff are beautiful but wouldnt want to be stuck in a lift with any of them!!!!!!
jackbar - 4 Jan 2012 15:37
Over rated when it brewed it's own poor CO 2'd ales and now - somewhere for pretentious twats who have (or think they have) a few bob to mill around outside.
anonymous - 13 May 2011 21:29
A place to be seen not to drink. Staff dreadful, beer awful. Just like the Thomas Cubit round the corner. Rubbish. Looks like a home makeover. Food average. Prices through the roof but okay for all the silly people that go there. Think Chumley Warner overload!
nickyboi45 - 6 Dec 2010 20:44
Modernised gastro-pub, which also has a small number of 'boutique' hotel rooms (at a price). The room containing the bar is fairly small (with a bit more seating in the small side room), but the larger side room has tables set for diners so it can be difficult to find a space unless the weather is good (in which case you will find many of the customers outside). However, there is also a limited amount of seating downstairs. Four handpumps, three of which were in use (offering Deuchars IPA, Adnams and a reasonable pint of Harveys at a hefty 3.75). Unlikely to be to everybody's taste (and the prices on the wine list will make your eyes water), it is probably a bit better than initial impressions suggest.
rpadam - 26 Jun 2010 00:03
Glad to see the place has been rejuvenated, after a few years in the doldrums.
But it has come at a price.
The Orange is now more restaurant than boozer. although the real ale on offer when I visited was decent quality.
I am glad to see it survive rather than close as so many other pubs have, but go here to eat rather than drink.
davidb - 3 Feb 2010 19:02
Some friends of mine live nearby and had heard good things about this place, so we took a trip for a "pub lunch" at the weekend. Wasn't really what I was expecting - one of the posters below got it right when they said it has more of a wine bar than pub feel to it.

Have to say it was jam-packed on Saturday lunch time and we ended up waiting 30 minutes for a table for lunch. They had a couple of ales on, including Harveys, which was well kept and nice enough. Can't say the same about the rest of the clientele - they all seemed a bit narky to me, although as a beer and a Coke came to nearly 8, I'm not that surprised...

Once we got sat down, the food was good. I had chicken stuffed with bacon and cheese, and the rest of the group tried the wild boar stew and one of the pizzas. All good quality, again a bit pricier than your traditional pub grub, although you get what you pay for.

Although the beer here is pretty good, I get the impression that the choice is Harvey's or Adnams, and that isn't likely to change, and certainly on a Saturday lunchtime there wasn't much room to just sit and while away a few hours.

I saw some signs up in the gents advertising a weekly film night (can't remember which day it said it was, possibly Tuesday), which sounds like a good idea - go down to the pub and sit down with a beer and a classic film on - but I'd have to visit again before passing judgement.

I suppose in the end it comes down to what you're looking for. If you want a traditional English pub where you can sit down and have a few beers (which is my usual ideal) then probably give this one a miss. If you want a posher place for a meal out, then this is pretty good. It's not one for me, but for what it is, it's not a bad place.
steej - 18 Jan 2010 12:52
4 for a pint of Deuchers. Get real.
RogerB - 8 Dec 2009 09:14
The below post may be refering to my comments. No, presently this place doesn't offer an inspired selection of ales, but the two they do - Adnams and Harveys - are served up very well. I would rather have a small selection of ale come up a treat than a huge selection served indifferently.
It may have a look of a 'posh bar' but I'd rather a posh bar with decent ale than traditional one that serves up filth.
If all you are after is a traditional British pub then avoid and go to The Fox and Hounds.
eveningall - 29 Nov 2009 20:42
I must have missed something, as whatever a previous poster states, this place certainly did not offer an inspired choice of ale when I visited... Maybe its finding its feet, we shall see.
Hobgoblin666 - 24 Nov 2009 02:27
Bitterly disappointed. This used to be a completely unpretentious, welcoming place where you could wind away your evening with a pint in your favourite corner or enjoy the afternoon on the benches outside. Now it's become yet another characterless yuppie wine bar. Pubs are a dying breed nowadays. It's a crying shame.
HairyDog - 6 Nov 2009 00:10
Went to the opening night here and the place looked amazing. Had the best pint of Adnams out of Southwold, excluding pehaps The Nags Head up the road. The guys here are serious about making this a real ale pub and good luck to them. Note to Randello - you say "posh bars replacing old pubs like The Ebury, The Botanist ot Thomas Cubitt" well The Cubitt has only been named thus since its refurb. It was previously The Joiners Arms and it was a pile of poo.
eveningall - 3 Nov 2009 21:14
Had a swift pint in the Pantechnicon Rooms and saw a flyer for their Group of Pubs. This included the fantastic Thomas Cubitt and this one, The Orange.. I'm guessing it is opening soon..
kingroon - 31 Jul 2009 11:57
This pub has now closed down and is up for lease / sale
alpimlico - 2 Apr 2009 11:30
Went past the other day - work ongoing and sign being put in window; The Orange - Pimlico family pub, opening Autumn 09
Glad the site will remain a pub, of some sort anyway - I thought Daylesfords would get ANOTHER place along here!
gonetolunch - 20 Mar 2009 07:16
Another loss of one Pimlico Road's old, varied collection of busineses. Nearly all gorn now.
gonetolunch - 8 Dec 2008 23:12
The Orange is now shut. No indication as yet of what will replace it. Rumours are of a conversion to add to the number of posh bars replacing old pubs like The Ebury, The Botanist or Thomas Cubitt.
Randello - 26 Sep 2008 10:00
The Orange Brewery has been very variable over the years

Back in the mid 90s when I lived in Pimlico and it was a proper brewery it was a good place with decent beer - when the brewery stopped it seemed to go through a period of neglect and really wasn't worth the bother particualarly with places like the Fox and Hounds and Antelope just a few minutes walk away

I'm happy to report though that on my recent visit things have improved and it now seems once again a reasonable place to spend an evening
murgatroyd - 24 Feb 2008 20:25
A few years ago, before this pub chnaged hands, it had a good reputation for well-cooked simple food. Sadly, in 2008, it's declined to that redolent of school food ib the 70's. Yesterday a Sunday traditional roast beef course arrived grey & overcooked, with an assortment of roast & boiled potatoes, packet-flavour gravy & dried out yorkshire pudding. A beefburger course was equally dismal - cold, in non-too fresh baps. The chips & beer were ok, but nothing special.
buzzfan - 7 Jan 2008 10:48
Has a treading water feel to it. Seems to waiting for something to happen and it never does. Has fallen victim to the large breweries' "latest trend" obsession. While it was all the rage to brew your own beer the brewery supported it. Now they've lost interest and it shows. Still a pleasant place nonetheless
AVFC - 25 Jul 2007 14:08
Small uninspiring pub that could be anywhere. Beer OK nothing to sing about.
beercritic - 10 Jul 2007 16:00
Rather unremarkable and uninspiring pub. Has that rather transient and impersonal feel that only London pubs have - and, as the previous contributor rightly points out - they need to start brewing their own beers again. Not a pub to rush back to, although the beer was OK.
JohnBonser - 29 May 2007 13:26
Friendly staff, even if they had trouble with Geordie accents. Locals were somewhat nonchalant but not unfriendly as such. They need to start brewing their own beers again!
loy - 10 Apr 2007 03:37
excellent pub with the friendliest staff you could ever wish to meet, the manager is a great down to earth guy and the girls behind the bar are all gorgeous. Well worth a couple of jars everyday (sometimes more but i do have work to do. I really fancy the short girl with the amazing eyes and black hair. Did i mention they also do great food a bit pricey but great all the same.
well worth a visit especially between 1-3 pm weekdays when u may just catch a glimpse of me in my green top.
jackunion - 8 Feb 2007 20:05
Popped in here last night while waiting to put some one on the coach at Victoria - haven't been here for a few years, and it has improved somewhat since it's decline after they stopped brewing their own ales. The beers aren't spectacular: one guest ale and those usual suspects of a pretend freehouse. But the bar staff were very friendly and attentive, the general atmosphere was relaxed and cheery. It was pretty noisy jukebox-wise, but it is coming up to Xmas. Not anything like as good as it was, but as TheGP says below there ain't much competition round these parts. Wouldn't go out of my way, but if I'm in the area you could do much worse... 6/10
rachaelov - 18 Dec 2006 19:46
A decent enough place but certainly not worth going out of the way for.
WaitorseBoyz - 5 Dec 2006 13:35
Went in this pub for the first time in over a decade, and it wasn't bad. The thing that struck me was the service, which was exceedingly friendly. The comments on here suggest the landlord is new, which if the case, he is doing a great job.

The beer was OK - The pub is a little bit tatty around the edges, but I thought it was fine for a couple of pints. Let's face it, there are enough shitty pubs around Victoria, so this one is worth a little walk too, this and the equally good Rising Sun.
TheGP - 26 Feb 2006 20:54
A shame as this pub used to be an inner London gem, where beers were brewed on the premises and the place felt loved. It just shows that a manager makes a pub. Lets hope the new one can bring the pub back to the way it used to be in 2003!
MarieG - 26 May 2005 17:38
A sad example of how a pub can badly deteriorate in just a year or two. This place used to be in all the beer books and was worth trudging that bit further away from Victoria station to visit. Now it's somewhere to avoid. I hope, as others have indicated here, that the new management can buck their ideas up.
davidb - 26 Apr 2005 13:50
This place is finally on the up again, I am happy to the report. The landlord is polishing up this neglected gem a beauty. Belgravia is full of expensive, poncy furniture shops and restaurants but this pub is an oasis of affordability with a great jukebox. Watch this space because I had a good talk with the landlord and the decor's going to get a lot better very quickly. Expect some decent outside chairs and tables for the summer.
paulthepubpundit - 22 Jan 2005 18:00
It's been neglected and feels like it. The outside gives the impression that they do still brew their own beers - sadly now it is just the usual London suspects, poorly kept. The clientele were pretty scummy though inoffensive, the menu was tired. The bar staff were really friendly and nice but other than them the place just needs a good kick in the pants - it could be great. Shame.
MrLash - 30 Dec 2004 15:45
Badly kept shit hole.

You would think that in an area like this the owner/manager/brewery would have some business sense and use their investment wisely.

This place is an idiot magnet from the local council blocks and has a shut-when-the-manager-can't-be-arsed policy.

Peter - 31 Oct 2004 01:49
The Old Speckled Hen was sour. they changed it for a Bombardier, which was OK, but not really well kept.

The food was quite good.
Neil - 14 Oct 2004 15:02
Not a nice pub.It seems to be full of Pimlico lads who think their the Krays.Fosters line can do with a bit of a clean.Wont be back.
kev - 4 Oct 2004 13:26
How the mighty fall. Once one of the best watering holes in London - now, just another pub. Very sad
Robin - 11 Feb 2004 12:34
Just been back there - end of November 2003 - to see what it was like. Almost left my pint. Which wouldn't have been a hardship as it, and those of the frieds I was with, were badly kept.

It's gone so far downhill that you should just walk past it.
paul - 6 Dec 2003 17:05
First time in London, first time in Orange Brewery for a meal, went back the next night and would go again. Great meals and great staff.
sheena - 3 Dec 2003 19:17
Still not a bad pub, but starting to feel more run down. Ales ok - bombadier, pride etc, but it's a shame the head brewer (when they had a brewery) ran off to New Zealand, so no more SW1.
Duncan - 3 Dec 2003 16:03
Teach me not to keep up to date with my pubs!! It was a while since I visited, I'm now living in Maidstone, I used to pop in at weekends when I was travelling out of Victoria.. seems to have gone downhill a bit... luckily it's on the patch of the team...any chance of a revisit and up to date review?
Apologies to any who rushed off for a brewery tour!!!
Alan - 2 Dec 2003 22:25
A terrific pub, within walking distance of Victoria Station that does brilliant real ales,great bitters and stout,you can even tour the brewery.
Theres a terrific atmosphere, very friendly, and they also do great food!!
Alan - 29 Nov 2003 22:54
Pub a lot better than a couple of motnhs ago, now decent restaurant food and even though no brewery lots of real ale selection including SW1
Penny Gee - 6 Oct 2002 19:42
Quite a fan of this place. Good atmosphere, decent music,food & beer. Recently changed hands, new chap intends to convert rear bar area into a restaurant soon.

Max - 30 Aug 2002 00:01
Used to be a decent place, but has gone downhill recently.

Doesn't brew it's own beers any more.

There are better pubs in the area to drink in.
mike - 18 Aug 2002 14:14

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