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The Orange Tree Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale - pub details

Address: 9 Fairbank, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire, LA6 2BD [map] [gmap]

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user reviews of the Orange Tree Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale

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We only had 1 night in Kirkby Lonsdale and I need to tick The Orange Tree from the 2015 GBG.

A short stroll through the church yard brings you to this very nice Kirkby Lonsdale brewery tap. Multi roomed with the bar and friendly barman facing you as you enter.

5.15 on a Friday afternoon and it's pretty packed already, all locals and the bar man seemed to know everyone.

5 cask hand pumps offering a regular, 3 ales from the very local Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery and a guest from Hawkshead. This being the KLB tap it was rude not to have one of their own. I went for Stanley's @ 3.8% and as expected it was well kept and well poured, a thoroughly decent pint.

A group of lads playing darts, the tennis was on the televisions but with the sound very low.

A huge range of pump clips adorn the wooden beams, meaning I guess these ales have all been served here.

Carpeted throughout with the carpet depicting Orange Trees. A couple of original fire places.

Food is offered from an extensive menu, no one eating on my visit, probably too early.

A decent pub with good ales and a nice buzzy atmosphere worthy of a visit.
lezford - 5 Aug 2015 13:41
Yes, it is a food house but also a good real ale venue. This pub could increase its turnover if only the management could recognise their market. Food outlets tend to attract the older clientelle, and as such should play music that is appropriate to that age group. The night we were in there was no evidence of a licensee / DPS, just a couple of young lads behind the bar playing loud 'rap/ garage', or whatever that 'crud' is called, and the punters were leaving 'at a fair rate of knots'. Had they played some 70's / 80's and 90's they would have stayed and bought some beer. This is what happens when there is little or no supervision.
westpennine - 18 Jun 2012 12:31
Probably the best pub in Kirkby Lonsdale, but I'm afraid that isn't really saying much.

Seemd by far the most popular with evening diners. Maybe because they have a different half price special every night.

They also have a range of Kirkby Lonsdale Ales on offer, which were pretty decent.

My family all had the half price fish and chips which did look lovely.

Sadly, the fajitas I received weren't even up to the standard of the packet job you can do at home.

Still it's cosy enough and has a nice mixed clientele, so you could do a lot worse.
Pat_Bateman - 15 Apr 2011 11:49
Best pub in Kirkby Lonsdale by far
arihall - 2 Sep 2010 19:34
This is a very foody pub early on in the evening although it has a pool table in the front room on the left which makes you think it's a more traditional pub. There's a lounge type area to the right as you go in and to the back left hand side and round the back of the bar there are boothed seating areas that have the feel of railway carriage compartments or boxed pews in a church.
The good thing is that after 8 or 9 o'clock it reverts back to a traditional local.

The best thing is that it is an outlet for the local Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery of which there were a choice of 4. Cherkeby a 5.0 wheat beer was nice but very light. Jubilee and Radical are dark and reminiscent of Jennings Snecklifter. Jubilee being more chocolatey (70% Cocoa) and Radical (50% Cocoa) as a comparison, were very nice , although they both had a slightly bitter aftertaste that Snecklifter doesn't have. Did not get round to trying the Ruskins. They also had Lancaster Brewey's Red which was excellent. I'm not sure about the food here though it seemed very popular.

Overall a great pub the only bad point being the lighting in the room to the right as you go in. Good for eating under I suppose but it felt like being under floodlights at a football stadium and killed the otherwise relaxed atmoshere later on. So much for energy efficient bulbs especially sticking through the tops of the shades to blind you, a bit like going back to gas lighting but harsher, lower wattages could have saved the need for a few powerstations.
Wirral_RealAlians - 18 Apr 2010 17:53

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