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The Good Pub Guide 2016 Crowns The Orange Tree, Norfolk Dining Pub Of The Year, 4th year running

The Accolade Every Pub Wants To Win

The Good Pub Guide is a national institution - a bible for pub-goers. Published this week the bestselling guide is divided into counties so you can easily find the best pubs wherever you may be. Every county has an annually updated shortlist of main entries which have all been fully inspected and carefully selected to warrant their place. And from this rigorous process one pub is picked as County Dining Pub of the Year...

Extract from The Good Pub Guide:
"With a genuinely warm welcome, and a relaxed, chatty bar, it’s no wonder that this well run pub is so popular. With Adnams, Woodfordes Wherry and a guest on handpump, 24 wines by the glass, good courteous service, and inventive and extremely good food, using local seafood and seasonal produce."

"People love eating out at pubs as opposed to restaurants because the atmosphere is more informal - and the food is just as good, if not better", says Fiona Stapley, joint editor of The Good Pub Guide. "This year particularly, pub chefs have to offer not just imaginative dishes but those their customers feel are fair value too."

Judging criteria. "We have thousands of loyal readers who report to us all the time. They keep us in tune with how a pub is doing and we take their comments into serious consideration when choosing an award winning pub,” explains Fiona Stapley. "Although things are looking much brighter for pubs, it's extremely hard work for the landlords and landladies. An Award winning pub has to be at the very top of their game to be chosen."

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Great British Seafood Pub Chef Of The Year Award, 2010

A Hunstanton pub chef was crowned Seafood Chef of the Year last night at the Great British Pub Food Awards 2010 - the industry’s ‘Oscars’ ceremony, held in London.

Philip Milner, executive chef at The Orange Tree in Thornham, near Hunstanton, took the top title ahead of competition from pubs across the country. After an initial ‘paper’ judging, Philip competed in a nail-biting national ‘cook off’, where he had to prepare his dish within a fixed period of time, and create another from a mystery box of ingredients, in front of a panel of expert judges.

The judges were bowled over by Philip’s Fillet of Norfolk coast wild sea bass with accompaniments, saying, “Once again, the standard of entries to this competition has been extremely high, but this was an outstanding dish. Philip is clearly a very talented and creative chef.”


The Food Snob Review of The Orange Tree

Thornham, this was the place where I first sampled a “naked” Oyster at the age of 10. This is a memory I will cherish with some anticipation (at the time) as it was not one of the simplest of things to do, but the experience got me absolutely hooked on sea food if you will excuse the pun!

The bar is delightful, and a lot of thought has clearly gone into the design and layout. There is a large garden which is very busy in the summer months for both food and drink as the polite and friendly barmaid explained. I also understand it is very popular with the locals and I can see why. Service was attentive and very friendly.

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