The Orange Tree Baldock to be free of tie on two of its hand pumps, and to permanently stock Buntingford ales!

21st July 2011 (Note a of July 2013 we are no free of tie on NINE of our THIRTEEN handpumps! Now there's a story!)

We at The Orange Tree in Baldock are delighted to announce that we have come to an agreement with Greene King to allow us the freedom of choice to stock and sell real ales from small, independent breweries, through two of our eight hand pumps. This is in recognition of our licensee's (Rob Scahill) passion for real ales and desire to offer the best choice and quality to his customers.

Our ethos at The Orange Tree is to support local businesses as much as possible, and therefore we have decided to permanently dedicate one of our hand pumps to beers from our local brewery, Buntingford, who are based just up the road in Therfield. 

From Sunday the 24th July there will be Buntingford's Boadicea (4.0% Golden single hop bitter) to start with on pump 5 in the snug, and that will be followed Twitchell (3.8% Pale session ale), and then continuously changing casks of ale from Steve and Catherine.

On the snug's second hand pump, pump no.6, we will have ever changing beers from small, independent breweries, with the first one being Grain brewery's Oak (3.8%).

Steve Banfield from Buntingford Brewery delivers the first cask of his ale to The Orange Tree

Steve vents the Boadicea!

The Orange Tree is the only pub in Baldock to continuously offer eight real ales for sale as well as a draught real cider, and is also the only pub in the area to permanently serve the classic Greene King XX Mild (3.0% creamy, bittersweet dark mild).
Along with Greene King I.P.A. (3.6%) and Abbot Ale (5.0%), and an additional three other frequently changing guest beers from Greene King, currently Hook Norton Haymaker (5% golden strong ale), Bateman's All Season (4.2% Malty best bitter) and Woodforde's Wherry (3.9% pale bitter), customers are guaranteed the widest and best, balanced choice of real ales at The Orange Tree.

Rob keeps his customers up to date with the changing range of real ales via the pub web site,, as well as regularly "tweeting" on Twitter and posting on Facebook.

The Orange Tree Inn building dates back to at least 1680, and is recorded as being an ale house named The Orange Tree as far back as 1760. It has just undergone a sympathetic restoration to reveal many of its old features that had been hidden away for decades. It boasts a large, cosy public bar, an even cosier oak beamed snug, and a large characterful lounge/function room. Along with a huge beer garden, car parking for 14 cars, a full sized Pétanque piste, and a wonderful sun-trapped patio, it is one of the most beautiful pubs in the area.

With just quiet background music, and welcoming well behaved dogs and children, The Orange Tree is the prefect place to come and enjoy a relaxing pint or three, some wonderful home made and locally sourced food, and have a game of darts, crib, dominoes or Pétanque! Quiz nights are every Tuesday, Folk Club every Wednesday and there is a beer festival for every season,

Rob and the team at The Orange Tree can be contacted at or by telephone on 01462 892341. Throughout the summer, the pub is open 12-11 every day, with food served 12-9pm (6pm Sunday).

The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW. Map/Directions

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