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About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...



Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

Read on...

Usually we would write a few pages about the history of a pub, which makes for interesting reading if you're dealing with a 450 year old manor house or a water mill with its feet in the 13th century, but in this instance there isn't much history to go on as the Old Orchard is a comparatively sprightly 80 year old.

No doubt a Zeppelin would have drifted overhead sometime in the 30s, and the residents would have watched the battle of Britain from the house's terraces, but of documented history there is none. What the Old Orchard does have in spades is an extraordinary panoramic view of lakes and countryside stretching for miles, with almost no human habitation visible in any direction.

The lakes you see are themselves of comparatively recent origin, having been originally formed by the extraction of gravel going back to the 19th century. It is a conservation area known as the Colne Valley Regional Park, and covers over 40 square miles with 200 miles of river and canal and over 60 lakes: it is a haven for wildlife and is a major recreational facility for west London.

Lesley Alaway, a local historian, has been immensely helpful in piecing together the history of the building. She found out that the Old Orchard was originally just a country house and the two bungalows at the entrance to the property also belonged to the estate. The Gills bought the property in 1965 and were there until 1972. Mr Gill started doing bed and breakfast, and subsequently obtained a drinks license as many of his guests were business men away from home.

He then opened the restaurant to the public and progressed to dinner dance nights with cabaret - local people remember them fondly: apparently they used to be extremely popular and would take place in the room on the left as you enter the building.

Mr Gill eventually sold the business to Peter Gordon who installed manager Keith David, who subsequently bought it from Peter, who in turn sold it to Mike Walsh.

When we took the building it had been trading as an Edwinns restaurant for a number of years and had a small but loyal following who were sorry to see the brand's demise.

If you are local and are able to shed any further light on the history of the Old Orchard, I would be indebted if you could email the pub at [email protected]


If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to some of the crew...


Front of house

Alisha Craigwell


After studying Law Enforcement in Canada, Alisha upped sticks and moved halfway around the world to Shanghai. Here, she discovered that she was a natural host, taking over a failing pub with her friend and turning its fortunes around. Always smiling and happy to help, be it in English or Mandarin, Alisha is multi-lingual and knows a thing or three about quality service. If Alisha isn't working or in the gym, she'll be running to the gym whilst pumping iron - blimey!

Stuart Roe

Deputy Manager

Stu is our cellar monkey and works really hard to keep things shipshape. He is extremely enthusiastic when bringing new ideas/challenges to the team. Stu loves to keep fit and play football in his spare time. He is also a trained chef but felt he belonged behind the bar (and we agree). It works in our favour as he has been known to bake the odd cake and bring them to work.

Darren Brown

Deputy Manager

You'll know when Darren is in the building, because his infectious laugh bounces off the walls! Coming from a bartending background, Darren joined the Cricketers and has since become a cracking all-rounder. He's also just passed his WSET wine training. So any questions about vino, he's your man!

Robert Axam

Deputy Manager

Rob has come to us from working in a 5 star hotel, he used to run pubs, so has plenty of experience in our field. Rob's the one who cracks the jokes on the busy shifts - which keeps us all smiling. Rob is a proper family man and loves to take his kids out on his days off. He loves a drink and good food, which suits us perfectly!

Sara Hillyard


Sara is our 'Mother' of the pub, keeping the whole team in tow, (she even attempts to boss the managers around sometimes). She speeds around the pub never stopping for a breath. On Sara's days off she likes to spend time with her two beautiful children (who are very popular in the pub).

Abi Harrison


Abi comes to us from working in pubs her whole working life, so knows a thing or two about how to pour a pint. In her spare time, Abi likes to attend band practice and gigs, playing the trombone. Abi is enthusiastic and really keen to learn the B&P ways, picking things up so fast, she is like a breath of fresh air!

Courtnie Jules-Crompton

Bar/Waiting Staff

Courtnie is a big fan of puns - the worse they are, the more she laughs - and her laugh is infectious! Her bright and bubbly personality spreads throughout the team, and keeps everyone smiling no matter what.


Roland Short

Head Chef

Roland is a mellow, likeable chap who runs our kitchen superbly. He trained the hard way in some of London's finest restuarants including a stint at La Gavroche working for the Roux brothers, though he claims our food is much better. He is married with a young son and lives locally.

Brooke Lightley

Senior Sous Chef

Brooke is the blonde bombshell of the Old Orchard. She is never without a smile on her face and is seen whipping the boys into shape on a daily basis. Since we welcomed her into the kitchen the chefs say bad days don't exist. Brooke is our little ray of sunshine and we wouldn't be without her.

David Moore

Senior Sous Chef

David is a fabulous chef, he has worked in almost every type of kitchen from pubs, to restaurants, to hotels. David joined us mid Summer and he survived and kept his smile in tact. He has lots of experience and is a great addition to our team. He's a really lovely chap and gets along with everyone within the kitchen and front of house team

Ben Lewington

Senior Chef de Partie

Ben is a legend in the kitchen. He is a newly qualified chef and is already proving himself in the kitchen. Ben comes from a huge family, he has around 300 brothers and sisters (or something close to that). Ben is a ray of sunshine and keeps everyone in good spirits with his humour and sarcasm.

Monika Degutyte

Chef de Partie

Monika is our legendary KP. She works extremely hard and always has a smile on her face. Monika can be found in the kitchen early in the morning, cleaning, listening to her Lithuanian music on full volume. Knowing that Monika is 'manning' the KP section put us managers at ease.


Sharon Sharp


Sharon is our number one! We love Sharon. She keeps the pub in pristine condition and bosses the other cleaners around. She's always smiling, even if she does start at silly o'clock.

Andrew Johnson


Andrew has been hailed as one of the best gardeners in the company. He had to hit the ground running having inherited the landscape around the pub in a pretty sorry state. He trims hedges, cuts grass, builds fences, plants... errr... plants, fixes lights, builds sheds, erects curtain rails and so on and so on. We simply couldn't do without him. But be careful, once you get him on his favourite subject, local history, make sure to set aside at least an hour. Like all gardeners, he loves to talk.

Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

We don't reserve any of our outside tables or picnic benches so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.


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December Menu

Thursday 28th November to Tuesday 24th December

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