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Orange Tree (Greene King)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Buntingford - 92 Squadron Excellent2
Greene King - XX Dark MildExcellent4
Oldershaw - CaskadeExcellent1
Great Oakley - Tiffield ThunderboltExcellent2
Burton Bridge - XL BitterExcellent1
Mallinsons - Castle Hill PremiumExcellent1
Middle Earth - Black RoseExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Buntingford - CrusaderExcellent1
Dark Star - Winter MeltdownExcellent1
Ossett - Pale GoldGood1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterGood1
Buntingford - TwitchellGood5
Ossett - GalaxyGood1
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)Good1
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !Good1
Buntingford - Highwayman IPAGood2
Crouch Vale - JungaGood1
Buntingford - PartridgeGood1
Colchester - DieselGood1
Dark Star - OriginalAcceptable1
Woodlands - Hop as HellAcceptable1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Peaky Blinder Black IPA (was 4.6%)Acceptable1
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AlePoor1
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Bartrams - Captains StoutNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Infinity IPA (was Infinity)Not Tried0
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Jewel Not Tried0
Buntingford - Crow's NestNot Tried0
Buntingford - AmarilloNot Tried0
Irwell Works - Green Manalishi (With a Two Pint Crown)Not Tried0
Titanic - CompassNot Tried0
Elgood's - CXXXNot Tried0
Buntingford - Mortimer's ArmyNot Tried0
Tring - Colley's DogNot Tried0
Buntingford - Polar StarNot Tried0
Tring - KotukuNot Tried0
Wibblers - Polar BeerNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Robinsons - Trooper Light BrigadeNot Tried0
Buntingford - HurricaneNot Tried0
Picture 1. Orange Tree, Baldock, Hertfordshire
Picture 2. Orange Tree, Baldock, Hertfordshire

Visits Details

11 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon visit through to the evening, I met a group of friends here and we occupied a small room at the rear of the pub. A good welcoming boozer and well worth the visit. Several of our group tried the sausages sourced from a local butcher and they were all impressed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00ExcellentI had several of these, all very good.
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Excellent
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper Light Brigade4.10Not Tried
Buntingford - Hurricane4.00Not Tried
23 Jun 2015 (HSB)
14:50 We rejoined the forward party. Landlord told us how he was organising a coach trip to visit the other five East Anglian POTYs in one day. A bottle collection has been added since my last visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Woodlands - Hop as Hell4.00AcceptableLast half out.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Peaky Blinder Black IPA (was 4.6%)4.40Acceptable
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Tring - Colley's Dog5.20Not Tried
Buntingford - Polar Star4.40Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Buntingford - 92 Squadron 4.50Not Tried
Tring - Kotuku4.00Not Tried
Wibblers - Polar Beer4.20Not Tried
20 Feb 2014 (HSB)
14:30 - 16:00 Quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Middle Earth - Black Rose4.60ExcellentChocolate Ginger & Coffee Stout
Ossett - Pale Gold3.80Good
Ossett - Galaxy4.00Good
Titanic - Compass4.10Not Tried
Elgood's - CXXX4.20Not Tried
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Not Tried
Buntingford - Mortimer's Army3.90Not Tried
30 Dec 2013 (HSB)
12:00 - 16:15 Joint birthday party in the left hand side of the pub. A good time was had by all.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Triple fff - I Can't Remember !6.00Good
Buntingford - 92 Squadron 4.50Goodbest beer of the day for me
Buntingford - Partridge4.10GoodRather malty
Great Oakley - Tiffield Thunderbolt4.20GoodBit thin for such a gravity
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Acceptable
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00PoorNot to my taste at all. Trying to be a barley wine but missing. Nasty back taste.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Winter Meltdown5.00Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
30 Dec 2013 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit to celebrate a joint birthday party, a large crowd filled the left hand bar, with the other bar serving some happy locals taking advantage of the fact that the pub was unusually staying open all day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Winter Meltdown5.00Excellent
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Excellent
Buntingford - 92 Squadron 4.50Excellent
Great Oakley - Tiffield Thunderbolt4.20ExcellentPale refreshing ale.
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Good
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00Not Tried
04 Oct 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit with Friday evening group. It was too frenetic for me allied to need to refer to pumpclips, blackboard and printed beer list before making beer order choice.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodLittle head retention and medium in condition
Crouch Vale - Junga4.10GoodDry mouth feel
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80AcceptableToo home-brewey in taste
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Bartrams - Captains Stout4.80Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Infinity IPA (was Infinity)4.60Not Tried
Northern (see also Blakemere) - Blakemere Jewel 4.60Not Tried
Buntingford - Crow's Nest3.90Not Tried
Buntingford - Amarillo4.00Not TriedDid not try but others in Group were lauding this as top notch
Irwell Works - Green Manalishi (With a Two Pint Crown)4.50Not Tried
26 Sep 2013 (HSB)
12:30 to 16:00 Busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Castle Hill Premium4.60ExcellentStrange ingredients, elderflower and dried banana. Very refreshing.
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Good
Dark Star - Original5.00AcceptableNot very good. Possibly too young.
Buntingford - Highwayman IPA3.60AcceptableVery weak for an IPA, rather dark, lacking body.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
11 Jun 2013 (HSB)
Lunch time visit. Busy with regulars. Free sandwiches as well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oldershaw - Caskade4.20Excellent
Buntingford - Crusader4.00Excellent
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80GoodNot keen on the spice flavouring
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)4.00GoodDry back taste
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00GoodMuch improved taste since I last had a pint.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
22 Mar 2013 (HSB)
Excellent drinking pub with Landlord who really knows his beer. My usual group of ex-railwaymen so we took over the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00Excellent
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Buntingford - Highwayman IPA3.60Excellent
Colchester - Diesel3.80Good
23 Aug 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with two large groups taking over the pub and garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00ExcellentOn top form here, lightly roasted malt with toffee, chocolate and caramel flavours and a hint of berry fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.

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About the Orange Tree

The pub sign. Orange Tree, Baldock, Hertfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent15
Good15
Acceptable6
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5AW.

Traditional pub located not far from the railway station. Greene King tied but with a liberal guest ale policy. Two bars, function room, conservatory and pool room. Impressive Simpsons brewery sign in right hand bar. 13 handpumps in banks of 5, 4 and 4 - one of which regularly dispenses local cider. Live music sessions. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2013.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SG7 5AW