It's a Family Affair at New-Look Wilmington Community Pub

Posted: 06 February 2013

Blog category: Pub of the Week

Wilmington pub the Orange Tree has new licensees, brother and sister team Nick and Pauline Hardy, and a smart new look, after a £85,000 investment by Kent brewers Shepherd Neame.

Nick and Pauline, who took over the pub on 22 December 2012, are offering a warm, family welcome as well as first-class roast dinners from the new Hardy Carvery and a dynamic live music line-up of musicians and solo singers to entertain Orange Tree customers.
“We’re making the Hardy Carvery the heart of our food offer because roasts are a Hardy family tradition.” says Nick. “Over the last 60 years, our parents Michael and Mary have only missed two Sunday roasts and that was when mum was having one of their five children! ”
Mary Hardy, 83, still quality-checks son Nick’s cooking from time-to-time, despite him being a classically trained chef!  All the ingredients for the pub’s slow-cooked spit roasts are sourced locally and the Carvery menu will be available Monday to Friday from 5 to 8pm and Sunday lunchtime, when booking is recommended.  A lunch menu is served daily.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, comments:  “The Orange Tree has a great community pub offer. Nick and Pauline’s roast dinners and their regular live music events make for a winning combination.”
Built in the 1800s, the Orange Tree is a quaint pub housed in a listed building. The large bar area and toilets have been completely redecorated.  Outside, the car park has been significantly improved and the exterior of the pub has been redecorated.