The Orchard Tavern
What does your business do?
The Orchard Tavern is a family pub which sells food and drink at reasonable prices.
We have a selection of wines, real ales and premium Irish whiskeys. With all the live sporting action and loads of live entertainment
What motivated you to do what you do?
I’ve been a General Manager for over 20 years, starting in Durham with Vaux Breweries in the 1990s before moving to London in 1999. Being a pub manager is a way of life not just a job and every day is different, I enjoy trying my best to make all customers have a good time and enjoy whatever we have to offer.
What is your Unique Selling Point?
We like to think we fill a gap between the gastro pubs and restaurants in the area, providing light bites as well as full meals. We have plenty of tables and comfortable seating with no loud music.
Who is your ideal customer/client?
Local people wanting to eat as well as well as have a drink in a comfortable atmosphere.
What gives your business the edge over your competitors?
We serve fresh food, not the usual pub offer. Also we have the ability to change our offer quickly as we are not a big chain pub, so we can listen to what the local customers want.
Do you have a particular service or product you’d like to flag up here?
Live sports and wi fi. We have a spacious lounge area that can be used for functions.
How do people get in touch with you? (Include as many ways as you like)
Facebook, telephone and email.
020 746 7800
What is your biggest challenge in the current climate?
To improve the pub’s reputation from before the refurbishment.
Where do you think your business will be in 5 years time?
More customers as area still in transition.
Has being a member of ABN helped your business?
Yes. We host the monthly last Tuesday lunches for Askew Business Network, where anyone can just pop in, have a drink or something to eat and join in. Our back room is an ideal place to have community meetups with no room hire fee.
What do you like about the Askew Road?
Good choice of restaurants, takeaways and good transport links.
What do you think Askew Road will be like in 5 years time?
More upmarket with privately owned businesses.
How easy is it to shop locally in Askew Road?
There is a good choice of supermarkets and local shops.
What are your favourite shops and businesses in Askew Road?