What? Pimlico pub, The Orange, is part of the Cubitt House group (The Alfred Tennyson, The Thomas Cubitt and The Grazing Goat), if you walk along Pimlico Road you’ll spot it ahead of you from the number of drinkers spilling out onto the pavement. What you might not know though, is that as well as a bar and dining room, The Orange is home to four bedrooms.
New? Whilst The Orange isn’t new, the breakfast menu launched in August.
Where? 37 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, SW1W 8NE, www.theorange.co.uk
On the Menu: The new breakfast menu features classics likes a proper full English with black pudding, Cumberland sausages and eggs any style, as well as twists like smashed avocado and poached eggs on chilli cornbread. If eggs aren’t your thing then go for a chia seed and coconut pudding and blackberries or almond and honey granola with figs and Greek yoghurt.
The Look: In a restored building, The Orange is charming, not sleek or uniform, stairs are curved, floors uneven and straight lines aren’t exactly straight. Our room was simple and modest with neutral, earthy tones, wooden beams and a giant four poster bed dominating the room. Admittedly a four poster bed doesn’t sound modest, but it was minimalistic in design. The bathroom had been built into the room with the result being that it was rather small – more of a glorified wardrobe. After a long day, I was very much looking forward to a bath pre-supper, but with only a shower this was not to be, I was later told only one of the rooms has a bath so check when you book. That said they do have indulgent Aesop toiletries.
What We Ate: In the evening, we headed out to The Alfred Tennyson (another pub in the Cubitt House group, you can check out our review here), but in the morning, we headed down to the bar for breakfast with plenty of coffee and the papers. Their take on an Eggs Benedict is to use honey and mustard ham hock and spinach (normally spinach only makes an appearance in Eggs Florentine). A subtle change but one that livened it up, the mustard adding a bit of a kick to the creamy hollandaise. Chilli cornbread came piled high with smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes which the two perfectly poached eggs oozed all over.
What We Drank: As tempting as it was to get back on the alcohol I resisted and instead went for a fresh juice of carrot, apple and ginger. My sister on the other hand went straight in with a British Bellini made with Chase elderflower liqueur and prosecco. Her reasoning: ‘it’s Saturday’, well I suppose there’s a reason if ever there was one. Of course, there was plenty of coffee courtesy of Reads coffee, an award-winning, artisan coffee roasters from Dorset.
Go With: Put your friends from out of town up at The Orange, it’ll save you squishing everyone into your London flat, no one will have to sleep on the sofa and there won’t be any queue for the bathroom in the morning.
Final Word: With the big London hotels, Air BnB and the creative, boutique hotels it can be easy to forget the pubs with rooms. Don’t overlook them, they might not have all the amenities of the hotels (including a reception, you’ll have to figure out where the rooms are yourself) but they’re charming, homely and won’t set you back a few hundred a night.
The Orange: 37 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, SW1W 8NE