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The Orange Tree restaurant: Chef patron Gareth Davies named a Hero of Hertfordshire for his Covid response




A pub restaurant in Sawbridgeworth has been making waves in the community and won an international award.

Now Gareth Davies, chef patron at The Orange Tree in West Road, has been named a 'Hero of Hertfordshire' for his service to the local population during the coronavirus crisis.

Although closed to in-house customers during lockdown, its management responded by setting up a pop-up farm shop and providing a takeaway service to the community.

Outside the farm shop, from left, Gareth Davies, Greg Noble, Giedre Rimkeviciute, Kate Gosnold, Seren Gosnold, 4, Olly Marshall, Geeva Mani and Raj Saranan. Picture: Vikki Lince (42924087)
Outside the farm shop, from left, Gareth Davies, Greg Noble, Giedre Rimkeviciute, Kate Gosnold, Seren Gosnold, 4, Olly Marshall, Geeva Mani and Raj Saranan. Picture: Vikki Lince (42924087)

The Orange Tree has a large fan club in Sawbridgeworth and further afield, and earlier this year it won a Trip Advisor award .

It is part of Hertford-based pub chain and brewer McMullen's estate of more than 120 hostelries. Formerly known as the Three Horseshoes, it has been a McMullen pub since 1901.

Gareth was put forward for the award by McMullen’s area manager Luke Davy, who said that he wanted to ensure Gareth’s positivity and generosity throughout lockdown did not go unnoticed.

Orange Tree chef patron Gareth Davies with Kate Gosnold outside the pub. Picture: Vikki Lince (42924084)
Orange Tree chef patron Gareth Davies with Kate Gosnold outside the pub. Picture: Vikki Lince (42924084)

“Unlike many businesses that closed, Gareth sought to open where possible and continued to provide meals locally as well as giving vital work to his employees and prevent them from being furloughed,” said Luke.



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