A brief history of the Cherry Tree in Olney
WELCOME TO THE CHERRY TREE
This stunning Grade II listed building is named after the Olney Cherry Fair that takes place each summer in June and dates back to a time when the town produced a large, annual, commercial cherry crop from the vast orchards that surrounded the area, from the early 14th century onwards. In those days, the Cherry Fair would coincide with the local church’s Feast Days, known as Holy Days, the only time holiday was given to the local workers.
Over seven centuries later, the Cherry Tree is a sensitive and elegant restoration that oozes warmth and great quality.
Overlooking the Market Place, The Cherry Tree opens every day from 8am, serving food and drinks throughout.
Many of the old Victorian and Georgian features, such as corniching, plaster work, sash windows, parquet flooring and fire places, have been painstakingly renovated and reinstated to integrate and yet contrast with the inspirational contemporary design. The space created is subtly interspersed with antiques and cherry tree-themed works of art sourced locally, including 1930s oil paintings and original 1920s Tiffany wall lights in the lobby.
With an emphasis on Mediterranean inspired, freshly cooked food, our chefs can be seen grilling and roasting over the Josper charcoal ovens and grills and preparing hand-crafted authentic Italian Pizzas in a beautiful copper-clad, wood-fired pizza oven. The menu also features an imaginative and delicious range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes together with daily specials.
Cosy up, relax and simply enjoy our broad range of cocktails, craft beers, fine wines, gins and spirits. Our extensive and varied drinks menu includes high quality Artisan coffee brewed with Rainforest Alliance certified beans from estates in Colombia and Brazil, together with a fine selection of teas from Teapigs. Not forgetting our delicious hot chocolate made with Callebaut chocolate shavings and warm, steamed milk.
We're only too delighted to talk to you about any special event or occasion you'd like to organise. Wedding and funeral receptions, birthdays, christening and all other celebrations can be catered for. Whether it’s a bumper buffet for up to 50 people, afternoon tea for up to 30 people or something more intimate, we can organise an appropriate space to meet your needs. Superfast, complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the building.
THE OAKMAN INNS FAMILY
Oakman Inns and restaurants was founded in 2005 with a vision to create an environment where like-minded people could come and enjoy great food and drinks whilst catching up with friends, family and colleagues. We quickly won a place in the hearts and minds of local people through our ongoing support of local
sports teams and community events and are now renowned as an award-winning independent group of pubs and restaurants. We strive to achieve excellence with every new premise that we open and we look forward to continuing to offer outstanding customerservice alongside comforting food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere.