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Orpington GPO set to deliver

Added on: 3rd June, 2020 by O1

Orpington GPO set to deliver

Last Updated:
Tue, 30 June 2020

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Ex-Army entrepreneurs on standby to put their stamp on high street food and drink scene, opening a new independent bar and restaurant in the old Post Office premises.

This summer, Sam Westlake and Tom Walker are set to open Orpington GPO (General Post Office), at 214 Orpington High Street, employing a a new team of around 20 local people.


Orpington GPO will open in the landmark site opposite the Walnuts Shopping Centre, having undergone a complete refurbishment, with a fresh design including features which celebrate its heritage. The building dates back to 1929 and is one of the oldest buildings remaining on the high street.


The GPO’s all-day menu will show a commitment to locally sourced fresh produce, using the best local suppliers, as well as unique cocktails and craft beers, making Orpington GPO a fantastic addition to the high street’s eateries and bars.

Unsatisfied with office jobs since leaving the army, Tom and Sam wanted to apply the skills gained over their combined 15 years’ service in the Parachute Regiment, to a new business venture. Since leaving the Army in 2016 they have successfully expanded a casual dining company, Framptons Café Bar & Kitchen, which has grown to three sites in the south of England.


This latest venture in Orpington is an independent project focused on delivering a unique and vibrant dining and drinking experience in Orpington.

Sam Westlake, Operations Director, said: “We recognised that our training and experience could be applied to a bar and restaurant business and we’ve learnt a lot as the business grown over the past three years. We are all really excited for the potential for Orpington GPO in this fantastic building in central Orpington, and can’t wait to meet our new customers.”

Orpington GPO opens its doors on Saturday 4th July.


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Joanna butler - 27 Jul, 2020 - 10:57AM

Loved it here. My friend Gary who owns the funeral parlour down the road recommended this place. I arrange a business meeting for 4 of us and was offered a quieter meeting room space which was lovely! c***tail staff were lovely and very friendly!

I’m also a Professional singer and once you are allowed live music again I would LOVE to come and sing for you guys as the music that was playing is very similar to the stuff I do! I would love to share how lovely this place is with friends and family too once this COVID craziness is over! :) Well some though, Orpington needed a nice place to go like this :)

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Angela - 26 Jul, 2020 - 10:13AM

Dear Team, visited your bar for Birthday meal with girlfriends last night. I would like to thank you for your efforts in arranging a table after a mixup up the booking.
We had a lovely evening with great service! Food food was all very good (we all had the pollock). 😃
Thank you and hope to see you again soon.
Angela

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Orpington 1st - 5 Jul, 2020 - 12:17PM

Hi Ange.

Please visit http://www.orpingtongpo.co.uk to book.

Best wishes,

O1st

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Kiki - 4 Jul, 2020 - 14:18PM

Hi there, do you allow dogs in? Thanks

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Ange - 3 Jul, 2020 - 17:10PM

Wow it looks fabulous! Do I need to book - I would like to try and come in this weekend?

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Sonia - 11 Jun, 2020 - 11:32AM

Looking forward to visiting
Thank you

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Sam - 11 Jun, 2020 - 10:59AM

Hi Sonia

We would love to have you and your husband visit us. We have a ramp at the front for wheel chair access and suitable restrooms as well. As soon as we can open we'll notify everyone via social media @orpingtongpo and the website www.orpingtongpo.co.uk. When that time comes you're also very welcome to email me and the team directly to make a reservation that'll work nicely for you both: info@orpingtongpo.co.uk

I hope that helps.

Many Thanks

Sam

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Sonia - 10 Jun, 2020 - 14:21PM

Menu sounds great, hope we can visit soon. Could my husband enter with his wheelchair please

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Orpington 1st - 10 Jun, 2020 - 08:31AM

Hi Sonia.

You can take a look at Orpington GPO's menus here: http://www.orpingtongpo.co.uk/#menus

Best wishes,

O1st

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Sonia - 10 Jun, 2020 - 08:27AM

Would like to see a sample menu please.

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