Last updated on February 14, 2023 by Wandering our World
Oakham is a lovely little place in the East Midlands of England. Its gorgeous architecture, history, and stunning scenery make it a popular tourist destination, but luckily Oakham is also home to some of the area’s finest restaurants.
From gourmet dining to informal cafes, classic Italian to hearty British pub grub, the dining scene in Oakham is surprisingly diverse and the food is impressive.
Whether you’re from the Midlands, or simply passing through, our guide below will help you discover your new favourite dinner spot in Oakham.
So without further ado, here’s our favourite restaurants in Oakham!
The Best Restaurants In Oakham: Food Worth Waiting For!
1. San Giorgio Restaurant
Classic Italian food served with a side of hospitality! Ideal for a family lunch or catching up with friends!
The best part of being in a new place is all the new restaurants you get to try, and one in Oakham everyone must try when visiting is San Giorgio. This delightful little eatery serves authentic Italian food right in the heart of town.
San Giorgio is a great space, with a lovely interior that feels comfortable and inviting. With a rustic vibe and many seating options, it forms the ideal dining experience. Plus, their staff are friendly and welcoming which adds to the overall warmth the place exudes.
As far as their food is concerned try the Pollo Principessa, Filetto Al Pepe Verde or any of their pizzas – that’s their speciality after all.
For dessert definitely try their Tiramisu or Panna Cotta. After all, what’s better than a decadent Italian dessert to finish off any trip to an authentic Italian restaurant.
You can feel like you’re in Italy at San Giorgio, Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 11 pm.
Address: 14 Church St, Oakham
2. Lucky Hoof @ The Angler
Burgers, steaks, wings, and fries served in a chic interior with professional service!
Lucky Hoof is a chic and modern space at the Angler, with delicious food, exceptional service, and a full-service bar. While the food is great, we also think this place has one of the best interiors in Oakham.
Whether you come during the day or night, the place always has a lot of hustle and bustle, it’s just that kind of restaurant. But luckily there’s plenty of places to sit so even when busy there tends to be space.
They have a set daily menu but it’s their Pizza, burgers, steaks and roasts that tend to get the most orders. Lucky Hoof also has offers and discount deals that you can make use of, such as kids meals for under £5.
Lucky Hoof is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 to 11 pm
Address: 6 Mill St, Oakham
3. Hitchen’s Barn
A homey and cosy environment with a unique and delicious seasonal menu by award winning chefs! Perfect for date night!
The award-winning Hitchen’s Barn was opened by two humble locals and serves elevated local cuisine from ingredients they source from across the UK.
The interior showcases the owners’ love for staying true to their roots. It’s a homey-looking space that really does feel like a decorated barn, with mismatched furniture, lots of trinkets and knick-knacks lining the walls, as well as fairy lights. It almost feels like something out of a movie!
Their food is also very special. They have different menus in different seasons, so you’ll get served something entirely different in winter than in summer – after all, they rely on seasonal ingredients and local produce.
While we can’t recommend anything specific due to the seasonal nature of Hitchen’s Barn, their steaks are very popular and well worth trying. They tend to have a good dessert selection too.
Hitchen’s Barn is closed on Sunday and Monday, but open all other days from noon to 3:30 pm for their lunch service and 6:30 pm to 11 pm for their dinner service.
Address: 12 Burley Rd, Oakham
Upscale eatery serving authentic Indian food with a local twist! Family-friendly with lots of vegetarian options!
We always thing getting to try some amazing Indian food is always a highlight when dining out, so if you’re anything like us then you should definitely try out Sarpech when you’re in town.
It’s easily one of the best Indian restaurants in Oakham and the surrounding region, and while you’ll find classic Indian cuisine dishes here, you’ll find some very unique ones too.
Sarpech is a fine dining establishment, with a classy and elegant interior, so dress to impress! Luckily there’s plenty of room for everyone to be accommodated, even on busy days, so you’ll likely be able to just turn up without making a reservation (although it’s never a bad idea to make one).
As for what we recommend,their vegetable chaat platter, Seafood Biryani, Butter Chicken Masala, Tandoori Chicken and Tarka Daal are all great dishes that Sarpech are known for.
Get some Cucumber Raita and Peshawari Naan to accompany your meal and you’ll be sorted!
Sarpech is only closed on Monday, so open all other days from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Address: 4, Burley’s corner, 4 Burley Rd, Oakham
5. GA Sushi Oakham
Traditional Japanese cuisine served in an Asian-inspired interior with amazing service! Outdoor seating is available too.
Another one of our favorite international flavors to have whenever dining out is Japanese. after all, there’s just something about having fresh sushi that no other food can quite come close to. Luckily if you enjoy sushi or other Japanese specialties then you can try GA Sushi!
Alongside fantastic food, GA Sushi has a great interior too. It’s cosy and inviting with many seating options to choose from as well as a fully stocked bar.
Lots of Japanese-inspired decorations line the wall, and the most stunning piece is the Japanese calligraphy that you can find at the back. It’s simply gorgeous, so sit near it if you get the chance so you can get some great dinner photos!
As for what to have, we suggest trying their Panko Bread King Prawn bowl, or their Spicy Pork Tan Tan if you aren’t into sushi.
But if you do like sushi you’re in for a real treat! Just check out all the flavors they have listed in their Nigiri menu and you’re bound to find something you like.
The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays but open all other days from 12-3 pm for lunch and from 4:30 to 9:30 pm for dinner.
Address: Bakers Yard, 4 Church St, Oakham.
6. The Larder Oakham
A beloved local and independent restaurant serving a little bit of everything! Perfect for a light lunch or hearty breakfast.
Dining out while travelling doesn’t always have to mean having meals that are unhealthy or that will make you feel bloated or heavy later. Sometimes having something light during the day can add that energy you need for all the sightseeing and shopping that you’re going to soon indulge in! For days like those head over to The Larder.
The Larder is the perfect small-town bakery as well, so if you love stocking up on local baked delights this is the place to go when you’re craving something sweet.
It has some spots to sit, but they also have a to-go option so if you’re in a hurry you can easily just grab something tasty to go.
However, we do suggest dining in because this place is unlike anything else in town and is easily one of the best restaurants in Oakham for breakfast.
In particular, get your hands on their buttermilk pancakes, Big Breakfast, and Scrambled eggs – all of which are regularly ordered!
They also make some of the best coffee in town, so make sure to grab a cup.
From their lunch menu, try out their light sandwiches for something tasty but not too heavy.
Catch The Larder open every day apart from Monday, between 8:30 am to 4 pm.
Address: 2C Mill St, Oakham
7. The Lord Nelson
Neighborhood pub serving some delicious food, with a full stocked bar and exceptional staff and service! Outdoor seating and kids menu are available too.
The Lord Nelson is a pub unlike any other, with not only the most unique drinks collection around, but also some of the best food you’ll have in any pub in town!
Located in an old building that’s been restored and renovated, this place has a lot of character. Each room has a unique vibe alongside some stunning decorations and artwork. Plus they have a great outdoor space for enjoying a pint in the sun.
Whether you choose to sit inside or out, the food and the hospitality of the staff is sure to make your visit memorable.
For food, we recommend trying out all the local’s favorites, especially their sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, and the tasty sticky toffee pudding.
They also serve one of the best Sunday Roasts in the region, so if you’re in Oakham around Sunday lunchtime you know where to go!
The Lord Nelson is conveniently open seven days a week, making it a great place to go to when other restaurants in Oakham are closed.
Address: 11 Market Pl, Oakham
That’s it, everyone – all our favourite restaurants in Oakham! We hope you make some amazing memories during your travels and have a wonderful time when visiting.