The Best places to Eat in Oakham
Great Dining Destinations In Oakham
The East Midlands in England is renowned for its natural beauty and the palpable air of history that permeates each town and village within its borders. Among the area’s scattered hamlets is a market town that the word ‘picturesque’ seems tailored to. This is Oakham, a market town that is filled to the brim with a sense of history and culture. All who visit will retain memories of a town that epitomises the wonder of the Rutland region.
However Oakham offers more than just that sense of having stepped back in time – it also boasts some of the best dining establishments in the area. To ignore the culinary offerings in and around Oakham is to pass up the opportunity to indulge in great British and internationally influenced cuisine.
If you should find yourself in the vicinity of Oakham reserve your table at one of these fine dining establishments and discover why the town is viewed by many as one the United Kingdoms hidden jewels of the British restaurant scene.
"An exceptional family run hotel ... with fresh seasonal ingredients"
The Admiral Hornblower
This great dining destination has its home in an exceptional family run hotel which was built in the 17th century as a country farmhouse. The legacy of the fresh produce that was part of the country life lives on in the menu of the Admiral Hornblower where fresh, seasonal ingredients are lovingly employed to create wonderful rural dishes such as the ‘grain store beer battered haddock’ with the obligatory mushy peas or the cottage pie with pickled red cabbage. Although these dishes may seem simple they are taken to a whole new level by the skilled chef. Great beer and wine selection as well.
Winner of two ‘Michelin Bib Gourmand’ awards the quality of the pub dining experience simply shines at this venue. Seasonal and locally produced fare are the stars of the show. Highlights such as the ‘Launde Farm lamb casserole’ and the pork and chorizo pate make return visits an absolute must. This restaurant always receives rave reviews based on friendly, exceptional service and a great ambience.
"Winner of two 'Michelin Bib Gourmand' awards"
"Barbary duck breast with a reduction of pink grapefruit and marmalade"
The Wisteria Hotel
The Hunters Bar Kitchen at the Wisteria has a long and proud history of providing patrons with not only a convivial choice when it comes to liquid refreshment but also in the provision of top-class culinary offerings. The hotel, which was built as a hunting lodge in 1604 lends an ambience of refinement to the offerings from Hunters. Although menus change regularly a sampling of some of the items that have been offered such as the ‘Barbary duck breast’ with a reduction of pink grapefruit and marmalade or the steaks which have been aged for a month should give an indication of the culinary experience that can be expected.
The Finches Arms
Once again fresh, seasonal and sustainably produced raw ingredients lend a depth of flavour to the dishes on offer at the Finches Arms. Summer allows for al fresco dining while roaring winter fires add to the exceptional ambience of the venue. Enjoy the experience with the sharing boards such as the Charcuterie offering with a variety of cold meats or the fish option with Smoked Mackerel, Salmon and Crayfish. Dishes such as the rump of Lamb with Fondant Potato and Parmesan Beans are wonderfully filling choices. There are also a number of exceptional set menu choices.
"fresh, seasonal and sustainably produced raw ingredients"
"Wildwood is the perfect venue for families"
The Wildwood Restaurant
The exceptional ambience and extensive Mediterranean menu make Wildwood the perfect venue for families. Pasta and pizza offerings are inspired and menu choices such as the ‘Wild boar and chorizo burger’ make dining at Wildwoods and experience to be savoured. There are also extensive vegetarian options.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Oakham set aside some time to enjoy the variety of fine dining options available. You will be glad that you did.