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Sarpech in Oakham is a stylish Indian restaurant and wine bar. Set on the first floor of a town centre building, the owners have invested time and effort to create a welcoming, comfortable space where you can enjoy fantastic drinks, excellent Indian food and top-class service.

Climb the stairs and you enter the bar, where you may want to enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail as you study the menu. It’s a lovely room that works perfectly well as a standalone bar (bar snacks are served Tuesday to Thursday). It has exposed brickwork, natural wood and high quality furniture. We sipped our gin and tonics and gazed lovingly at the list of dishes.

After placing your order, you’re shown through to the restaurant – a laid-back, modern-feeling room with nice views of Oakham High Street. There are nods towards Asian culture via artwork on the walls but the forced Indian theme so many curry restaurants opt for is missing in favour of a neutral, tasteful, relaxed design.

The icing on the cake is the food. It’s all cooked beautifully and served lovingly, with clear pride. Poppadoms with three delightful homemade chutneys should not be missed, and if you’re after a classic “Western” Indian dish, you might go for a Tikka Masala, Korma or Madras. We opted for the Vegetarian Combination for two as a starter, followed by the Lamb Tandoori Fillet and Chicken Palak. For dessert, we shared a dense, creamy Kulfi. The food was subtly spiced and cooked well. The dining experience as a whole felt special yet relaxed.

The team have installed a gleaming new kitchen at Sarpech, showing their commitment to great food and dining goes well beyond the cosmetic – their investment and pride in their work deserve to pay off.

By Matt Wright, founder & editor-in-chief

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4 Burley Corner, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DU
01572 842888

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