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Orbis Oakham is moving to the former Mill Street Pub and Kitchen premises after outgrowing its current site

A restaurant and cocktail bar is moving to bigger premises after exceeding expectations in its first 18 months.

Orbis Oakham opened just two months before the start of the pandemic, but where other businesses have struggled in that time, Orbis has gone from strength to strength.

Having proved to be a hit within its first few weeks, the business managed to maintain its customer base throughout the lockdowns with its takeaway offering and community projects.

Orbis Oakham
Orbis Oakham

Owner Jonathan Spencer realised the business was getting too big for its Church Street premises, so has just signed the papers to move into the former Mill Street Pub and Kitchen in Oakham.

He said: “I always thought the business could be something special and in the first few months I realised it was becoming big and we would need to move.

“Covid actually escalated things for us and helped to put the business on the map because we were so prompt in offering takeaways.

Orbis Oakham is moving to Mill Street. Photo: Google
Orbis Oakham is moving to Mill Street. Photo: Google

“As a new business we all still had the enthusiasm to push ahead when the lockdowns started.”

The new premises in Mill Street will allow the team to separate the bar and restaurant areas, increasing capacity for customers who just want to visit for drinks.

There is also a cellar space which will bring opportunities for private hire and special events such as comedy and music nights.

With the aim of opening by mid-November, Jonathan is also turning his thoughts to Christmas events.

Staff at the opening of Orbis in Oakham
Staff at the opening of Orbis in Oakham

He said: “We’ve already been inundated with requests to hire the cellar for office parties and we’re not even open yet!”

Last Christmas the restaurant fell under the government’s tier two restrictions, which meant it was open but customers could only book a table for six.

It wasn’t the first festive period the team had hoped for, so they are already looking forward to welcoming bigger groups with the likelihood of special party packages.

The relocation will also bring a revamped menu, incorporating the sushi menu which has just been launched at Orbis Stamford.

Jonathan took over the new restaurant in May along with the Hoppi Dorri restaurant below, but has just merged the two menus and recorded his best week of trading in the town.

Orbis Oakham was recently labelled ‘best of the best’ in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. Just one per cent of businesses globally receive the commendation.

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