Oakham 'Make Mondays' for locals

Team at new Oakham pub launch campaign to 'Make Mondays' for Rutland residents

The team at a new Oakham pub have launched a campaign to ‘Make Mondays' for people living in Rutland.

Staff at Mill Street Pub & Kitchen, which opened in the heart of Oakham this summer, are aiming to give people living in the county a positive start to their week by surprising residents at their homes with a ‘Golden Ticket' inviting them for a free meal and bottle of wine at the pub.

Chris Watson, general manager of the pub, can currently be found every Monday afternoon at Oakham Library selecting, at random, from the electoral roll that week's winning address. The winners are being selected over eight weeks from addresses in Oakham and 50 surrounding villages in Rutland. The area the winning home is selected from each week is also drawn at random.

Watson is then making a surprise visit to the selected address at 6pm on a Monday to present them with their Golden Ticket to visit the new pub, which has just become a recommended venue by The Great Food Club guide to the best local food and drink independents.

The Mill Street team will be giving out Golden Tickets every Monday until the 21st November.

Chris Watson says: "Some people can find Monday a tough day of the week when they go back to work following the fun and freedom of the weekend. So we wanted to do something to help put a smile on peoples' faces and help beat the Monday blues."

He adds: "It is fantastic to see peoples' reactions when I turn up and surprise them with their Golden Ticket and we are really looking forward to welcoming the lucky winners to Mill Street Pub & Kitchen."

Golden Ticket winners so far include Trevor Hayes from Lyndon. He says: "It was a fantastic surprise and I will be using my ticket very soon."

Another winner is James Glover from Langham, near Oakham. He says: "This Golden Ticket is amazing. I'm overwhelmed."

The Mill Street Pub & Kitchen team is also bringing the spirit of Christmas early to the residents of Oakham with a special Christmas showcase event at the pub this Thursday, 20th October from 3pm to 9pm.

Staff will be wearing Christmas outfits, festive music will be playing and samples of Christmas food and drink will be available to try including roast turkey and ham croquettes with cranberry gravy and pork and chorizo sausage rolls with smoked ketchup.

Pic caption: Golden Ticket winner Trevor Hayes from Lyndon with Chris Watson, general manager of Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham.

Mill Street Pub & Kitchen is located at 6, Mill Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6EA, 01572 729600,