Two new restaurants coming to Wilmslow


Local commercial property landlords Orbit Developments have announced two retail lettings making its retail portfolio in Wilmslow town centre fully let.

The new deals have taken place with restaurants Oro Foods and Sotto which are both due to open in Wilmslow town centre in early 2018.

Oro Foods will be opening an Italian tapas restaurant called Casa Italia and aim to bring an authentic Italian cuisine to the town complete with deli counter stocked with traditional Italian foods and brands.

They will be located on Alderley Road in the ground floor property which was previously let to Cook & Baker.

This will be the second outlet for Oro Foods, with their first restaurant located in Didsbury.

Managing Director for Orbit Developments, Tony Jones commented on the news: "An agreement has been reached with Oro foods, which will be opening shortly demonstrating the demand for vacant units in Wilmslow with a landlord that takes a commercial approach to re-marketing and engaging with potential new occupiers to open their facility in Wilmslow adding to the growing and emerging café culture."

The second letting to Sotto restaurant will see the former Samsi restaurant on Wilmslow Green transformed into a Spanish and Italian themed fusion eatery totalling 1,480 sq ft and spread over two floors. Sotto is scheduled to open next month.

Casa Italia, Sotto


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Oliver Romain
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 8:42 am
Spanish and Italian? Restaurants rarely suceed in doing two or more styles of food. Stick to one and do it well. I’ll give them a go no doubt. Spanish could work well but not so sure about Spitalian!
Nick Jones
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 2:57 pm
Best of luck to them both ! look forward to sampling their wares !
Richard Nolan
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 4:32 pm
We need a bus service in this Area, so that Diners can travel to a
New restraunt with no worries about getting back and too.OK yes.x.
Richard Nolan
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 5:36 pm
Restaurant !!
John Harries
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 12:01 am
Oh, good. Just the ticket - and the parking is just great too.
So pleased Orbit will have a bit of cash coming in - wonder how long that will last?
John Mills
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 6:52 am
Quote in story “demonstrating the demand for vacant retail premises” suggest Mr Jones walks around Wilmslow and count the empty units. Who is he kidding - not the public
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 6:57 am
What's wrong with the parking? The Alderley Road location is pretty much opposite the car park by Sainsbury's and the other one has some spaces of its own and is within spitting distance of the leisure centre car park.
John Harries
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 9:06 am
@Jon Armstrong
Take a look at the header picture for the article, that's Wareham Street (or maybe it should be renamed Jones' Corner).
Wake up and smell the coffee (pardon the pun), if you want to use these units during the day, parking is a nightmare, even at weekends.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 10:31 am
Yes I know where it is. As I said, there are parking spaces in front and the Leisure centre car park is no distance at all away. In the evenings, when restaurants do most of their business, it is pretty easy to park after office workers have gone home.

If this is the standard you are going to hold every shop, cafe, restaurant or anything else to, you may as well just give up on the town and develop Handforth Dean more, as virtually none of the units on Grove Street, Church Street, Alderley Road, Water Lane, Chapel Lane or any of the shopping areas offer any parking at all by virtue of those streets predating mass car ownership. This restaurant will actually have a few spaces which is instantly more than almost all in Wilmslow.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 12:50 pm
Just what we need - more eateries providing food with low costing ingredients. There are over 20 venues in the town centre serving food day and evenings. Another 10 or so are also open just during the day. This doesn't count the burger bar or takeaways only open at night. The majority offer very ordinary food at a reasonable cost but whether there is the market for much more remains to be seen. The continued loss of genuine retail (where you can actually buy something) will lead to a loss of shoppers although the worshippers of the great god retail generally cannot help themselves of a weekend and have to set off for the nearest altar pausing only for a hugely expensive coffee to wave about like an offering.
I wish these two well although I won't be a guinea pig and will wait for reports before a possible visit. However longevity is unlikely.
Paul Rowlands
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 9:17 pm
I'm struggling a little with Mr Worthingtons comments. For starters, this is two restaurants replacing a restaurant and a coffee shop, so a nil net gain in eateries. Also, what is the relevance of the cost of ingredients, and how on earth do you know how much this amount is? For all we know, they may well be excellent venues selling great food.

I don't understand this idea of "genuine" retail. I don't think there are many shops in the middle of Wilmslow where you can pop in for a bag of assorted screws or four candles. Those days are long gone, and there are still some excellent shops to be found further out of town on Chapel Lane for example. It's time to wake up and smell the hugely expensive coffee and accept that Wilmslow is a destination town where people come for a coffee, a beer and a spot of lunch, with some window shopping and an occasional purchase at Hoopers. Wilmslow is a busy little town, with people spending money, on this basis, and long may it continue. And we are no different to Didsbury, Bramhall, Poynton or any other affluent town or village in the UK.
Caroline Barker
Friday 16th February 2018 at 12:22 pm
You can certainly buy four candles at Vikings (Grove Arcade). Plus all kinds of other genuinely useful items.
Simon Worthington
Friday 16th February 2018 at 2:11 pm
Paul - two new venues in place of two that have closed presumably due to lack of profit. The ingredients' costs of average Spanish/Italian restaurants are easily accessed if you need to price them and I seriously doubt if either of these two will be non-conforming gourmet outlets. The proliferation of Italians is mainly due to low ingredient costs.
The retail points are made to indicate that - yes - those who have come to drink/eat will do so but the shoppers who have come to shop won't be there to drink/eat.
Alistair Yates
Friday 16th February 2018 at 3:40 pm
I wouldn't struggle with it too much Paul. If I remember correctly, Simon predicted that Cibo would be an unmitigated disaster because it was too close to Tesco's bins....

More restaurants and bars are always a welcome addition to boost Wilmslow's night-time economy.

Look forward to visiting!
Alan Brough
Friday 16th February 2018 at 4:31 pm
I ate in Cibo's once.......didn't like looking at Tesco's bins.

I do however look forward to the arrival of two new eateries as I believe that the right offering in the right place can be successful - I think the Wood Fire Pizza place on Water Lane appears to be proving the point.
Paul Rowlands
Friday 16th February 2018 at 10:37 pm
Thanks Alistair, I appreciate your comment, and wholeheartedly agree with you. Simon, you seem to know your onions (pardon the foodie pun). I'm fascinated by your last comment regarding ingrediant cost being readily available for "average, Spanish/Italian restaurants". Does that data really exist? And do people really look at it? Wow. That's a scary thought - I'd always assumed having a meal out was all about the company, ambience and the taste of the grub.

On your second point, I would be very suprised if people shopping in Wilmslow are disappointed with their shop. I'm pretty certain no-one rocks up from outside of town to buy groceries. People come here for the experience, a meal and if they are lucky, a beer. I have friends who come from miles away simply for that. They buy their carrots at Tesco.
Alistair Yates
Friday 16th February 2018 at 11:01 pm
That’s a pleasure Paul. I don’t usually post but, on this occasion, felt that something positive was necessary, just for the sake of variety.
Chris Neill
Saturday 17th February 2018 at 8:13 am
Caroline , do you know if they supply handles for forks at Vikings also ?
Simon Worthington
Saturday 17th February 2018 at 3:21 pm 15kg pizza sauce £14.50 flour 16kg £9.50 the average pizza costs less than a quid for ingredients and I am sure the cost of pasta is well known. Of course after all the authorities/landlords scalping and other running costs the actual cost on the table is somewhat more. While sitting commenting on businesses with, seemingly, a poor plan I am not thinking of my next meal. I have also been to Cibo once and the starter sized main course at £4 more than the pretty awful Piccolinos put me off (along with a great veiw of the bins).
Paul Rowlands
Saturday 17th February 2018 at 5:10 pm
Simon, I think that's really unfair, on a number of levels. Firstly, you have no idea of where they source their ingredients. They may well import them from Italy for all we know. Fairly sweeping generalisation that the average pizza costs a quid. They may well top them with buffalo mozzerella, the finest Italian Prosciutto, and truffle shavings! Again, you dont know. In fact, re-reading the article, it doesn't even mention they will serve pizza!

I really don't see how you have concluded they have a "poor plan" from what we know. The article states one of them already has a restaurant in Didsbury, so they must know what they are doing. I'm assuming you speak from experience from running restaurants yourself? I say give them a chance, let them turn a decent profit and have many happy, satisfied customers.
Oliver Romain
Saturday 17th February 2018 at 5:57 pm
There is a lot of capital going into restaurants at the moment. We will likely see an oversupply for a few years yet. Failure rate is high but successful restaurants are highly profitable. Let them come and compete for our cash. Early doors offers are always welcome for young families.
Martin Kitchin
Sunday 18th February 2018 at 7:57 am
Hi Oliver,

There were a succession of restaurants up here in Summerfields Village over the years on the corner of Ringstead Drive.

Sadly none seem to have worked. The last closed within a few months and it is now a very smart & large charity shop.

During the day there's no doubt that car parking is very difficult for all the local retailers. That might have been part of the problem ? Possibly because also we are not town centre ?


John Clegg
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 4:11 pm
Who goes out to dinner, counting the cost that precisely? You'll never get value for money if you think "well, I could do that cheaper at home".
There's a handful of "carvery"-pubs around about who will do those Sunday roasts at about a fiver - or less! - so you can always try them.
Estelle Lewis
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 10:29 pm
I kind of agree with the chap who was waffling on about the cost of pizza, but it was the take-away type. The basic pizza (crust, tomato, cheese) is really a hot cheese butty but at a highly inflated price.

Thankfully I rarely eat out, I think I've watched too many "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" - but I've enjoyed reading some of these sometimes amusing comments!