The Merry Monk has now become L'Oliveto, an Italian restaurant (although the Merry Monk name is retained for the adjoining guesthouse). I suggest keeping on as a pub as the bar is still there at the moment and they will be having live music and other events, but it needs keeping an eye on as it could be discontinued.

In other Oakham news: the Mill Street is signed as closed although it is not clear if this is temporary or permanent; the former Royal Duke is now an Indian restaurant which allegedly has a bar but for diners only; and the former Three Crowns appears to be intact inside as a pub but still firmly closed.