“Enjoy modern British cuisine with plenty of bold flavours” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We have reduced tables & covers to ensure guests feel safe & have no need to wear face coverings. Each table has their own hand sanitiser made by a local distillery. We have a discrete virtual queuing system for the bathrooms - the bathrooms are thoroughly cleaned after each use. The restaurant is now paperless - all menus, wine lists and bills are accessed via individual ipads. Cloakroom procedures are in place - each jacket is placed in a clean suitcover to ensure there is no cross contamination. Enhanced staff welfare checks to include daily anosmia & ageusia testing.
Our Inspector's view
The elegant Lumière, owned and run by the Howes, lies a little way off the leafy promenade for which Cheltenham is famous. The building may be an unassuming terrace, but indoors looks the very image of a modern dining room. It’s an understated classy affair decorated in a soothing combination of cream and aubergine tones, statement mirrors and abstract artworks all adding up to a setting that says this is an operation of serious culinary intent. However, the capable hand of Helen Howe on the front-of-house tiller makes for a relaxing experience so nothing is too stiff or formal. Jon Howe's inventive British cooking delivers vibrant modern flavours, deploying plenty of technical wizardry showcased in tasting menus of six or eight courses. Another way to appreciate Lumière and see what it has to offer is to come for lunch on Friday or Saturday and try the four-course tasting menu. If you’re coming for the full tasting menus, then things begin with a volley of snacks such as Cornish crab, pink grapefruit and viola or mac and cheese with black garlic and autumn truffle. The palate suitably primed, further courses might see diver-caught Orkney scallops matched with tomato, ponzu and basil. A mid-meal tequila shot with salt and lime clears the way for the meaty satisfaction of Stokes Marsh Farm beef fillet, hispi cabbage, onion and dill. Dessert creations are equally pleasurable, such as damson souffle, yoghurt and almond milk. Vegetarians are well catered for too, with a tasting menu that’s no mere afterthought and shows the same level of creativity in dishes such coronation cauliflower, apricot, crème fraîche and almond or butternut squash, moussaka, girolle mushrooms, broad beans, spinach and spiced orange. Some produce comes from the recently established kitchen garden.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 20
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 18
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 14
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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