Harden's survey result
“On our foodie tour of the area’s culinary heavy hitters (four in four nights) Lumière was by far the best in every way! – the food itself, the artistry and invention of the cooking, the front of house…!” Jon & Helen Howe’s small (just 24 covers) venture “benefits from a feeling of intimacy and calm” and scored the top ratings in town this year. Jon Howe’s food is “out of this world” with “some very good flavour combinations, some very clever and precise cooking” – all “without pretentious twiddles”. Dishes are delivered by the “serene and endlessly helpful Helen in charge of a small team” and “you are made to feel your dining experience is uppermost in their minds rather than your visit being an opportunity for them to ‘showcase’”. “We liked it so much that we went back to Cheltenham just to eat there again!” (STOP PRESS, the restaurant closed for eight weeks in summer 2019 after Jon Howe broke his ankle walking, but is now up and running again).
“Up there with experiences we’ve had at the country’s top restaurants!” – chef Jon Howe conjures up “precise, innovative but grounded cooking” in a “small kitchen” at their “very small, intimate and calm venture”, while his wife Helen heads a “charming, unobtrusive service team”. Happy customers praise what is in effect “fine dining with tailor-made tasting menus, not only for dietary requirements/allergies but also for likes and dislikes”, which come “brimming over with invention and taste”.
“A marriage made in heaven!” – “Helen overseeing the charming, friendly service and her husband Jon creating the beautiful presented dishes” – inspires stellar reviews of the Howe’s “relaxing”, “fine dining” venture. “menus are tailored to individual tastes with advance notice and make good use of local ingredients”.
“Enchanting service from the chef’s wife Helen and her front of house team” adds further lustre to Jon Howe’s “elegantly presented” cuisine at their “peaceful and relaxed” venture, where one reporter particularly appreciated the “exceptional care taken to accommodate all dietary requirements”.
|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
Clarence Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 3PA
|Wednesday||7 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑8:30 pm|