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“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”.
Lumiere is a 3AA Rosette Award winning dining experience in the heart of the Cotswolds offering contemporary menus which are unique in using the very best in British, seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from the wonderful produce that is available.
Somerset born Chef Jon Howe and his wife and Restaurant Manager Helen opened Lumiere Restaurant in 2009, located just steps from Cheltenham’s famous tree lined Promenade, as the restaurant which they would love to go to. The irony that Lumiere is now the one restaurant that they will never be able to eat in is not lost on them, for as long as the restaurant is open they will be working.
Almost hidden behind a discreet and understated façade you will be led into Lumiere’s relaxing and welcoming dining room, offering a 5-Course Dinner Menu and 9 Course Tasting Menu Wednesday to Saturday evening and a 3-Course Lunch Menu and 6-Course Tasting Menu Friday & Saturday lunchtime. The menus are constantly evolving as the produce changes through the seasons and are complemented by Lumiere’s award-winning wine list which offers more than 24 wines by the glass and an eclectic selection of wines from around the globe.
Whether visiting for business or pleasure a meal at Lumiere will provide a memorable fine dining experience.
|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
Somerset born Jon Howe has trained under some of the finest Chefs in the country, most notably John Campbell, Heston Blumenthal & Stuart McCleod.
After studying at Bath College, Jon worked for a number of Michelin starred & other highly acclaimed restaurants, gastropubs and hotels and was also selected for the British Culinary Team, with whom he competed at several international competitions with great success.
Jon took his first Head Chefs job at the age of 25 and since then he has acquired the skills and experience to make him one of the most competent and exciting chefs in the country. Now given the freedom to cook his own food with no managerial or owner restraints for the first time his culinary ability has developed its own identity at Lumière.
Lumière Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Inventive dishes, precisely cooked without pretentious twiddles. Charming and informative service, in a small, pleasant and calm room. Such an enjoyable experience."
Clarence Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 3PA
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|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|