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Clarence Parade, CHELTENHAM, GL50 3PA

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Lumière is AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2016-2017. The discreet frontage is easy to miss on Clarence Parade, but look out for the restaurant's name etched onto the single window pane and a small awning over the door. Jon and Helen Howe's restaurant, with its gently contemporary interior and smart table settings, is one of the town's most alluring dining destinations, where everything from dynamic canapés (smoked eel and wasabi croquette, say) and breads (check out the amazing brown fig and raisin version) are made in-house. Jon runs the kitchen with verve, delivering a repertoire that reveals classical roots and an up-to-date approach. Every ingredient is on the plate for a reason, with every flavour and texture hitting home, and the food is very prettily arranged, too. A starter of diver-caught scallops, for example, arrives with a lovely glaze in the company of spiced pork belly and orange and star anise purée, while main-course Gigha halibut with oxtail croquette and chanterelles confirms the skilled hand at the stove. Cotswold fallow deer is a seasonal treat served up with heritage beetroots and a sauce enriched with chocolate, and a dessert of damson soufflé has local sloe gin poured into its heart at the table. Helen runs front-of-house with charm and confidence.

Further information

Tel: 01242 222200
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks winter, 2 wks summer
Days closed for lunch: Tue-Thu

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Jon Howe
Number of seats: 25
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 3
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 8 yrs.



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Nearest station: Cheltenham Spa

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