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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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High-octane cooking from a hands-on chef

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

In a Regency terrace not far from the town centre, Jon and Helen Howe's restaurant presents an understated face to the world, with its name etched onto the single window and a discreet awning over the door. Inside, it’s a gently contemporary affair with mirrors and smart table settings, where Helen runs front-of-house with charm and confidence, and Jon Howe brings his own highly distinctive stamp to the cooking, delivering a thrilling repertoire brimming with well-judged complexity, confident technique and flashes of genius. Compositions are intelligently thought through, with every flavour and texture making an impact, and the food is very easy on the eye too. A starter of squab pigeon, for example, arrives in the company of Jerusalem artichoke, black pudding, sauerkraut and fig, while main-course brings a sound pairing of Cornish cod (sourced from day boats, naturally) and pork cheek with salsify, celeriac, cockles and red wine sauce. Top-drawer Cotswold meats might be represented by Stokes Marsh Farm beef served up with onion, ceps, a sauce enriched with wheat beer, and the aromatic delights of wild garlic and truffle. Invention extends to desserts such as a brilliant confection involving Valrhona blonde chocolate with pineapple, banana, popcorn, passionfruit and yuzu.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in winter and 2 weeks in summer
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Jon Howe

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 75
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 25
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 25

Getting here

Town centre, near bus station

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Cheltenham Spa
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Three-course lunch from£35**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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