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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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Accomplished technical wizardry near the Promenade

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

The Howes' elegant venue lies a little way off the arboreal Promenade for which Cheltenham is famous, and looks the very image of a modern dining room. Its soothing combination of cream and aubergine tones, and the capable hand of Helen Howe on the front-of-house tiller, makes for a supremely relaxing experience, the better to highlight Jon's accomplished culinary wizardry. Every technical flourish of the latter-day kitchen is on show in the all-encompassing tasting menu, which begins with appetisers such as pork scratchings with burnt apple and fennel pollen, and a cornet of Stinking Bishop with savoury granola. Not that those taking fewer courses are in any way short-changed, when a starter of Brixham pollock with shrimps, Jerusalem artichoke and chorizo could be followed by Cotswold fallow deer and cavolo nero with an assertive partnership of chocolate and Stilton. By the time you're on to a dessert of Valrhona Guanaja with passionfruit, pineapple, mango and popcorn, the tasters could well be just hitting their mid-meal tequila shot with salt and lime. Don't overlook the cheeses, a fine selection served with truffle honey.

Opening hours

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


  • Chef(s): Jon Howe

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 18
  • Wines over £30: 88
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • 3-course dinner from: £70
  • Tasting menu from: £70
  • Credit cards accepted


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

Additional information

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

Getting here

Town centre, just off Promenade.

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Cheltenham Spa
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