Lumiere 22

Clarence Parade , Cheltenham, GL50 3PA

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SquareMeal Review of Lumiere

It may be hidden away in one of Cheltenham’s Regency terraces, but Jon and Helen Howe’s smart little restaurant is cherished for its personal approach and “consistently good food” – he cooks while she oversees front-of-house in friendly, engaging style. The cream and white dining room may feel a tad formal, but service is refreshingly free from airs and graces. Likewise, the kitchen tempers ambitious, whimsical ideas with good sense and a respect for the basics, transforming high-spec produce into thoroughly modern dishes ranging from Springfield Farm chicken with smoked eel, Jersey royals and wild leeks to day-boat turbot partnered by bulgur wheat, ratatouille, salsify and brown shrimps. Locally reared lamb in a good call in season, while desserts mighty include a cheeky riff on sticky toffee pudding involving a soufflé, salted lime caramel and custard. Prices are surprisingly modest (particularly at lunchtime), and there are plenty of inviting possibilities on the approachable wine list. “Our first choice when eating locally”, noted one fan.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

This wine list is a great example of doing simple things well. It’s beautifully presented without being gimmicky, and impressively accurate and consistent. The wines are fairly priced and well-chosen for the clientele, with a good spread of prices.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Cheltenham Spa Station 1km

Winchcombe Station 10km


Address: Clarence Parade , Cheltenham GL50 3PA

Opening times

Fri-Sat 12N-1.30pm Tues-Sat 7-9pm

Nearby Landmarks

Cox's Meadow 1km

University of Gloucestershire 1km


Telephone: 01242 222200


Cuisine: Modern European

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