Lead by husband and wife team Jon and Helen Howe, Lumiere is an elegant fine dining experience in the heart of Cheltenham, with a reputation for innovative food. Since opening in January 2009, the restaurant has received numerous local and national awards including AA Restaurant of the Year for England in 2016, 3 AA Rosettes, and a Michelin Green Star.
The latter of those is down to the restaurant's 15-acre smallholding, which the restaurant uses to produce a huge range of fruits and vegetables, as well as micro herbs and edible flowers. The farm itself employs a 'no dig' method and is run in a completely organic way. There are no chemicals used - instead the farm opts for physical and biological solutions to pests.
All that homegrown produce - alongside meat, fish and seafood sourced from local fishermen and farmers - goes straight onto the menu at the restaurant, so you can be assured that everything you eat in the restaurant is as fresh as possible. Lumiere offers four, six and eight-course tasting menus, as well as a vegetarian menu. At the time of writing, the eight course menu opens up with Kestral potato, with smoked eel from the River Severn, apple, caviar, and smoked pepper dulse - a type of seaweed found in the nearby Severn estuary. Line caught sea bass comes with St Austell Bay mussels, wild garlic capers and coco beans. Pastry chef Anna Wise takes over on desserts with stunning creations like Valrhona Caramelia milk chocolate with passionfruit, mango and seame, and damson soufflé with yoghurt and almond milk.
Vegetarian dishes are equally innovative and interesting, making Lumiere one of the most exciting restaurants in the country for vegetarians.