Review on Lumière
Chef Jon Howe and his partner Helen Aubrey took over Lumière in 2008 and set about building an outstanding reputation, which has resulted in numerous awards including scooping the AA Restaurant of the Year for England in 2016. It's a little gem of a restaurant tucked away in a Regency terrace just off Cheltenham's Promenade with its stunning architecture and tree-lined boulevards. Inside, the dining room looks calm, contemporary and stylish - think cool purple and cream colour schemes, displays of modern art and glass, and a simple opalescent candle chimney on each table. The prevailing mood is one of cosy, personal intimacy.
Jon trained under some of the finest Chefs in the country, most notably John Campbell, Heston Blumenthal & Stuart McCleod and while his cooking follows the seasons, his menus are built from supplies of local and regional produce, supplemented by fish from the coast. To start, there might be a quail terrine with Scotch egg, mushroom puree and "Tomato Ketchup" or hand-dived Cornish scallops with crispy pork belly, cumin caramel, carrot, orange & anise puree. Main courses also show a creative streak - perhaps venison loin with pearl barley, braised red cabbage, watercress and dark chocolate. Desserts are mostly fun-loving creations - pistachio & olive oil cake with thyme scented blancmange, rhubarb sorbet and plum puree, for example.
The wine list makes fascinating reading, with some particularly interesting stuff from California and South Africa, as well as classy Burgundies and Bordeaux.
Lumière is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 1.30pm (last orders) Fri & Sat
Dinner: 7.00 - 8.30pm (last orders) Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express