This is probably our greatest achievement to date. We were downloading The Sunday Times Food List after service at 2am, we had received a telephone call a couple of weeks before hand informing us of our inclusion in the list and a request for some photographs, but we had no idea of our place. As Helen skipped through the first couple of entries, I told her to start at the other end and work backwards, hoping that our entry would reach close to the top 60. You can only imagine our surprise as Helen turned the page onto Number 37 to see my smiling face starting back at us!
This was the press release;
Lumière named as a New Entry in Sunday Times’ Top 100 Restaurants
Lumière restaurant in Cheltenham has made it into the top 100 UK restaurants in the Sunday Times Food List, in association with Hardens, as the top new entry outside of London.
Congratulations to Jon Howe and Helen Aubrey who have added another accolade to their ever-growing collection – Lumiere has been named as the top new entry outside of London in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, gaining a new entry at 37.
Lumière, run by Chef Patron Jon Howe and his partner Helen Aubrey, is one of 25 new entries to make it into the Sunday Times Britain’s Top 100 Restaurant list, replacing some of last year’s stars.
The Sunday Times Food List – published in full on Sunday, 28 October – ranks Britain’s top 100 restaurants by the quality of their food. It is compiled together with the Harden’s restaurant guide and based on 75,000 reports from regular diners.
Jon said: “Making it into the Sunday Times Food List 2012 is a wonderful accolade especially as it comes from the customers who enjoy our fine dining year-round in the restaurant.
Jon said: “Lumière specialises in modern British cuisine, using seasonal and local produce as much as possible. We have a lot of support locally, things are going very well and I’m optimistic that the we can continue to build on our excellent reputation and further raise the profile of the restaurant.”
Helen Aubrey said: “This is a magnificent tribute to Jon and our dedicated team. I’m delighted that so many of our customers have judged our food to be superb and have shared their views.
Karen Robinson, Editor of The Sunday Times Food List said: “You have to be spectacularly good to make it into the Sunday Times Food List.” “Whoever is in or out, up or down, that decision is made not by picky critics or anonymous lone-dining inspectors; these restaurants have risen- or fallen- on the assessment of thousands of diners spending their own money and eating out for their own enjoyment.”
Lumière is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and Wednesday to Saturday for lunch with two courses at lunch from £22 and dinner from £42.