11 restaurants nationwide have been awarded three AA rosettes this January and Cheltenham’s Lumière Restaurant is named among the rosette winners.
The AA announces the winners of its three, four and five rosette awards twice a year, in January and September.
Simon Numphud, the head of the AA Hotel Services said: “The restaurants receiving the multi rosette awards should be duly proud of their achievements. Those with three rosettes are outstanding restaurants that demand recognition well beyond their local area offering sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients with consistent timing, seasoning and judgement of flavour. Around just 10% of the restaurants in our guide have three rosettes or above.”
What the AA say about Lumière;
The discreet frontage is easy to miss on Clarence Parade, but look out for the restaurant’s name etched onto the single window pane. Jon and Helen Howe’s restaurant, with its gently contemporary interior and smart table settings, is one of the town’s most alluring dining destinations, where everything from dynamic canapés (smoked eel and wasabi croquette, say) and breads (check out the amazing brown fig and raisin version) are made in-house. Jon runs the kitchen with verve, delivering a repertoire that reveals classical roots and an up-to-date approach. Every ingredient is on the plate for a reason, with every flavour and texture hitting home, and the food is very prettily arranged, too. A starter of diver-caught scallops, for example, arrives with a lovely glaze in the company of spiced pork belly and orange and star anise purée, while main-course Gigha halibut with oxtail croquette and chanterelles confirms the skilled hand at the stove. Cotswold fallow deer is a seasonal treat served up with heritage beetroots and a sauce enriched with chocolate, and a dessert of damson soufflé has local sloe gin poured into its heart at the table. Helen runs with front-of-house with charm and confidence.
“We’re absolutely thrilled, to be awarded 3 AA Rosettes today, it is a huge achievement for us. It really pays homage to all the hard work that we have put in over the last 7 years and we are immensely proud of our team”.