Lumiere keeps seeing its name in lights since Somerset born chef Jon Howe took charge of the kitchen in January 2009. A year later he snatched the coveted Cotswold Life Restaurant of The Year award in 2010 – and again in 2011. More recently Lumiere was named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2017.
There’s no doubt that this is fine dining in elegant surroundings but it’s not stuffy at all. The styling is contemporary favouring aubergine and ivory hues and those little details – from Bernadaub white plates to Riedel wine glasses – spell quality. Helen is a warm and relaxed front of house who puts diners at ease and enthuses about her husband’s creations.
Signature dishes include crispy pork belly, carrot, orange & anise puree with cumin caramel – sweetly fragrant and moreish. Their food philosophy is to keep it British and seasonal with sustainable fish from day boats in Cornwall and local meat. A great example is his Badminton Estate venison served with red cabbage, ‘brussels & squeak’, cep – and for a twist – chocolate, which adds intensity to those wintry flavours.
You can tell he learned from the best – not least Heston Blumenthal. He’s worked in Michelin-starred restaurants including Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck at Bray and, here in the Cotswolds at the Lords of the Manor.
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