National guide praises Cheltenham food scene

National restaurant guide Harden’s, has officially recognised Cheltenham as a foodie town on the up, with three top rankings in the 2019 guide.

Cheltenham has:

  • Been ranked joint eighth in the ‘Top Scorers’ table 2019, with four Cheltenham restaurants making the top scorers list. This is a new entry for the town which didn’t rank in 2018.
  • Been ranked 16th overall in the UK as a foodie destination for 2019, with 12 restaurants being officially included. Cheltenham has climbed three places since 2018, when it ranked in 19th position
  • two restaurants on the 2019 ‘Top 100 best UK restaurants’ list, with fine-dining establishment Lumière taking spot 61, and Michelin-Starred Le Champignon Sauvage coming in at 64t.

 The 2019 guide is the 28th annual poll from Harden’s, and this year surveyed 8,000 diners who contributed 50,000 reviews between them.

Kelly Ballard, Manager, Marketing Cheltenham, said: “Locals know and love Cheltenham’s foodie scene; the variety, the independents and the quality. We’ve been working hard to promote the town as a foodie destination in recent months, encouraging visitors to make it their foodie destination.

“Now, to have the food scene recognised in the Harden’s Guide on a national scale is absolutely fantastic! It’s even better to have two restaurants in the top 100 nationally, particularly as they are ones we all know and love!

“Congratulations must go to Lumière and Le Champignon Sauvage who make the Top 100 list, and to all those that have been ranked and recommended by The Harden’s Restaurant Guide 2019.”

John and Helen Howe from Lumiere

Lumiere, in Clarence Parade, was named the joint winner of the Restaurant of the Year award at the 2018 Cheltenham BID awards.

BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “Cheltenham has always been a place where independents thrive, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure this continues.

“Being recognised in the Harden’s Guide, and climbing the rankings is a great reward for those who have been working hard to make Cheltenham a fantastic place to live, work and visit.

“In the last two months alone, more than 10 food and drink establishments have opened, including the new WoodKraft restaurant from Masterchef 2015 winner Simon Wood, so it’s great to see the town recognised by Harden’s.”

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