GLOUCESTERSHIRE can hold its culinary head high as a clutch of restaurants are featured in a guide to the best places to eat across the South West.
Foodie favourites including the Lumiere, in Cheltenham, and Lower Slaughter Manor are among those celebrated by Trencherman’s Guide 2014/15.
The county has been well and truly put on the dining map by the guide which features a mouth-watering 122 restaurants and hotels across eight counties.
Michael Caines’ Abode restaurant in Exeter was the venue for the launch of the guide and he said: “The guide showcases only the very best dining experiences in the South West.
“It is the only independent, quality controlled guide for the region and is run by, and for, the industry.”
The guide also features the Wild Garlic Restaurant and Rooms in Nailsworth, Bibury Court near Cirencester, and considers the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, in the Forest of Dean, The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter, The Daffodil, Purslane and Svea Café and Restaurant, all in Cheltenham, as ‘rising stars’.
The guide’s editor Jo Rees said: “It’s remarkable how the food and drink industry in the South West continues to develop, and the increased number of restaurants in the Trencherman’s Guide this year is testament to that.
“Outside of London, the South West continues to lead the field.”