Head Chef at the only Hotel Michelin Star Restaurant in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire

Head Chef at Lords of the Manor is Charles Smith.

Charles joined us after gaining experience at Petrus by Marcus Wareing, Per Se (at the time rated the best restaurant in New York, rated 10th in the world), Kitchen Table, Fera at Claridges, and most recently the Michelin Starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury. His initial break came when, spotting Gordon Ramsay at a food festival, he asked him for a job.

The hotel has achieved Michelin Star status for over 8 consecutive years and is completely unique amongst the Michelin Star restaurants in The Cotswolds.

Charles, a Lancastrian, says that he started to take cooking seriously at the age of 14 and confesses to an obsession with the sourcing of ingredients, something that may have been instilled from childhood market visits with his great grandfather to buy fresh black pudding, smoked herrings, beetroots and damsons.  Charles relishes the opportunities that Lords of the Manor’s rural setting offers and says that he simply aims to follow the seasons and to stay in touch with what is happening outside the kitchen in terms of producers and suppliers.

A few questions…

Who, or what, provides you with most inspiration?

The best inspiration comes from the changing of the seasons and the best quality produce available at that time.  Seeing the dedication that suppliers have with their product is also very inspirational and drives the team to treat every ingredient with the utmost respect.

What’s your favourite ingredient at the moment?

It has to be the Wye Valley asparagus.

What’s your ideal holiday?

Provence in the summer

What do you like most about being a chef?

I enjoy working with my hands, having the freedom to create and taste food all day and night.


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Lords of the Manor is popular as a gourmet dining destination with a Michelin award that also notes its scenic setting.

Most ingredients are locally sourced and come from producers in nearby villages.

Our menus change regularly, but see some of our examples.

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