Cotswold Life

East India Cafe, a Cheltenham fine dining destination, has recently launched its new autumn menu – a celebration of Anglo-Indian culinary tradition married with the best seasonal produce from local suppliers and farmers in the Cotswolds, along with home-grown herbs, freshly ground spices and ingredients from far-flung places.

Head chef Litu Mohiuddin, who has spearheaded East India Cafe since the launch in 2014, has created a menu with its roots in traditional Anglo-Indian cuisine from the British Raj period, with a contemporary twist. The new menu features dishes such a Railway Lamb Curry with 14 days matured Cotswold lamb – a classic Anglo-Indian dish that takes its name from the railway where it was served to British officials. Or the Jalfrezi style Gressingham guinea fowl supreme, with heritage carrot, kohlrabi, pak choi and luchi, inspired by the Jalfrezi recipes that originally appeared in cookbooks of the British Raj as a way of using up leftovers. The menu is £32.95 for 2 courses, £35.95 for 3 courses.

Since August this year, East India Cafe is also serving a set lunch menu on Fridays and Saturdays 12-3pm, with 2 courses for £17.95 and 3 for £19.95.

East India Cafe received a Plate Michelin in the 2018 edition of Guide Michelin – “Steep candlelit steps lead down into a magical basement setting, where you’re greeted by lovely aromas. Anglo-Indian cooking features home-grown herbs, home-ground spices and prime local meats. They also make their own gin.”

Asked about the inspiration behind the autumn menu, Chef Litu Mohiuddin says: “Before creating the menu, our team researched recipes in old Anglo-Indian cookbooks from the Raj period. Using these recipes as a starting point, we then update the flavours to suit a 21st-century palate. We also try to use local and seasonal produce as much as possible.”