Ram Kumar

Spice Lodge Executive Chef

Ram initially trained at the acclaimed Taj Hotel in Mumbai. His culinary career initially moved to Dubai where Ram led the extremely large kitchens of the 5 Star Fairmont Hotel. After a very illustrious career in Dubai, Ram decided that the UK was the place he could bring his wealth of knowledge and skills.

Ram went on to work in some the UK’s best and finest known culinary Michelin stars with branded chefs establishments, five AA red stars and leading hotels of the world. 

His aim as executive chef is to bring the classics in with a modern twist. His interest is in world cuisine, especially Indian cuisine.

Achievements in the UK

1. As head chef I won the two AA Rosettes and retained these for 3 years.
2. Named as associate member of master chefs of Great Britain for 2017, from Blue Mango.
3. Cooked with one of the finest chefs in the UK and also regularly cooked for some of the top dignity clients including Mukesh Abaini and his family plus many, many more.
4. Winner of the National South Asian chef of the year 2005

Eagle Lodge History

How our amazing building became the Spice Lodge of today.

Eagle lodge was built in 1838 on land which was part of the manor of Cheltenham and was owned by richard Fox, a timber merchant. In 1897, Eagle House was sold for £1005 to a William Wyatt; the surviving sale particulars give a fascinating despcriptions of a house as it was at the time.  

After the next ownership by a Mr Kerr, the last private owner was Edwin Macaulay, who lived there from 1922 until he sold it to the owners of the Langton Hotel (where the tower block now stands) after the war.

The hotel management intended to use it as an extension to the Langton, but the sudden death of their manager caused them to sell it off to another hotelier. It was then run separately as the Montpellier Hotel under several owners. The last was Mrs Meredith, the of FW Meredith, a well-known pioneer in flight control system, who worked at Smiths Industries. She sold it to Eagle Star in 1965 as part of the company's acquisition of the Bath Road site. Renamed Eagle Lodge, in it's early days it was used as a staff hostel.

The Spice Lodge

In 2005 The Spice Lodge converted Eagle Lodge into the salubrious establishment you see before you today, serving the best, and most authentic Pan Asian cuisine in Cheltenham.

SpiceLodge History

How we've started our award winning tradition.

Located in the former old mansion house on Montpellier Drive, The Spice Lodge is Cheltenham’s premiere Pan Asian Indian & Thai Restaurant which offers you a new and exciting taste of the Orient & Sub Continent.

Mohammed H Rahman and his friendly staff offer diners a completely new gastronomic experience; it’s a wonderful place to take your friends and family for an experience to remember.

Delicious fusion of Indian & Thai dishes

At The Spice Lodge, the management develops and practices sustainability which includes locally sourced products.

The Spice Lodge practices a ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ strategy which involves the local community, supports local businesses whilst innovating its unique and delicious fusion of Indian and Thai dishes.

Our hard work in maintaining exceptionally high standards of cooking and service for every customer has led to a number of well-respected awards.

People love our delicious food

Come and visit us - you will love it too!

Dear Mohammed, Thank you for looking after us last night – the food was excellent and your staff were very accommodating and understanding. We look forward to dining with you again soon.

Wendy & Bob Venables

I would like to thank you for an outstanding meal yesterday and even better service. I couldn’t fault anything, you were attentive and everyone commented on what a fantastic evening it was. The staff were so friendly and I will be recommending you to everyone and we will definitely be coming back. Thank you again. Caroline

Caroline Smith

Hi, Thank you very much for a wonderful evening yesterday at the Spice Lodge. Everyone enjoyed the venue, ambiance, the lovely food and the great service. I really appreciate all you efforts to make our team building night a success. I would not hesitate to recommend you to other people and for corporate events. Thanks again. Helen

Helen Colley