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“We just keep on coming back”

The Artichoke Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 75 Restaurants in Amersham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$144
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Underground: Amersham, Rail: Chiltern Railways Main Line
Description: An award winning dining destination in the centre of beautiful old Amersham, the Artichoke restaurant has been tipped for the top by critics, chefs (including Raymond Blanc) and, rather impressively, the Michelin Guide 2011. The traditional setting of Artichoke has been given new life with a slick contemporary country makeover in which comfort and style sit side by side, colours are muted and soothing and the beautiful features of the building are allowed to shine through, a part of the carefully considered d��cor. Chef and owner Laurie Gear oversees a refined modern European menu filled with charming additions including not only seasonal ingredients but foraged herbs, berries and flowers too and he and his team can be spotted hard at work in the open kitchen from the Kitchen Dining Room. Other spaces here at Artichoke include the glorious Garden Dining Room, opening out on to the bespoke herb wall and the Wine Room up on the first floor, leading in to the well stocked cellar and just right for sophisticated business dining. The perfect neighbourhood restaurant, Artichoke has certainly put Amersham on the map.
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Seasonality appears to have taken pride of place over local sourcing and provenance of ingredients, but happily there still some chefs who manage to combine both factors and at Artichoke this is certainly the case. The tasting menu no longer offers a choice of main, which always seemed to us something of a throw-back, and every course was in perfect harmony with the rest to make up an extremely well-balanced ensemble. Super home-made focaccia and whipped butter preceded a chilled melon soup amuse-bouche which set us up for some brilliant, tenderly charred octopus, with oyster leaf adding a touch of minerality to the dish, and this was followed by poached, charred and pickled elements, in particular some beautiful beetroot, contrasting with green vegetables and brought together by a super dill emulsion. Outstanding foie gras with tayberries and toasted rice for the crunch brought us to a fish stew (or bouillabaisse) with classic fish, brill and John Dory, highlighted by pickled fennel, saffron potatoes and an excellent rouille. The main dish was local duck which exhibited exemplary flavours and was notable for its black garlic dressing. Three desserts may seem a bit much, but each contained just enough perfection to make you want more. Macerated blueberries with an excellent digestive biscuit crumble, an accent of lime, and viola leaf chiming in with white chocolate mousse brought us swiftly on to one of the all-time ultimate indulgences of strawberries and chocolate, lavender meringue, strawberry crème pâtissière and buttermilk sherbet strawberry soup. We finished up with a feta medita, the stupendous baked apricot backed up by intriguing puffed mustard seeds.
If there is one thing you can guarantee when you dine at the Artichoke it is that Laurie Gear and Ben Jenkins will serve up a meal that will leave the offerings in many one-star restaurants absolutely standing. This has been the case for many years, and, with its style evolving and advancing on a regular basis, Artichoke continues to be synonymous with high class and delicious fine dining.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

A wonderful evening with exquisite food, lovely wine and brilliant service. Each course’s composition was explained in detail, and the staff didn’t miss a beat.

Thank Babs P
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Reviewed 31 August 2018

We have been eating at The Artichoke for 5 years now and its our favourite treat for lunch or dinner. Laurie, the owner always has time to talk and share what he is cooking which makes this place very relaxed and personal. The tasting menus are divine and change several times with the seasons - always making the very best of local produce as well as perfectly matched wines and cocktails. The kitchen is open plan so watching your dishes being calmly prepared is a delight. I am also delighted it is right on our doorstep but is really worth travelling to visit too.

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Thank Stephanie C
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Once again we visited the artichoke based in the beautiful old town of Amersham Buckinghamshire.
As we arrived the warm smiles and embrace reminded us of visits before.
Attentive waiters and knowledgeable staff led to an enchanting eating experience. Food delights that took us to mindful thoughts and relived tastes and food combinations.
Finished with a celebration of extra thought of our special day.
Once again thank you for the most enjoyable experience of your wonderful restaurant.

1  Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

For my husbands birthday we had the 6 course taster menu with wine flight.... the food and wine was faultless...the service was very good to. The evening was let down by the fact the payment machine was faulty and took ages to pay....eventually resorting to paper payment method.....not only was it embarrassing, as we had to go through various cards as the manager ( the person taking the payment ) insisted it was not the machine then eventually have to admit it was. It would have been nice to have a complimentary drink while it was sorted out...as this display was in front of other customers. I have been to this restaurant quite a few time and have always been ore that happy with the food....just the service at the end of a special occasion mealleft a bit of a bitter taste.

2  Thank Hazel G
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