survey result

Summary

£93
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Laurie Gear and his team never fail to delight in this French fine dining establishment”: a “small and intimate” haunt in a characterful part of Old Amersham, where “the best seats are downstairs by the kitchen where you can witness how hard and skilfully the chefs work”. For many years now, the opinion has been widespread that its “impeccable” cuisine and “warm and welcoming” service were being inexplicably ignored by the tyre men, but in October 2019 Michelin finally gave way and gave it its long overdue recognition with the award of a star.

Summary

£93
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Laurie Gear and his team never fail to delight in this French fine dining establishment”: a “small and intimate” haunt in a characterful part of Old Amersham, where “the best seats are downstairs by the kitchen where you can witness how hard and skilfully the chefs work”. For many years now, the opinion has been widespread that its “impeccable” cuisine and “warm and welcoming” service were being inexplicably ignored by the tyre men, but in October 2019 Michelin finally gave way and gave it its long overdue recognition with the award of a star.

Summary

£103
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Why no Michelin star?” Laurie Gear’s “simply brilliant” fixture in a characterful part of Old Amersham espouses all the values the Tyre Man is supposed to hold so dear. “The tasting menu is a stunning experience” with “first class” cuisine and service highly “professional”. “The open plan kitchen is interesting to watch too”. Gripes? “It can feel a bit squeezed-in at busy times”. And “try to get a table downstairs, you’re more in the action: the upstairs room is a little quiet”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Perfect, perfect, perfect!”“It’s such a surprise to find this gem nestled in Old Amersham”, and Laurie Gear’s “magnificent” establishment on a picturesque Georgian street would enjoy a much higher profile if it were not bizarrely overlooked by Michelin year-on-year. Chef/Patron Laurie Gear’s “complex cooking comes with a very deft touch”: “beautifully crafted, rich, with gorgeous accompanying wine, and delivered by staff who make you feel a million dollars”. “It is incomprehensible that it doesn’t have a star” – in fact some say “it’s worthy of two” – yet a number of fans feel that “the fact that it lacks recognition almost improves it”: “please let them keep missing out, because it keeps the place just about affordable, and we can get a table when we want!”

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Owner's description

Laurie and his wife Jacqueline opened the Artichoke Restaurant in 2002 and have taken it from strength to strength, creating an innovative space offering modern creative cuisine with personable service. Having achieved early acclaim, the Artichoke has gone on to win an array of prestigious awards and accolades, which include The Good Food Guide’s Best New Entry 2011, a rising star in the Michelin Guide for 2011 and was extremely proud to be named the AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2013/2014 and awarded Three Rosettes. Currently listed 28th in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 UK Restaurants for 2015 with a Cooking Score of 7/10 and listed 9th in UK’s Best Restaurant BMW Square Meal 2015. We are also very happy to have been voted one of the UK's top 30 French Restaurants 2015 in Harden's.

The restaurant was extended into the adjoining building in May 2011, which ironically was the scene of a devastating fire in June 2008, which forced Laurie and Jacqueline to close the Artichoke for 18 months to rebuild the property to its former 16th Century glory. The interior was designed by Fiona Johnston Parke from the Award winning Emily Todd Hunter, who combined the original features of the building with Scandinavian inspired interiors, in memory of Laurie’s time spent at Noma; with muted grey tones and accents of amethyst, which create a seamless, comfortable but stylish extension of the original building.
Now the Artichoke offers three dining areas including a Private Dining Room with its own wine cellar, the Kitchen Dining Room with an open Pass, Chefs’ Tables, and the Garden Room, with a view onto a botanical “living wall” of herbs.

Laurie’s innovative cooking showcases well sourced ingredients, changing with the seasons, using highly dedicated producers. The open kitchen with its willow resin screen offers the opportunity to experience the culinary theatre of the Pass. The collection of expressive menus include an approachable set lunch, intriguing five and six course lunch tastings and an artisan seven course tasting featuring highlights of the main menu. Dishes focus on flavour, presentation and taste combinations, often inspired by time spent with Rene Redzepi at the legendary Noma during the enforced closure.
The notable wine list features forward thinking winemakers and local ales with all tasting menus offering eclectic wine pairings, chosen by Restaurant Manager/Sommelier Matteo Scaccabarozzi, combined with the open pass and the ultimate Chefs’ tables, the Artichoke offers a unique fine dining experience.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £30.00
Dinner   £50.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 80.00 Dinner only 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £43.00
Filter Coffee £5.50
Extras  
Bread £5.50
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
16
No shorts
50

Private dining

Our Private Dining Room

Situated on the first floor, this beautiful self-contained dining area offers a wonderful view overlooking the historical Market Town of Old Amersham.

In conjunction with the prestigious Charles Heidsieck Champagne House and wine merchants Liberty Wines, we are delighted to introduce Charles Heidsieck Champagne to our Private Dining Room packages at The Artichoke.

Charles Heidsieck is one of the great names of Champagne and produces some of the finest Champagne wines...

 The Story

Started in 1851, the foundation of its modern fame rests on the work done by winemaker Daniel Thibault, whose style has come to define ‘Charles’. Thibault died in 2002 and was succeeded by his assistant Régis Camus. Between them they have won the ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge an unrivalled 13 times. Thierry Roset is the current Chef de Cave, working with Camus. He has been with the house for more than 20 years and continues the approach that has driven their success - the relentless pursuit of quality. The base wines are made from a selection of the region‘s best vineyards. Charles Heidsieck benefit from the largest collection of reserve wines in Champagne.

 Our exquisite Private Dining Room comfortably seats 10-14 guests creating a memorable and intimate atmosphere for those extra-special occasions. Designed with luxury in mind, the elegant setting is synonymous with the high quality of Charles Heidsieck Champagne.

 With its flexible layout, and dedicated waiting staff, the Private Dining Room is idyllic for a unique dining experience, corporate business lunch or special family celebrations. Tailored menus and strikingly backlit with its own chilled wine cellar will ensure all personal choices are catered for. To create the perfect, relaxed and enjoyable experience, flowers and decorations can also be sourced for a personalised dining package.

 We have specially devised four dining options for our Private Dining Room to allow you to truly relax and enjoy your private dining experience all served with a chilled glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne straight from our exclusive Wine Cellar.

 *Tasting Menu Package

- to celebrate the ingredients of the season and accompanied by a collection of delightful wines.

 champagne upon arrival, tasting menu with wines to accompany, sparkling and still mneral water, coffee / tea and infusions served with handmade petit fours

 £135.00 per person £95.00 per person without the matching wine flight

 *Lunch Tasting Menu Package 

- five course lunchtime package including a glass of champagne upon arrival, sparkling and still mineral water, coffee / tea and infusions served with handmade petit fours

 £78.00 per person £60.00 per person without the matching wine flight

 *Prestigious Tasting Menu Package with exclusive wines - price upon request.

 *Three Course a la Carte Menu Package (choice of three dishes per course) 

with a complimentary amuse bouche and pre dessert

- to include a glass of champagne upon arrival, sparkling and still mineral water, coffee / tea and infusions served with handmade petit fours

 £75.00 per person 

(optional wine pairing also available - for this option pre-orders of dishes are required)

 English and French cheeses selected instead of dessert come at a £3.50 supplement 

- as an additional course £11.50

As with all of our Menus a 12.5% discretionary service charge will be added to the bill.

Please, note there is no room hire charge, but a minimum of ten guests. 

Further, there is also a minimum spend required for a Friday and Saturday evening.

Please, note that a deposit is required to reserve the Private Room, which is non refundable with less than one month's notice for cancellation. With less than one week's notice the full package will be payable.

Please, contact our Private Dining Coordinator Johanna Schachner to discuss your requirements and availability on 01494 726611 or e-mail : reservations@artichokerestaurant.co.uk

Artichoke Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Artichoke Restaurant in HP7, Amersham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Artichoke restaurant.
Paul A
It has taken Michelin 8 years to catch up w...
Reviewed 2 months, 26 days ago

"It has taken Michelin 8 years to catch up with us and our rating of Artichoke as a star-worthy restaurant, and our latest experience, with Head chef Ben Jenkins overseeing the smoothly-operating kitchen, served to confirm our opinion. Every single dish was an exemplary display of the wonderful balancing and contrasting of prime ingredients and their accompaniments, with outstanding pea and buttermilk elderflower sherbet on the crab, brilliant smoked haddock-infused Lincolnshire poacher sauce on the freshest asparagus, the Artichoke classic, rose veal sweetbread, with a brigade of mushroom elements, sublime lobster cannelloni on the perfect halibut, the clever duck leg pie matching the Goosnargh duck breast, and raspberry gateau with a novel meadowsweet pastry cream following the palate-cleansing blackberries and frozen vanilla marshmallow. Keen, young and well-drilled staff saw to our every wish and once again our 90 minute drive from home was thoroughly worth it. "

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Nick G
A return to form after a disappointing last...
Reviewed 2 months, 29 days ago

"A return to form after a disappointing last visit. Superb starters and mains, slightly disappointing desserts, friendly and the open kitchen gives some needed atmosphere (remarkably calm in the kitchen). Ask to be seated downstairs"

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Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:15 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:15 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:15 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm
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