Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in New Town
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best New Town restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 18 restaurants in New Town and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing New Town restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured New Town Restaurants
1. Paris House British, Modern restaurant in Woburn Woburn Park - MK17
“It’s always a joy to go to this stunning restaurant in beautiful surroundings” – a gorgeous-looking, mock-Tudor, timber building (built in France originally in 1878), in the grounds of Woburn Abbey. There’s nothing but praise for Phil Fanning’s very accomplished cuisine, showcased in a six-course taster menu, and likewise the “unfussy” service. (“It can only be a matter of time before Michelin wake up and give them their star back!”)
2. Artichoke French restaurant in Amersham 9 Market Sq - HP7
“At last the French tyre company and restaurant guide has come to its senses” and in 2019 finally awarded a star to Laurie Gear and his team: recognition that had been bizarrely lacking for so many years. A characterful location in Old Amersham, “it’s a lovely small place where you’re made to feel very much at home”. The main attraction, though, is cuisine showing “a positive attitude to developing new dishes and combinations of flavours and ingredients” – “not cheap, but very memorable”.
3. The Silver Cup British, Modern restaurant in Harpenden 5 St Albans Road - AL5
This “stunning new opening from a former chef of Anglo in London's Leather Lane” (Matthew Reeder, who co-owns this boozer-with-rooms alongside Michael Singleton, another local lad) “is now in full swing, with excellent nose-to-tail seasonal British food in a warm and welcoming pub environment that belies the quality of the cooking”; “steak nights are on again and brilliant”.
4. Elephant & Castle British, Modern restaurant in Wheathampstead Amwell Lane - AL4
Popular with walkers, this attractive eighteenth-century boozer is “very cosy inside and out” (the latter courtesy of a “godsend” of an outdoor tipi). On the culinary front, it's “a cut above pub grub, with surprisingly well-cooked and presented food, especially the fish dishes, and good veggie options too”. “Their own beer (Farr Brew) is also very fresh and tasty.”
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