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The Artichoke Restaurant

9 Market Square, Amersham HP7 0DF, England
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Ranked #2 of 52 restaurants in Amersham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $26 - $144
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We ate in this restuarant on Good Friday, nice and busy with a great atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and informative about the food that was on offer. We did the 7 course taster menu which was amazing and certainly up there if not better than some of the tasting menus we have tried in London. My wife doesn't... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Having visited this restaurant for lunch on a number of occasions and had the set menu we decided to come for dinner and have the a la carte menu for my wife's birthday. We have always rated this restaurant as worthy of a Michelin Star but on the evidence of our meal have now revised our opinion. The 3 courses... More

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Chesham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We're fortunate to live fairly close by to this place. Situated old Amersham High St, Artichoke's simple, timeless decor suits the lovely location well.. Small menu, but changes with the seasons, it never disappoints. I find the starters and mains are particularly strong, but desserts are good too. Excellent wine selection. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and friendly - which... More

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Bucks, UK
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I have been to The Artichoke several times, with friends, with my husband, for lunch and for dinner. The latest visit was a couple of weeks ago, for my birthday, just the 2 of us. It was again a faultless experience. The food was sublime and marvellously inventive. The service was attentive, efficient and friendly and generally there is a... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have been to this local favourite a few times, but not for a while... I am glad to report - it's still wonderful! The things the chef does with pork and beetroot are Michelin star worthy! Love it here.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Second visit almost a year after the first. Service was generally good but on the slow side at times; surprising as the restaurant was not full (this was a midweek evening whereas last year's visit was a Saturday evening). Food overall felt slightly disappointing, though that is compared with its own high standards and it is still imaginative and well-prepared,... More

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Went for lunch with family members celebrating two birthdays. Staff are certainly efficient and able to answer questions on the menu. However, all three of us were rather disappointed in the food, next time we are in Amersham we will return Gilbey's We were seated in the window and whilst at first we thought this was a nice position, we... More

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Cookham, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went on a Friday night , two couples for dinner. The quality of food and the quality of the service was excellent. I had the crab and the lamb and both were very very good. Do not miss the Armagnac soufflé. The only bad thing was that the it took them a while, to bring the main dishes. Probably... More

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable Saturday night family meal and the overall experience was excellent, with attentive service and creative food. However there were just a couple of details that disrupted an otherwise great experience including our waitress asking us to move our table as other diners arrived, and the table spacing is rather tight as noted in other reviews.... More

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Bucks. U.K.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

6 of us visited on a Saturday night and had the tasting menu with wine flight. We added a cheese course, bottle of Prosecco, mineral water, teas and Irish coffees. It was pretty expensive but boy did we have a super time. We were pretty noisy but luckily the restaurant was busy and loud so no harm done. The staff... More

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