Ok, so our last visit was extra special with the Guest Chef Raymond Blanc having devised the menu, headed the kitchen etc (even serving us one course!) but working alongside him Laurie and his team certainly didn't let him down. The attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff delivered a truly delicious meal, with an array of well chosen wines which really complimented each of the 7 courses. My particular favourites were the garden beetroot terrine with horseradish sorbet and confit salmon with dill cucumber and wasabi creme fraiche. My wife and I have been occasional rather than frequent visitors to The Artichoke for the last 6 or 7 years, so it is always a real treat and are always delighted with our experience. The extra space afforded by the restaurant's expansion a couple of years ago has removed the slightly cramped feeling that there used to be, and the 'open' kitchen offers an insight into just how a highly skilled, well disciplined and co-ordinated team of chefs can produce outstanding results time after time. Whether with a couple of friends or a group of visiting American business colleagues (who rarely venture out of central London) I am always confident of a great evening from arrival to departure.
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