Gilbey's Old Amersham

4.4
285 reviews
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Lunch
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Situated in the beautiful 17th Century former grammar school building in the heart of the historic Chiltern’s market town, Gilbey’s Old Amersham is open every day from 12.00 noon for lunch and from 6.45pm for dinner but nb we are closed on Sunday evenings.

Having successfully created the first Gilbey’s in Eton in 1975, we acquired what was then the celebrated old tea shop (The Willow Tree) in 1989. After extensive alterations on the history-steeped listed building, Gilbey’s was established, boasting a stylish yet intimate restaurant, a stunning first-floor private dining room and an attractive garden.

Our team is dedicated to delivering the very best quality and value to our customers and assure you of a very warm welcome at Gilbey’s Old Amersham.
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EP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday roast with a starter. We enjoyed our food and service. Will return...

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gilbey's was, as usual, a pleasure. Being both reasonably accessible and having a fine new décor it gave us an elegant retreat as a token for our anniversary. Thank You

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L
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My daughter and I had a very enjoyable meal at Gilbey's Old Amersham to celebrate my birthday. We both had the lunch-time menu which we felt was good value for the quality of the food. The celeriac soup was delicious and it looked so appetising when served and it was very hot. Gilbey's fish and chips served with peas three different ways was also delicious and very appetising. The service was excellent. The building is very attractive and has a lovely atmosphere. We enjoyed our visit so much that I made another booking for next week!

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CE
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Staff excellent. Food really tasty and great value if you get the set menu. highly recommended.

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f
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful to return to Gilbey's after several months. The warm welcome and interesting menu were as good as ever

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s
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants. Always great food and service.

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JH
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good fixed price lunch. I had the roasted carrot salad which was absolutely delicious ,with the chicken supreme to follow. Succulent and full of flavour.
Will definitely go back soon.

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S
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening. A cosy restaurant with a lovely ambience. Music in background just right, not too loud or quiet. Food is delicious and well presented. Could do with slightly bigger portions especially considering the prices. Not the most expensive restaurant around, but I think a lot of people would like a bit more for their money. Serving staff friendly and informative. I was recommended the Sea bream, will definitely have again - delicious. We will be back soon, definitely recommend.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress we had on the day was really great. We love this restaurant.

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DO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Refurbishment a missed opportunity. Tables too small and cramped. Food ok but nothing special. Bit pricey in my opinion.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and there is absolutely no time pressure at all.

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AB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience. I like the changing menus but unchanging top quality service and ambience. Redecoration lovely.

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PF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wouldn’t recommend on the visit but the previous 4/5 have been really good so may have been an off day. Service was slow unfortunately waited 30 mins for the starters which when arrived were very good (duck parfait, crispy squid and prawns) the another long wait. The table opposite and in 15 mins before us and finished starters after us yet got there main courses, exactly the same as ours 10 mins before ours. The steak was average, tough and fat not rendered down enough and my partners lamb wasn’t as good as previous lamb dishes on other visits. The lamb was tough a small portion and comes with a strange smoked sausage which doesn’t go with the dish. All plates will cleared pretty swiftly then we were given desert menus, we decided to have some and a couple more drinks but no one came to take an order and we sat there for over 20 mins waiting, no staff walked past to ask so when one finally arrived we just got the bill. Paid and left, no one said bye/thabks and had to get the coats ourselves. Sat down at 8 pm and left after 10pm having only had 2 courses. Not a great visit but as said before all other trips here have been good.

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F
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for Valentine’s Day and it was lovely in every way. Food was delicious and the ambience was romantic and cosy. Good value for money will definitely go again.

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E
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This restaurant is cosy and snug. It is very popular and it was full house when we arrived.
Food portion was good. We cousins managed to have any dessert.
The only down side was more than an hour wait for the food as they misplaced our order. Drinks were on the house as the result.
We look forward to visiting this place again as it was an ice set up overall

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BJ
London
21 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, delicious food and warm ambience.

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PC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good value lunch at £15 for two courses. Good choice of menu. The mussels were amongst the best i have enjoyed and their fish and chips are outstanding. Even better since refurbishment.

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H
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

On this occasion I was disappointed and probably will not return. I have eaten here a number of times and this is the first time since their refurbishment. Three out of four mains and two starters were not hot they were borderline on warranting a complaint, I chose not to because I didn't want to ruin our meal. My pet hate is warm food. I wondered if the food had been left on the pass too long awaiting service. The vegetables in the main courses seemed to be minimalist to the point they were nearly missing.The service as always is unobtrusive, the drinks order was forgotten twice however. The wine choice is very good, but overall a disappointing experience.

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s
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and we loved the new decor. Well worth a visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It was our sons birthday, which despite telling them beforehand, they ignored. You are punished for not ordering a starter as they tell you it will be half an hour for the main course as it has to be freshly cooked (I think we would expect that given it’s a restaurant!) - one hour later we were still waiting! We ordered “a mixture of breads and butter” to share - this was 4 half slices of white bread so we asked if we could have some brown bread as well and were told they didn’t have any - disgraceful. We sat down at our table at 8:30 and our meal was served at 9:45. The waitress is another story... rude and aggressive. This place is not cheap, so do yourself a favour, book somewhere else for a far better dining experience!

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YY
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another lovely meal at Gilbey's. We were in private dining room, so once we worked out how to turn down the piped music it was excellent. Although upstairs, we were still well looked after although one member of staff was not very knowledgeable or helpful - perhaps she was new. The others were lovely though. We had a quiet and relaxing evening undisturbed by other diners, and could eat and chat at our own pace.

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have always enjoyed our meals until this time. We were offered the worst table and after refusing twice and being told that was the only table available they then found table 17 which was ok.
The better table opposite stayed empty all evening as the diners had apparently cancelled and in any event the restaurant ess not busy as usual.
The food was average and not as good as we have experienced in the past. The service was ok but the server then tried to overcharge us £100 - probably an arithmetic error,
May be a bad day but will now think twice before boolong again Was there a reason - usual manager not there

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KG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family andI always visit Gilbey's in Old Amersham for special occasions. It is a delightful place. The staff are always exceptional, and the food likewise. It may not be the cheapest option in town, but is always worth every penny. Love you Gilbey's xx

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SS
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Lunch is consistently delicious, the staff friendly and helpful, and we love the new décor following the refurb!

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GB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre Christmas meal with my son and his partner.The food was very good ,we all enjoyed the pumpkin soup.The waitress was very pleasant,all in all an enjoyable experience.

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JP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Consistently a good standard good house wine good atmosphere

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DB
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely lunch with colleagues from work. Set menu good value at £20 for 3 courses but watch all the extra costs such as upgrading to fat chips or ordering bread to go with the half piece that came with the soup!

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JK
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gilbey's is in a perfect location in Old Amersham. The restaurant is charming and they have a great set menu for lunch. I would recommend for a lunch with friends. I enjoyed the fish and chips as my main. The portion size was perfect for lunch and very well presented with fries and peas.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gilbey's in Old Amersham is an excellent restaurant, our food was delicious, nothing was rushed, the staff were attentive and polite without being everpresent. The wine list is good and not overpriced. There is a half-price wine deal on Wednesdays which was of interest.

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DL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and relaxed setting. Unfortunately a bit noisy with groups due to time of year.
Very good quality food, tasty and well presented . Service prompt friendly and efficient.
Good value for money.
Would definitely revisit in the near future.
Establishment would benefit from better wash room facility.

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LK
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with my partner for a celebration. Their 2 or 3 course set menu was terrific value. Lovely food. Quiet polite service, efficiently executed. Will definitely return.

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F
London
18 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent, food, wine & ambience would definitely recommend Gilby’s

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GO
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food good service good surroundings plenty of places to park close by

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A
Yorkshire
23 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here while staying close by for work. Excellent food and atmosphere. The staff were brilliant. Highly recommended

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W
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Sunday lunch with good food and service. We had a dish not on the menu specially requested.
Had to wait a bit to pay the bill and also to get out costs but that was a trivial matter overall very much recommended.

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WD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal. The food was full of flavour well seasoned and presented well.

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DE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and value from the set menu. Quiet and relaxed (Tuesday evening) and excellent, friendly service.

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4
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4 of us for lunch. We chose the fixed price lunch and a bottle of Sauvignon. Good value well prepared food.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a family Sunday lunch at Gilbey's which we hadn't been to before. Pretty building in Old Amersham and prettily decorated inside too. We were the first ones there as our booking was for 1200, nothing else available. This was fine as by the time we'd had a drink and ordered it was about 1230 and was really starting to fill up.

We all had the roast beef which was cooked beautifully (may be an advantage of being there early!) It was just the right thickness, lovely and pink and two good slices. The yorkshire pud was ok but we were very disappointed with the number of roast potatoes, very tiny and oh, there they are hiding under the yorkshire! Our 28 year old son was most offended and we asked for more and more gravy (his favourite bits of Sunday lunch) which were brought promptly. The flavour of the potatoes and the beef was fabulous, it really tasted like a home cooked Sunday lunch - bit disappointed in the veg though, a couple of green beans, a couple of carrots and something else which I forget. The puds were highly rated by the family, I stupidly opted for cheese, which was nice but the puds were much better.

We would definitely go there again - it was heaviing so obviously a great and popular place to visit. Would like to go for dinner next time - oh wine was lovely too!

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W
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Gilbeys is an excellent smallish restaurant with attractive tables and chairs (cushions provided !).
Food and service is excellent friendly but unobtrusive. The weekday set menu offering 3 courses for £20 is very good value in my opinion and no doubt explains why it is highly advisable to book. It was fully occupied at lunchtime yesterday but the staff coped admirably.
It is located in Old Amersham which is a lovely old town to walk around. There is also a good public car park Dovecote situated nearby on same side of the road.

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