Gilbey's Old Amersham

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272 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
13 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
20 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
4 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
1 review
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
22 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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M
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very pleasant lunch and found it to be good value for money.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The soup starter was very good but the two of us who had the sweet potato and quinoa main were a little disappointed to find a very small amount of sweet potato which was drowned in a massive amount of quinoa.We could have done with much more sweet potato and slightly less quinoa.The sweets were good.Generally we all liked the ambiance and will come again.

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MC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Gilbey's quite regularly. Their fixed price menu Mon to Thurs is extremely good value. The food is excellent and so is the service. Great for a special occasion. The restaurant attracts a wide age range of diners. Be prepared for the bill if you go a la carte but the quality of the cooking will be worth it.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Gilbey's many times over the last 15 years, and we have never been disappointed.

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SA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small, charming restaurant with a calm atmosphere. Great service and very good food. Ideal for small groups.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food, wine and service was very good (as always) though top end pricey for a Sunday lunch.

Our 2 person table was very small (60cm square) and tucked hard into a corner, next to a redundant external door.

The dining room room was generally coldish and there was a draught coming through the door.

We have been to and enjoyed this restaurant many times over the years but sadly think it may have run its course for us.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was superb, friendly and helpful staff - we would definitely visit again!

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s
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good although main course could have been warmer

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TO
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a warm and friendly atmosphere with good food and service with a caring attitude.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service every time. Perfect for family or couples.

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s
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and good value on the set menu!
There is also a special value wine selection
Service is excellent and staff are friendly

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SH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent, set menu was great value and the different choices were very good.

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PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

third visit; the fixed price menu is excellent value, and the food freshly cooked. Last year, I thought the moules were the best I had ever tasted, surprising for a restaurant so far from the sea. This year they were not quite as good- not as plump, and quite a lot were closed, hence only four stars. Nevertheless, I will return.

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