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Gilbey's Old Amersham

4.4
4.4
707 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

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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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, Modern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–14:15
    Mon–Thu 18:30–21:30
    Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30
    Fri, Sat 18:30–21:45
    Sun 12:00–15:30

  • Phone number

    01494 727242

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Adam Whitlock

  • Catering

    Modern, seasonal European

  • Area

    Amersham

  • Parking Details

    Nearby pay and display car park. Good free on-street parking.

  • Public Transit

    Nearest Bus Stop - Whielden Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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Menu

Starters

  • Courgettes, Pea & Watercress Soup

    [hot or chilled] mint crème fraiche, pea shoots, filone sourdough

    • Goat's Cheese Mousse

      pickled samphire, beetroot salad, wild garlic dressing

      • Rabbit & Pork Rillettes

        sea salt focaccia, gooseberry, raisin & elderflower chutney, curly endive & tardivo

        • Crispy Whitebait

          pickled cucumber, horseradish mayo

          • Loch Duart Salmon & Lemon Fishcake

            radish & yoghurt rémoulade, salsa verde

            Mains

            • Isle of Wight Heirloom Tomato Risotto

              old Winchester cheese, elephant garlic crisps

              • Soy-Glazed Confit Duck Leg

                herb-crushed potatoes, hispi cabbage, roasted walnuts

                • Fillet of Cornish Ling

                  Jersey Royals, charred baby gem, bacon & sweetcorn

                  • Roast Ribeye Collar of Suffolk Pork, Crackling & Apple Sauce

                    roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables

                    • Roast Sirloin of Dry-Aged Beef, Yorkshire Pudding

                      (served medium rare) roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables

                      Puddings & Cheese

                      • White Chocolate Délice

                        crumbled banana, caramelised yoghurt sorbet, salted caramel popcorn

                        • Cherry & Almond Frangipane Tart

                          whipped vanilla Mascarpone

                          • Chilled Clotted Cream Rice Pudding

                            strawberries, elderflower, macadamia crunch

                            • Trio of Sorbets

                              coconut, green apple, clementine

                              • Trio of Ice Creams

                                vanilla, pistachio, chocolate brownie

                                • Duo of British Artisan Cheeses

                                  celery, fruit chutney, biscuits

                                  Our Selection of British Artisan Cheeses

                                  £2 supplement per extra cheese

                                  • Barkham Blue

                                    pasteurised cow's milk, Berkshire

                                    • Sinodun Hill

                                      unpasteurised goat's milk, Oxfordshire

                                      • Isle of Mull Scottish Cheddar

                                        unpasteurised cow's milk

                                        • Baron Bigod

                                          organic pasteurised cow's milk, Worcestershire

                                          Sides

                                          • Buttered Sweetheart Cabbage£4.00

                                            • Courgette Ribbons, Peas & Spinach, Lemon Butter£4.00

                                              • Feta, Broad Bean, Samphire & Mint Salad£4.75

                                                • Rosemary-Roasted Potatoes£4.00

                                                  • Skin-On Fries£4.00

                                                    • Creamy Mash£4.00

                                                      • Nuts & Olives£4.80

                                                        Last updated: 18 July 2017

                                                        What 707 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                        4.4
                                                        4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.4Food
                                                        • 4.5Service
                                                        • 4.4Ambience
                                                        • 4.1Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        • Buckinghamshire

                                                          Outdoor Eating

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                                                          EuanR

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Returned to Gilbey's - an old favourite and even after all the vagaries of the pandemic they continue to excel. Consistently good food and service in a convivial atmosphere. We will be back ere long.

                                                        2. SM

                                                          StephenM

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We went for Sunday lunch. Sunday roasts are always a treat at Gilbey's and this was no exception. All of our party chose the roast sirloin, which was excellent (served juicy and pink). Gilbey's take great great pride in choosing their wines and the Malbec went very well with the food. Prices are not expensive for the quality and I would definitely recommend a visit.

                                                        3. DM

                                                          DuncanM

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                          The menu design looked really cheap One menu sheet with choices would have been better We both would have chosen things on the unavailable pre 6pm dinner Wine superb Service superb Food lacked choice and while not a fan of large portions these were slightly small

                                                        4. SH

                                                          SusieHilton

                                                          London

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          We enjoyed a lovely lunch and the staff were extremely nice and helpful.

                                                        5. A

                                                          Anonymous

                                                          London

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on 11 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Fabulous, like visiting an old friend. And such a relief not to have those ridiculous masks any more

                                                        6. AB

                                                          AlanB

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 9 October 2021

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          Every time I've been to Gilbey's the evening has been wonderful. We've missed going during the pandemic and last night it was great to be back. The food and the staff were superb, as ever. Thank you!

                                                        7. S

                                                          Shriti

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 8 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          We had a lovely dinner with friends. Food was very good.

                                                        8. T

                                                          Top2diner

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on 8 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Covid care taken & yet it did not spoil the atmosphere. The staff were attentive and the menu was innovative and the food very good. Overall an excellent experience

                                                        9. LE

                                                          LindsayE

                                                          Oxford

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          Dined on 7 October 2021

                                                          overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                          My first visit to Gilbey's for some years. It has been redecorated, nice ambience, good friendly service. However, the prices have gone up considerably. Mains at over £25.00, plus veg, was surprising. We ate off the fixed price lunch menu, I had squash soup with bread. Soup was good, though I think from microwave. Nice bread. Fish and chips was OK, but slightly overcooked fish, and only 9 chips! Flat white coffee only average. Decent Spanish white, £35.00, again a lot. I know restaurants need to recoup, but I am not sure that this is the right way. Only 6 tables taken, Thursday lunchtime, when it used to be full. Cote, close by much fuller. Food may not be quite as good, but cheaper.

                                                        10. AS

                                                          AmmaraS

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 6 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          My favourite restaurant in Amersham. Consistently good

                                                        11. B

                                                          Bryn

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          One of the best meals and best experiences we have had at Gilbeys over the years.

                                                        12. r

                                                          regularvisitor

                                                          London

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 4 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a wonderful restaurant to return to for celebrations, family gatherings or just dinner for two.

                                                        13. CM

                                                          ColinM

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Wonderful food, warm and attentive service, and intimate ambiance.

                                                        14. AN

                                                          AnnN

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          When I booked I was asked if it was a special occasion ( birthday, anniversary etc) , it was my granddaughter's 21st, but no reference was made about this. It wasn't a problem and I had no expectations but why was the question asked in the first place?

                                                        15. EP

                                                          EevaP

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 3 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We like to have Sunday lunch occasionally at Gilbeys. Good food and good service

                                                        16. KC

                                                          KarenC

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 2 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          I would recommend this restaurant, lovely food and good service

                                                        17. ES

                                                          ErleS

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 2 October 2021

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                          Always a pleasure to eat there it’s our go to place.

                                                        18. J

                                                          John

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 1 October 2021

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food and great service. We enjoyed our evening at Gilbeys Old Amersham

                                                        19. GM

                                                          GeraldineM

                                                          Toronto

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 1 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Delicious food and great service. A lovely welcome.😊

                                                        20. F

                                                          Frank

                                                          Sydney

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 30 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Very enjoyable lunch with good food and wine and great service. Enjoyed the mussels.

                                                        21. JW

                                                          JoanW

                                                          Dorset

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 24 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Although the menu is limited to what Gilbey's had previously the presentation and food quality remains very good. I had the standing and the pork. The former,one, I would say was favourite but overpriced. My partner had the Gillette and the fish and chips which both very good with the chips being outstanding. The wine list has something for all budgets. The wait staff were excellent. They were friendly, attentive and nothing seemed too much. Overall, a relaxing evening out.

                                                        22. M

                                                          Marion

                                                          Berkshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 24 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          So glad we found this restaurant. Surpassed our expectations. Food absolutely delicious. Allow time to park.

                                                        23. S

                                                          Scarlet

                                                          Hertfordshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 18 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                          We have been frequent visitors to Gilbey’s for more than 20 years but last evening’s experience has probably brought this long term relationship to an end. Slow to be acknowledged- bit awkward in a restaurant very tight for space! Menu was very limited and we were abruptly informed there were no specials. Starters were good, main courses were not. Three of us had rather fatty chewy sirloin and hard chips. That offering doesn’t warrant a £33 price tag. Thankfully the wine was good. We decided to cut our losses and avoid puddings, etc. The 4 of us had an aperitif each, a bottle of wine, starters and mains. The bill was over £300. That’s not good value and Gilbey’s has definitely lost its attraction as a good quality/ decent value venue for us. These prices are comparable with the renowned Artichoke a few doors away…but the fare and the service are not! Sadly disappointing.

                                                        24. a

                                                          adamc

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 17 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                          Service was friendly and efficent. Staff were lovely Food was hughly overpriced THAT is the only downside. Seating was very comfortable and perfect for a group of people . Would visit again if menu and prices were reveiwed.

                                                        25. R

                                                          Runaway

                                                          London

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 16 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          The menu was varied and interesting. The food and service very good. Would certainly book again.

                                                        26. BM

                                                          BookMum

                                                          London

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 14 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent service and good menu choice for set lunch

                                                        27. G

                                                          Glokta

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 11 September 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                          Yellow washed walls and travel lodge level food and drink poster art on the walls were a warning sign but the place was encouragingly busy enough to stay optimistic as we sat down. The outside terrace looked like a far more appealing option and we would have asked to move if it had been warmer. Table presentation, menu design and presentation again screamed chain restaurant (complete with promotional Gilbey Group branded flyer on the table). The menu itself not expansive 5 or so starters and mains. We had the Arancini, then the pasta and steak. All of which were exactly fine, a little bland but serviceable. prices though seemed pretty punchy in exchange. Bright spot was the wines. In particular a very nice Pinot Noir. Gilbeys has been there forever and maybe the sort of place that is a local institution trading off loyal repeat business. Overall, not by any means awful but when the bill comes you might find yourself thinking as we did 'well for that we could have eaten at ..... and been blown away'

                                                        28. C

                                                          Cccccc

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 10 September 2021

                                                          overall1food2service2ambience3

                                                          Really disappointing. The service was dismissive. The food was poor. My starter of sea trout, samphire and some sort of ships biscuit which was so hard you couldn’t bite in to it was horrible: the fish tasteless, the samphire stringy and salty and when I said that it wasn’t good, the waitresses response was that “lots of other people liked it”. No apology. The prices are inflated for what it is. The mains were edible but bland. We won’t be going back.

                                                        29. P

                                                          Pippa

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 8 September 2021

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          Some food served was still frozen/deeply chilled was disappointed in as much it is not the up market place to eat as I remember

                                                        30. EC

                                                          ElizabethC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 7 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          My friend and I had a delicious meal. I had mentioned lactose intolerance when booking: this was picked up and the chef had not only marked up dishes already lactose-free but also indicated other dishes that he could adapt just for me. This made the whole meal very relaxed. Service was excellent. I am a long time customer and this evening was another confirmation of why I keep returning.

                                                        31. HS

                                                          HelenS

                                                          Orlando

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on 7 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Quite excellent from arrival to leaving the outside area Food exceptional, service attentive and efficient Return any time we are back in the area

                                                        32. A

                                                          Alez

                                                          London

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          Dined on 6 September 2021

                                                          overall3food5service2ambience1

                                                          Great food but limited menu and pricey. They sat us far from anyone else (it was quite empty) which meant no atmosphere, and I think forgot our order as it took 50 mins to get our food (and it was nearly empty!)

                                                        33. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Lunch was good although the roast dinner was quite salty. Always a good experience here.

                                                        34. RA

                                                          RichardA

                                                          London

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                          Great food good service lovely building. Good outside side area as well

                                                        35. CC

                                                          CheshamChick

                                                          Berkshire

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We had a lovely meal for my partners birthday treat. The service was efficient, friendly & discreet. The outdoor space is peaceful and romantic. We will definitely be returning!

                                                        36. CB

                                                          CarolineBoss

                                                          London

                                                          13 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          13 reviews

                                                          Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                          Pleasant ambience a as bs tasty food

                                                        37. NM

                                                          NeilM

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This is a real find! The truly excellent fare was only surpassed by the service; utterly charming young folk who gave us such a welcome and absolutely fantastic alpha rated service.

                                                        38. ST

                                                          SanazT

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Fantastic food, beautiful scenery and amazing staff. Will definitely be going back soon!

                                                        39. EP

                                                          EevaP

                                                          Buckinghamshire

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on 29 August 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We have always enjoyed our meals in Gilbeys’s and hope to go again in the near future.

                                                        40. EL

                                                          ELN1

                                                          Berkshire

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on 28 August 2021

                                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                          Friendly staff who provided attentive table service. However, the speed of table service from ordering through to being served the starter was exceptionally quick with little time between the finish of the starter and being served the main. This led to us not ordering a pudding as it was all a bit rushed for our liking. Nice wine and the food was fine but nothing special to note. The exterior dining tables appears to offer a nicer seating arrangement than the interior.

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                                                        Gilbey's Old Amersham is rated 4.4 stars by 707 OpenTable diners

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                                                        Booked 7 times today
                                                        Google Map for Gilbey's Old Amersham

                                                        1 Market Square Old Amersham Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DF

                                                        • Area

                                                          Amersham

                                                        • Hours of Operation

                                                          Mon–Thu 12:00–14:15
                                                          Mon–Thu 18:30–21:30
                                                          Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30
                                                          Fri, Sat 18:30–21:45
                                                          Sun 12:00–15:30

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          British, Modern European

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Elegant

                                                        • Dress Code

                                                          Casual Dress

                                                        • Parking Details

                                                          Nearby pay and display car park. Good free on-street parking.

                                                        • Public Transit

                                                          Nearest Bus Stop - Whielden Street

                                                        • Payment Options

                                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Executive Chef

                                                          Adam Whitlock

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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