Gilbey's Old Amersham

4.4
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338 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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JG
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Great food.

CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were put into a rather cramped alcove with another table as there was a large party taking over the main dining room. We were so close to them that we could hardly hear each other as the noise level was extremely high. The couple on the other table left after their main course as they had had enough of the noise. The food was excellent, but did rather marr our experience. It is a fairly small restaurant.

RA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Well placed in Old Amersham

S
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Gilbeys is long established and we have eaten there for years. Sadly in recent years the menu has become tired. Some dishes have been included year on year without variation. This visit the sirloin steak was awful, tough and presentation of the plate was poor. Garnish comprised small bunch of watercress, one escallion and the best bit was 6 hand cooked chips - all for £30.00! the glass of red wine was given free as compensation, good but not really adequate in relation to the price of the steak.
Soup was hot, but plate for other main only warm not hot.
Very sad as the ambience is good. This is not the first time we have been disappointed reently an now we shall not return.

KG
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food with good service.......at a fair price

SI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always.

RT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 2 course set dinner menu - fabulous and right size portions.
Great service as usual

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff. The restaurant has been in Amersham for many years and all the meals we have had there have been most enjoyable. Always busy and buzzing. We both had the sea bream for our main course - good sized portions and beautifully cooked and presented.

GN
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been frequenting Gilbey’s for at least the last ten years. For any occasion or just an indulgent lunch, the food is delicious, service great, nothing is too much trouble, even if you have difficult dietary requirements they are always willing to provide you with a satisfying and delicious meal. The menu is varied seasonally with fresh ingredients and some new which are excellent, you will never be bored at Gilbey’s

KA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly atmosphere, took my Mum and Sister for a light lunch. Perfect for our needs.

N
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleagues and I have been visiting this restaurant for over 15 years and it never ceases to disappoint. Staff are very friendly but professional and the food is gorgeous as always.

EM
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would have liked to see more options on the menu for those who don't eat dairy. It was a very traditional menu. The service was very slow. But the food we ate was nice and well cooked and as the waitress advised the sorbets were very good. There was no acknowledgement of the fact I had stated it was a birthday and an anniversary on the booking form. Elsewhere for a friend's birthday we were greeted with complimentary bubbly and a pudding. Not as excellent as I had anticipated.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice for a treat, however expensive for food that wasn't quite right the whole time, steak was slightly overdone and duck was a bit too salty

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there for wedding anniversary and they put us into a nice private area off the main dining room (I had not told them of the anniversary, but perhaps because we were dressed up we got this particular table) - food, wine and service all very good.

GG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent staff were brilliant went that little extra when they found out I was taking my daughter for her birthday lunch thank you.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, as always. Set lunch menu is always excellent. Very good on gluten free options too

IG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been going to Gilbey's in Old Amersham for over 10 years now, once or twice a year for anniversaries or birthdays, and we've never been disappointed. Consistently good quality and value, served by a team who care about your dining experience.

SE
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, the food was delicious. We will be back.
Thanks

c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have visited Gilbey's many times and been delighted with my meal but last Friday I was not.
I started with the rice ball which was tasteless. I followed with Plaice supposedly served with pickled vegetables and potatoes.
The vegetables were definitely not pickled and the beans were burnt black to an extent that I could not believe that any self respecting chef could plate them up and serve them. They took them back and then when the plate came back the beans were very very undercooked.
I will return as I feel that it was a one off, but Gilbey's really need to be more careful, they are not cheap and such occurrences should not happen.

KA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very attentive staff.
Meal perfect, took my 83 year old Mum, staff were lovely. Good choice of wines. Would recommend.

ES
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our 4th time here and 1st for Sunday lunch which was delicious. It’s a pleasure to come here it’s a charming with a lovely ambience and even better delicious food.

PM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic meal for two, so hoping the restaurant would not be too busy. It wasn’t, but this does not reflect on our experiences which was excellent. Friendly, prompt, attentive but not intrusive service. Quality of food ( 1 starter, 2 mains, 1 dessert) was outstanding, the stand out being the Bakewell tart, which we fought over,
Only very minor quibble, was the waitress sitting us in an end booth with two 2 person tables next to another couple, when the rest of the restaurant was only half full. Having another couple enjoying an intimate dinner à deux right next to you in a private space would have been a little weird. We were however promptly moved to another table, with no fuss.
Overall an excellent experience. Will be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently brilliant!

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not eaten at Gilbey's for 20 years, I was pleasantly surprised by the menu and food we ate for lunch. Delicious and tasty, fresh and priced accordingly.
The resturant was very busy for a Wednesday lunchtime, what's also good to see is a resturant that keeps its decor and bathrooms up to standard.
I will most certainly be returning before the next 20 years whizz by.

AC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent choice and great value.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner, celebrating my wife's birthday. Each course was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxing and the staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Altogether, a really positive experience.

K
London
37 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant and the food was really good if a little pricey but worth it. I had read that service was slow but would say the opposite a little rushed but we asked for extra time to make our minds up. Will definitely return

OT
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Lovely old building but very bland disappointing food. They also knew it was a birthday dinner & nothing was mentioned throughout.

KC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Asked for medium rare steak and a medium rare lamb. The lamb was laughingly small and I was offered another piece. But both steak and lamb were well done. No excuse at 7.30 and only six other diners. We then had to wait for new meals to be cooked.
Our main courses were not charged after I complained when paying the bill but our wedding anniversary was effectively ruined. This is the second time in a row that medium rare was over cooked. We will not go again.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Whilst the food and service were very good it did feel that we were trapped in an early ‘90’s time warp, there were very few customers for a Thursday evening, this didn’t help much either.

HL
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect anniversary evening drinking lovely wine and eating delicious food, with perfect service in a beautiful old building.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to spend our wedding anniversary... excellent friendly and attentive service, perfect good and betty very good wines. Thanks

OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice meal and lovely food but a very small restaurant. Staff were a little slow once things got busy. We had to flag the servers down twice to get the bill.

CN
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Friendly staff, excellent food & nice atmosphere- we sat outside as hottest day of year. Only big negative was exceptionally slow arrival of starter & main course which we commented on. I guess maybe everyone was suffering as a result of v hot weather.

AF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely uncrushed and relaxed Sunday lunch with friends. Excellent food and convivial service.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant in Old Amersham - have been here a number of times and never been disappointed with the food or service. Need I say more?

PP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely relaxing lunch in the courtyard. Delicious food, excellent, very friendly service. Would highly recommend and we’ll definitely be back!

H
Buckinghamshire
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch. Consistently good.

SG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We three ladies sat in the quaint inner courtyard under the willow tree on a sunny Saturday! The food was delicious and the service outstanding and warm! Everything was catered to our needs and wishes. We enjoyed our lunch so very much!