The Artichoke

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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
We are excited to announce that award winning restaurant, the Artichoke, set in the beautiful market town of Old Amersham, has revealed its new extended space together with sumptuous contemporary interiors. Those who have dined before will notice the fluid addition with its soothing and muted colours which compliments the already carefully considered décor. The gorgeous ‘Living Wall’ of herbs is still in place, and you are now seated in either the 'Garden Dining Room’, or the 'Kitchen Dining Room, where you can view Laurie and his team hard at work in the open kitchen and reserve one of the Chef's Table, a great option for sampling the innovative tasting menus. There is also the ‘Wine Dining Room’ on the first floor leading to the well stocked cellar, perfect for sophisticated business dining, private celebrations and wine events. Chef/owner Laurie Gear oversees the refined modern European menu filled with not only charming seasonal additions but foraged herbs, berries and flowers.
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FA
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The autumn tasting menu was one of the best I have eaten in Artichoke - original, skilled, delicious and unlike anything else being served outside of central London. The consistency of the delivery and use of the best sourced ingredients is one of the reasons we keep going back. The other is the frequent updating of the menu. How this restaurant does not have Michelin stars I do not know when pubs get 2 stars within 20 miles.

NL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

6 course tasting menu was delicious. Good service and a nice restaurant.

BV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Much more formal than I realised when booking. Very awkward, over the top service. Food is fantastic, but it's very stuffy and formal. Way too many staff, felt very over aended. More wines by the glass please, its mostly whole bottles which is too much for a lunch. Can't fault the kitchen, amazing food

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food but silly over expensive wine prices

WJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great interesting food with friendly professional service

C
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the lunch time taster menu with accompanying wine flight. A delightful way to spend a couple of hours!

F
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there several times, usually for "special" occasions. Whilst it is a little on the expensive side, you definitely get what you pay for, so a food venue for those "occasions". Will be going back.

FM
Buckinghamshire
27 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and service. The Artichoke maintains a level of consistency and brilliance which is very difficult to beat.

Overall a brilliant place to take your other half for a special time- never fails to deliver

EW
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS! amazing restaurant. So lucky to have Artichoke nearby. Haven’t been able to dine there for 18 months , so wonderful to get back. Thank you for a wonderful evening

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Birthday disappointed with service

M
London
48 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we visited this restaurant. Excellent experience again. We chose the set lunch menu and were really blown away with the tastes we were given. Just amazing food an interesting menu. Superb staff well trained and friendly and very knowledgable. Definitely going to be more visits here. Lovely atmosphere.

FM
Buckinghamshire
27 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, brilliant food- new lunch tasting menu is exquisite- all round worth many visits . Good friendly service

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining without the travelling. We had the vegetarian tasting menu for my wife’s birthday perfect service a marvellous array of tastes and an expensive thoroughly delicious bottle of champagne. Extravagant yes, but a great way to celebrate thank you.

RA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu. With excellent service and a great atmosphere. Tasting menu was well judged and was well paced so as not be too over-whelming.

Would definitely find an excuse to go again.

Thank you

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have always been impressed by Laurie's cooking at The Artichoke. And it seems to improve each time we go there.

On this occasion we were slightly disappointed, but that reflects as much the high standards we have come to expect at Artichoke as the actual standard of the cuisine. We ate from the 6 course set menu. The first four courses were excellent; for us, the two dessert dishes were in our view disappointing. And we had an inordinate wait for the final dish - not sure if something went wrong in the production.

It still remains one of our favourite restaurants.

NI
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect enjoyment :delicious and unusual food, efficient and charming service,delightful ambience

s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding meal. One of the best I have ever eaten. Chef continues to develop and surprise. Seafood miso was unexpected and astonishing. Every course was magnificent

g
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here four or five times and have never had anything we didn’t enjoy. Particularly interesting vegetarian menu. Our lunch tasting menu was summer on a plate.

SB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at The Artichoke in Amersham. We had the six course tasting menu and all courses were delicious.

P
Buckinghamshire
25 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food although the service needs to be reviewed. We had a chat with the waiter re wine and he recommended a bottle that wasn’t on the menu for £80 and then when we got the bill we were charged £120! All we got was a “sorry I made an error”. He could have at least honoured the initial price (as it was his mistake) but didn’t. Food was delicious though so can’t fault that and they weren’t so hot on their feet when it came to topping up our waters.

4
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the 6 course tasting menu. Probably one of the best we have had. Crab, stuffed courgette flower, lamb, 2 deserts - chocolate and strawberry. All beautifully prepared taste trips. We chose 2 1/2 bottles of wine - a white Gavi and red Gigondas. Hi standard of service.
Really nice evening.

MM
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having been recommended & also read reviews this was something me & my partner have been looking forward to very much, we decided to make it a special lunch for my partners birthday,
What we experienced was totally amazing,We chose the 6 course tasting menu which was an array of wonderful dishes full of flavour, & visually incredible,
Attended by knowledgable waitress about the dishes we were about to eat,
We went on a lunch time which was perfect just about the right ambience, service was spot on all in all a lovely culanry experience which we would easily return to have again!!
How this restraunt isn't Michelin starred is a mystery it should be!!

RJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here over a number of years, the food and wine is always amazing - but this time was probably the best yet! Quality, presentation and taste all superb. A real culinary experience.

d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is constantly good, aided perhaps by their style of menu which helps the kitchen present food at its best. An interesting wine list with a helpful, friendly and proactive sommelier. Well with a visit.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Wonderful lunch in peaceful surroundings with utterly professional staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. I will return.

J
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Artichoke but a delightful experience-couldn’t fault the six courses we had and our waiters were very pleasant. A leisurely lunch - no pressure and each course was a delight. Couldn’t single one out to be my favourite. Perhaps wished I’d been in the left had side of the restaurant- more ambience. Only negative -found the petit fours rather too sweet. Had the flight of wines - very good.

AN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous lunch from the Lunch Tasting Menu - every course was excellent but would pick out the smoked trout and the pork belly with mushroom sauce and pappadelle which was sensational. We paired it wit the wines flight - again all worked really well - esp loved the unoaked Malbec with the pork.
We only moved to the area 2.5 years ago and somehow had missed this restaurant. Service was first class - relaxed but precise , overall great value for money. Definitely will be back.

KV
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. We loved every mouthful of this amazing sensory experience. The tasting lunch scored 10 out of 10 every course from all of us paired with exquisite service. Thank you Artichoke - we look forward to returning.

PS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for a lunch tasting menu for our anniversary. The food was delicious, seriously delicious, and was fairly good value for 5 courses. The artichoke and pork belly in particular were amazing. The staff were attentive and lovely, even swapping out a menu item for me and bringing us a little dessert surprise. It's in a quaint little town with parking nearby. Great experience and would love to return sometime.

AR
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best food we have eaten in a long time highly recommend

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly service. Wonderful food.

S
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, matched perfectly with the wine flight. We enjoyed the six course tasting menu and found each offering absolutely superb. We would return every week if finances allowed.

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We had the Taster 6 courses and it was delicious. The service was excellent and we will definitely be back bringing more friends as we loved it. Thankyou.

CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited the Artichoke 3 times, and have enjoyed each occasion. This time I took my husband for his Birthday, and he thought it was the best meal he had eaten out outside London. Highly recommend the Artichoke Restaurant, the food, wine and service are excellent!!

FM
Buckinghamshire
27 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food - wonderful lunch tasting menu - worth the extra. Staff are very friendly and attentive and are perfect representatives of the restaurant. A perfect place for a date meal to relax and chat whilst enjoy the food and wine.

KK
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dining experience. We had the 6 course tasting menu & wine flight and enjoyed every morsel! The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating to my gluten free/no seafood diet. It was my birthday treat and they made it very special. Highly recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The ambience & service were old fashioned and a little cold, but the tasting menu was excellent!

We notified the restaurant about a special occasion (25th Anniversary) & therefore requested special seating. We were next to the staircase & kitchen. They did however present us with a beautifully decorated sweat plate.

ZT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a phenomenal meal at Artichoke on Saturday - the food was exceptional, lovely and attentive service, and a fantastic sommelier who introduced us to some delicious new wines. Thank you - we'll be back :)

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding meal from start to finish. Did the 8 course tasting menu with wines and it was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff were lovely and had a fantastic meal from start to finish!

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