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The Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The Artichoke, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

The Artichoke

4.6
4.6
1419 Reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 18:45–20:45 Fri, Sat 19:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01494 726611
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Laurie Gear

What 1,419 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,419 Reviews
  1. MrMarkThomas

    London

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb. Great tastes and ideas in this tasting menu

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  2. Holly

    Devon

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent tasting menu with really creative flavour combinations.

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  3. RussellYokoi

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere (except for the music), v good service, excellent food. Had the 6 course tasting menu, highly recommended.

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  4. JeremyL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We did the vegetarian tasting menu. Two dishes, the mushroom Linguini and the blue cheese panna cotta, blew us away.

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  5. LucyT

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch tasting menu with wine flight was totally delicious- great flavours and interesting wines. Service is excellent, can’t wait to go again !

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  6. DDPP

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting menu outstanding accompanied by delicious wines with each course. Service was very good with a personal touch for the occasion.

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  7. SteveS

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s great to see The Artichoke surviving these difficult Covid times. The service (even behind the visors) is high quality and unobtrusive. The food, as ever, is prepared with care and tastes great (I recommend the courgette flower starter). It’s a step above all other restaurants within 10 miles. Highly recommended.

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  8. MichaelD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very enjoyable celebration lunch.Staff were welcoming&attentive. Food was excellent

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  9. Richard

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic evening at The Artichoke. The atmosphere, despite Covid restrictions, was warming, welcoming and friendly. The restaurant was busy (in a safe way!) and there was a really good buzz. The staff were really attentive without being over the top and we felt very looked after the entire night. We all had the 8 course tasting menu with wine flight and it was amazing from start to finish. It was our first experience in a Michelin star restaurant and it didn't disappoint! However, there was no sense of snobbery or stuffiness about the experience; it was relaxing, fun and delicious! We didn't feel rushed either and spent a wonderful three hours or so enjoying the fantastic food and wine provided to us. We will definitely back again in the future and we'd recommend anyone to give it a go!

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  10. WenPet

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening. Superb food and service. Will be back ..,,

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  11. Lingerer

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seasonal ingredients used skillfully to create an interesting and delicious meal. Lunch menu astoundingly good value. Service great too

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  12. GuynDee

    London

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Artichoke. The tasting menu was quite good but I’d say the portions were probably the smallest we’ve ever seen on a tasting menu. The wine flight was excellent but overall we felt the drinks were very expensive. To be honest, at over £85 including drink per head for lunch you’d find better value elsewhere.

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  13. Brian

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed an excellent lunch in Covid safe surroundings. All the staff were wearing visors and the whole set up had clearly been carefully thought through. The food and service were excellent!!

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  14. LesleyE

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, superb quality and impeccable service, great for a special occasion

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing all around. Loved the many courses and matching of wines using places and types of wines we were not familiar with at all. Was a gourmet adventure we would gladly take again.

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  16. NickH

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to artichoke and was not disappointed. Service was first class, attentive and not overpowering. The 8 course taster menu was a delight on the taste buds. Couldn't pick a favourite as they were all delicious! Will be back...………...

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  17. Foodforthought

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here often. Always outstanding, and didn't disappoint this trip. Will be back.

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  18. RestaurMe

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good to have them back and food still the same overall high standard. May be worth going for an earlier slot to avoid the upstairs room.

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  19. AnitaL

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going to the Artichoke is better than visiting an art gallery. It touches all the senses and you can eat it. First you look, then you smell, then you taste. All pure pleasure. Well done to the Artichoke artists We come away well satisfied

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  20. Lulu

    Hertfordshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. A superb experience even in these difficult times....

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  21. SueJ

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn't wait to get back to this stunning restaurant. They made us feel very welcome and safe. The food was to die for.

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  22. jennkend

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service as always. Such a fantastic restaurant although we spent a small fortune! Love it here though and we feel so lucky to have this gem of a restaurant on our doorstep. My only disappointment was to see foie gras on the menu, totally unnecessary to use cruel ingredients when the chefs here make everything taste delicious without the need for this.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a Birthday Dinner for my wife and we were initially seated on a bench by reception side by side by an open door, which wasn't how we'd envisaged our meal together. We asked to move and without any fuss we were relocated upstairs to a 2 person table, which was better. The only downside was that there was a large table of 10 people who were very loud in an enclosed area, so it was difficult to hear each other talk. However, the food and service was amazing. We had the 8 course meal with wine flight and enjoyed it all. It was our second visit and first since the restaurant gained a Michelin star. Definitely recommend and will visit again.

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  24. IanG

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    High quality food that was well presented and served by a friendly waiting staff. The vegetarian menu had a good variety and was just as interesting and well served as the meat alternative. Overall an enjoyable experience that exceeded our expectations.

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  25. Sina

    London

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere, the wine pairing was very good too with an interesting selection of wine, including one from India.

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  26. IanT

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even with the new restaurant restrictions The Artichoke still manages to deliver a first class dining experience. Food excellent as always. Service impeccable as always. What’s not to like. So glad to support my most favourite restaurant.

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  27. Derricka

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Very good food and service ruined by having to share a small upstairs"overflow" dining room ( 12 covers) with a family table of 6 who were excessively noisy. The room did not have the same ambiance as the main restaurant being "cafe" in style but more disappointing was that management chose to accept a booking for a table of 6 alongside 3 tables occupied by couples. At the very least the other diners should have been told when making the booking but in any case you do not expect this kind of table arrangement in a Michelin starred restaurant and at these prices. Be sure to ask for a table downstairs.

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  28. colin

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable, relaxed, very attentive and Proffessional in CV times. Food excellent. Tasting menu with paired wines amazing. Will return again soon. Thank you. Colin

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  29. RogerC

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was splendid to be back and the food and service remain wonderful. However, ambience was lost by our being placed in the original area of the restaurant, although we appreciate that this carried with it increased safety from infection.

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  30. Jill

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable evening. It is great for special occasions, it was our wedding annuversary

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  31. GretchenL

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Our favourite place to celebrate special occasions. Happy they’re back in action.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet again another amazing meal here. We’re lucky to have the Artichoke on our doorstep.

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  33. Anna2014

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends 50th - exquisite tasting menu. Loved every single mouthful especially poussin course

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  34. GillC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcome back, after a forced Covid interlude. Food, service, ambience.... in fact everything superb

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  35. Andysmithchef

    West Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always perfect and delicious. Armisohere calm and peaceful. Live eating here.

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  36. Mozza

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply delightful

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  37. Pedro

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really pleased to see The Artichoke back open. Great food as ever and our family had a wonderful experience again. Most moderate of constructive criticisms would be to bring back pancetta rolls (in addition to current offering) and to go back to original petit fours with coffee at end (churros great and could be a dessert on their own). Will be back!

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  38. Rafe

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal in all respects, catered well for my Coeliac dietary needs

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  39. Mozart

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful to be back at our favourite local restaurant. Some exquisite dishes, and impressive Covid security.

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  40. FInedine

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for wedding anniversary lunch. Restaurant had just reopened after lockdown. Both had the 6 course tasting menu and one wine flight. Delicious food and wine. Nicely presented. Did not feel rushed. Would definitely go again

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The Artichoke is rated 4.6 stars by 1419 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Artichoke

9 Market Square, Old Amersham, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DF

Additional information

  • Area
    Amersham
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 18:45–20:45 Fri, Sat 19:00–21:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Large car park available within 300 metres.
  • Public Transit
    Underground: Amersham, Rail: Chiltern Railways Main Line
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Laurie Gear
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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