The Artichoke

4.7
1622 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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vipMrMarkThomas
London
34 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Great tastes and ideas in this tasting menu

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vipHGHF
London
185 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent tasting menu with really creative flavour combinations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere (except for the music), v good service, excellent food. Had the 6 course tasting menu, highly recommended.

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JeremyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We did the vegetarian tasting menu. Two dishes, the mushroom Linguini and the blue cheese panna cotta, blew us away.

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LucyT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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DDPP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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SteveS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MichaelD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable celebration lunch.Staff were welcoming&attentive. Food was excellent

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Richard
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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WenPet
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Superb food and service. Will be back ..,,

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Lingerer
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seasonal ingredients used skillfully to create an interesting and delicious meal. Lunch menu astoundingly good value. Service great too

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GuynDee
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

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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vipBrian
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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LesleyE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, superb quality and impeccable service, great for a special occasion

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NickH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Foodforthought
Oxford
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here often. Always outstanding, and didn't disappoint this trip. Will be back.

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RestaurMe
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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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AnitaL
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Lulu
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. A superb experience even in these difficult times....

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SueJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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jenk
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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IanG
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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sinamo
London
31 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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IanT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Derricka
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

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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colin
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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RogerC
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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JillT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. It is great for special occasions, it was our wedding annuversary

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GretchenL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. Our favourite place to celebrate special occasions. Happy they’re back in action.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again another amazing meal here. We’re lucky to have the Artichoke on our doorstep.

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Anna2014
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends 50th - exquisite tasting menu. Loved every single mouthful especially poussin course

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GillC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back, after a forced Covid interlude. Food, service, ambience.... in fact everything superb

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Andysmithchef
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always perfect and delicious. Armisohere calm and peaceful. Live eating here.

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Mozza
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delightful

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Pedro
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Rafe
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal in all respects, catered well for my Coeliac dietary needs

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Mozart
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back at our favourite local restaurant. Some exquisite dishes, and impressive Covid security.

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vipFInedine
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MegW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Have had many visits including our wedding anniversaries since 2004. This was our first disappointment. We were seated alone in the upper room. We chose the tasting menu and were immediately informed that the listed turbot was no longer available. Instead plaice was served with the same sauce. One of us chose the lamb which was poor and the sweetbreads were tasteless. Generally the food was not interesting. The two desserts were the best items; but why two? We voiced our complaints and the staff seemed embarrassed. We were offered a table in the main part of the restaurant halfway through the meal but we were not inclined to move at that stage. From our previous experience we were pleased that a Michelin star had been awarded. On this occasion the Artichoke fell well below that standard.

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The Artichoke is rated 4.7 stars by 1622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.