The Artichoke

4.7
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1530 reviews
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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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IF
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, very good service.
Waiters accents were a bit hard to understand when describing each course and its wine, but a very minor point.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only reservation about the excellent Artichoke is the very limited almost non-existent choice of wines at a "reasonable"price level. Almost without trying you are into £75 a bottle and those are the cheaper wines. Far too hefty for lunchtime.Would love to know their mark-up percentages

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly special meal ! Worthy of their Michelin star

SC
London
23 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and wonderful tastes from each course. Service as ever very friendly and efficient- all in all thoroughly recommended

OT
London
90 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Beautiful interior. Very friendly staff and a pleasant setting. Being seated upstairs brings down the atmosphere and you feel tucked away. The tasting menu apart from the duck was made for a summers day. Dish after dish was cold, odd and out of the season. Wine pairing was great but again, for a summer’s lunch. Disappointing and could have been so much better. Overpriced for the taste and lack of seasonality but understand you pay for the craftsmanship behind the creations. The newly awarded Michelin star is an achievement considering the disappointing flavours and delivery.

SB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal. Perfectly balanced courses, in flavour and size, delicious wine and attentive service.

WR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Our favourite when celebrating something special.

DC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impressive experience and great value for money for the high standards you receive

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Filling in all the Michelin requirements so could not be faulted , excellent service , perhaps waitress too quick in removing the plates, excellent food , unluckily sitting next to noisy table ... nice attention with happy birthday petits fours !
Would recommend anytime for special occasion or desire for stylish and delicious food.

OT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t really answer the question about value for money as I didn’t pay! However, it was wonderful as always. Huge thanks and Merry Christmas all! Xx

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, the Artichoke is inventive, attentive, memorable and about as close to perfection as you’ll ever experience

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Fantastic atmosphere. Great that this is our local!

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food and lovely service. Great place for a wedding anniversary

JO
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was full of flavour with subtle hints and texture. My favourite was the choux bun with truffle. Service excellent!

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Artichoke is one of our local, go-to restaurants when we want to push the boat out. We always know it will be a lovely evening. Despite the quality of the food and its well-earned Michelin star, this place is never pretentious. The 6-course tasting menu is wonderful - I've never had the courage to go for the 8-course alternative because I just don't think I'd be able to finish it! The wine flight complements the dishes perfectly. All in all, a fantastic restaurant, delicious food and great service.

E
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointing. It used to be much better. The dishes are ordinary, some don’t really work. It feels like it is a completely different restaurant compared to 6 months ago. Very expensive for such average and forgettable food.

SC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

3rd visit and a real let down. Food was lovely on the set 8 course menu but the wine flyte was so so and one wine was changed without advise from the sommelier. Real problem came when the kitchen finished and we experienced cleaning of utensils, banging around but worst of all was the smell of the cleaning of cooking fat which made our stomachs turn and cling to our clothes and hair. I dont think its unreasonable for staff to wait until diners have left before cleaning the kitchen.....you cannot charge nearly £400 and start cleaning in front of customers.

WZ
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience with the 6 course taster meal and wine flight. Absolutely delicious. Occasionally we struggled to hear what the waiters were explaining for each dish / wine as we were right next to the kitchen, but overall experience was amazing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food with an explosion of taste and fantastic service. A gem of a restaurant

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hair in my food
Good hit and miss
Better places, cheaper and tastier than this
Don’t think it lives up to its reputation

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lucky to have such a great restaurant nearby. Our first time but we will return in the near future.

ST
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Second visit. Great service & food. But "nippy" when door opened, & this time there was a party going on upstairs. Singing & laughter from upstairs, but people having a good time, so NO complaints. Preferred sitting in other area of restaurant as we found it more cosy & we enjoyed seeing the chefs creating. We will definitely be visiting again.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time back here since Michelin star awarded. Superb food - greatly enjoyed 8 course tasting menu. Many congratulations!

KK
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely cosy restaurant, with a happy buzz as the friendly staff went about their business looking after all the diners. The staff were all attentive, and the 6 course menu which we had chosen was served at a relaxed pace. We didn’t feel rushed at all.( we thought we might, as we had booked an early table, and had been told that we only had it for 2 hours). We were actually there for more like 3 hours than 2.
The food was outstanding, probably one of the best meals we have ever eaten. I hope that the menu will be changed fairly frequently, as we hope to return again soon.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the 6 course lunch tasting menu which was good value and presented very well. We enjoyed all the courses and also the Amuse. The service was good and friendly but not too over the top. The atmosphere was perfect and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I wouldn't normally pay this much but it was a special treat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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CZ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, it was a spectacular menu and the food sublime. Our guests were completely wowed by the standard of the food and can’t wait to come back.

S
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not as good as it used to be- service seemed rushed and the food was not what it used to be

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal and very attentive staff. My only slight niggle was that we had a table for two by the entrance door which kept being opened and we felt slightly out on a limb. The food was terrific tho!

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service and overall dinning experience

T
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and exquisite flavour to the food.

FM
Buckinghamshire
32 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service all round wonderful place

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place for dinner with friends, good food and great service from the staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal - and great value for the quality of food, which was outstanding.

F
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, wine and service. Prices on par with similar quality restaurants.

M
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, service excellent, food divine, only drawback was bill presented before we were finished. Otherwise, first class, will return

GP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant and comfortable evening with enjoyable tasting menu and wine pairings. Staff were friendly and efficient and the ambiance was good.

We were pleased to see the Artichoke gain a Michelin star this year, which we believe was well deserved and overdue!

LF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service
Thank you for a lovely afternoon

CT
Buckinghamshire
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with great service. Had a brilliant birthday surprise.

GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely fabulous food. The least appetising on the menu was a choux bun but this turned out to be the star course.
The food has always been good but since Laurie got the well deserved star everything is top notch