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“Small but smart” was one reader’s first impression of the increasingly confident and energetically driven Artichoke. With a calm but well-oiled open kitchen adding to the entertainment value of this Buckinghamshire barnstormer, Laurie Gear’s cooking is heading ever onward and upward, allowing big-city techniques and a respect for the seasons to inform his creative endeavours – don’t miss the charred fillet of Cornish mackerel with Isle of Bute seaweed jelly, pickled mushrooms, pomelo and brown shrimp cracker (“a plethora of flavours”) or Chiltern venison partnered by venison salami, young beets, horseradish mousse, sprout tops and sloe gin sauce (if they’re on). Seasonally changing desserts such as apple ‘presse’ with poached blackberries, smoked cobnuts, artichoke mousse and a tiny hazelnut madeleine also hit the spot. Service is delightful, the wine list includes many fascinating tipples, and the lunchtime tasting menu is an “absolute joy”. In short, an independent local restaurant par excellence.


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  1. he Artichoke opened in 2002 and bought a fine dining revolution to Amersham. The restaurant received acclaim from Michelin, the AA and Hardens but a devastating fire in 2008 led to closure for 18 months and restaurant reopened in 2009 with a fab refurbishment.

    The interior is intimate and modern with an open kitchen.

    As I was coming home, who better to join me for dinner than my mum? I nicknamed her Susan SilverSpoon for night, and she was very excited to try the cuisine at the Artichoke as it is so highly regarded locally.

    My mum doesn't like photos of herself so here's one of me...
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  1. About thirty miles north of London, over the hills and far away...right at the end of the Metropolitan line...lies the sleepy little town of Amersham...

    London has one of the most exciting and fantastic restaurant's scenes in Europe but my heart lies in Amersham because it is where I can really call home. I was born and raised in the the market town in the Chiltern Hills and lived there my entire life before heading of to the University of Warwick to study my degree in English literature.

    To give a bit of background to my home town the little place is divided into two areas, the more modern Amersham-on-the-hill...
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  • Address: 9 Market Square, Old Amersham, UK HP7 0DF
  • Telephone: 01494 726 611
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-11pm

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