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The Artichoke

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

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Time was when the peaks of gastronomy used to be scaled only in grand hotel dining rooms and country houses. Today, they may just as easily crop up in a modest-looking building on a suburban square, albeit one with its gnarled and beamed roots in the Tudor period. Laurie and Jacqueline Gear have created one of more exciting outposts of contemporary cuisine here, in no small measure deriving from a formative stint Laurie spent at René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen, one of the reference venues of Scandi modernism. The setting has an understated character, for all the depictions of artichokes in relief on the wall panels, the better to illuminate the senses by means of dynamically creative dishes. Individual components counterbalance each other cleverly in ideas such as smoked haddock with radishes and beetroot in horseradish cream, or the symmetrical alignment of roasted scallop and local ham with a pork and shellfish tarragon dressing. Each plate seems to teem with ingredients, as when roasted salsify turns up with golden enoki mushrooms, truffle gel, toasted hazelnut crumbs, sweet cicely and chervil emulsion. Different ethnic notes come and go, for example in a Thai-style coconut curry butter for the roast cod, lightly spiced couscous for a winter roots dish with toasted pumpkin seeds on the veggie menu. Thoroughbred meats get their moment in the spotlight: Perthshire short rib; breast of locally farmed duck; cheek, hock and belly of incomparable pork with morteau sausage, pickled cabbage and apple caramel. Desserts maintain the pace for mandarin and rice pudding soufflé with brazil nut crumble and chocolate sorbet, or the reliably ambrosial Brillat-Savarin cheesecake with Poire William sorbet, chervil and granola. French and English artisan cheeses come with delicate hand-made crackers.

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Tel: 01494 726611
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Xmas & Apr, 2 wks Aug/Sep

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Laurie Gear, Ben Jenkins
Number of seats: 48
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 8 yrs D.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £22.50
Sunday lunch: £38.00-£48.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Artichoke, Amersham
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M40 junct 2. 1m from Amersham New Town
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