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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Setting the regional standard with dazzling modern cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Amersham's finest continues to set a regional standard for dazzling modern cooking delivered with engaging brio in an atmosphere enlivened by views of the kitchen pass. Laurie Gear offers a sheaf of tasting menus, as well as the standard prix-fixe, a set lunch and vegetarian options. He's the kind of chef unafraid to do the simplest things: a plate of just al dente risotto flavoured with parsley roots and dressed with melted Lancashire Bomb. For fish, there could be skate wing garnished with diced apple, sea beets and triple-cooked chips seasoned with powdered capers and vinegar, in a sauce of mussels and cider. Succulent venison sausage is partnered with a terrine of potato cooked in beef dripping, red cabbage purée and beetroot. To finish, there may be Cambridge burnt cream offset with poached rhubarb, blood orange and aerated white chocolate. Preliminaries include the unmissable Chiltern Black Ale bread with lamb-fat butter.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week April (from Easter Sunday), 2 weeks in August/September
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 11


  • Chef(s): Laurie Gear, Ben Jenkins

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30: 208
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • 3-course dinner from: £50
  • Tasting menu from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 48
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street, nearby car park

Getting here

M40 junction 2. 1 mile from Amersham New Town.

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