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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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Scandinavian style in deepest Bucks

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At a glance

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

Laurie and Jacqueline Gear's effortlessly stylish restaurant can be found in an understated 16th-century building on Amersham’s market square. Elegant, contemporary interior design mixes seamlessly with the beams and wooden floorboards – pale walls, cream leather button-backed banquettes, unclothed tables, and a view of the kitchen pass from one of the dining rooms. The service is polished and professional from smartly dressed staff who know their stuff. Laurie spent time at Copenhagen’s Noma, inspiring not only the slightly Scandi feel of the decor, but also the direction of the cooking. Choose from the tasting menu, carte or the set-price lunch menu. You can expect brilliantly conceived, complex dishes, along the lines of roasted salsify with chervil emulsion, truffle, mushrooms, puffed wild rice and rye bread, or smoked haddock tartare with Royal Russet apple, radish and horseradish ice cream to begin, followed by saddle of Wooburn Common venison with smoked celeriac purée and blue cheese crumble. Desserts might include a stunning mandarin rice pudding soufflé with white chocolate and cardamom mousse and fresh mandarin – well worth the 15-minute wait. Breads are really excellent, so don’t miss out.

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: 246
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • 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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