Good Food Guide’s Best New Entry 2011, named a Rising Star in the Michelin Guide 2011 and listed 35th in the Top 50 UK Restaurants Good Food Guide 2013. Perfect for an intimate meal.
Address: 9 Market Square, Old Amersham, HPP7 0DF
Telephone: 01494 726611
The waiting staff go to extreme lengths to make you comfortable, including a special little table for my handbag (!) – although unfortunately the waitress kept tripping over this and that made us all giggle. To kick things off they serve an amuse-bouche, with complimentary breads that are so delicious they were almost my undoing, so be warned. Stand out dishes for our party included the quail starter which was served with the most amazing hazelnut sauce, the melt-in-the-mouth Venison main, and the prune and Armagnac soufflé dessert. The beauty of the Artichoke is really in the details. Each plate is served with several accompaniments each of which in itself has been prepared with loving time and effort. The combination of flavours is amazing, and that makes it worth every penny. We all found ourselves making the sort of noises Gregg Wallace does on Masterchef when the puddings come out. The Artichoke is in the top 50 UK restaurants in the Good Food Guide, and the top 100 Sunday Times list. It would be absolutely perfect for a special romantic meal. I can’t wait to save up, not eat all day and go there to try their tasting menu.