Ar­ti­choke beats Blanc to the Good Food top thirty

Restau­rant beats French chef’s Ox­ford­shire es­tab­lish­ment on list

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

AN AMER­SHAM restau­rant is bet­ter than one run by ac­claimed chef Ray­mond Blanc, ac­cord­ing to the Good Food Guide (GFG) 2017.

Ar­ti­choke, in Mar­ket Square, Old Amer­sham, has been rated the 30th best restau­rant in the UK, beat­ing the Ox­ford­shire-based Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons by one place.

The GFG, owned by Waitrose, is a guide to the top 50 restau­rants and eater­ies across Bri­tain and is said to be highly re­garded by chefs and restau­rant go­ers.

Placed top for the fourth year run­ning is L’En­clume in Cum­bria, with other no­table en­tries be­ing Restau­rant Sat Bains in Not­ting­hamshire in sec­ond, The Fat Duck in Berk­shire in sixth, Restau­rant Gor­don Ram­say in Lon­don com­ing sev­enth, while La Gavroche, Lon­don, ranked a dis­ap­point­ing 16th out of 50.

Ar­ti­choke has been rated seven out of ten for its food but it came seven places higher last year, be­ing ranked 23rd.

And it is the only Bucks based restu­rant on the list, which may come as a sur­prise to fans of the Hand and Flow­ers in Mar­low, which was ranked 43rd last year.

The GFG has also un­cov­ered a range of foodie finds in un­con­ven­tional set­tings and struc­tures, such as Shuck’s at the Yurt, a restau­rant housed in a quirky tent found on the north Nor­folk coast.

El­iz­a­beth Carter, who is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years as con­sul­tant ed­i­tor of the GFG, said: “From yurts to camp­sites, bike shops to ship­ping con­tain­ers, the ves­sel in which a good restau­rant sails is no bar­rier to en­try in our guide.

“We look for great food wher­ever we can find it – and that’s some­times in highly un­usual places.

“With an army of GFG read­ers on the ground, and our in­spec­tors scour­ing the length and breadth of the UK, we check out as many rec­om­men­da­tions as we can to make sure that no stone is un­turned.”

Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, Ar­ti­choke of­fer ‘an in­spired al­ter­na­tive to din­ing within the old town of Amer­sham’.

Call­ing their fare ‘mod­ern Euro­pean cui­sine’, the menu has an em­pha­sis on ‘or­ganic, free range, and the ar­ray of berries, herbs and fungi that can be for­aged from our hedgerows, woods and seashores’.

The restau­rant has been awarded the AA Restau­rant of the Year for Eng­land 2013-2014, listed num­ber six in the UK Top Restau­rants BMW Square Meal 2014, has been win­ner of the GFG Best New En­try 2011 and named a Ris­ing Star in the Miche­lin Guide 2011.

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