Artichoke beats Blanc to the Good Food top thirty
Restaurant beats French chef’s Oxfordshire establishment on list
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.
Top thirty: Artichoke owner Laurie Gear
Simply the best: Artichoke is the only restaurant in Bucks to make the Good Food Guide