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AN AMER­SHAM restau­rant which has won plau­dits from across the foodie world has achieved even more crit­i­cal ac­claim.

Ar­ti­choke, in Mar­ket Square, Old Amer­sham, was re­cently voted the 30th best restau­rant in the UK in the Good Food Guide (GFG) 2017, achiev­ing a score of seven out of 10 for its food.

Opened in 2002 by hus­band and wife team Lau­rie and Jac­que­line Gear, the restau­rant has con­tin­u­ally re­ceived praise and last year was ranked 23rd in the same guide and 28th the year be­fore.

Among its many hon­ours, it was awarded a Ris­ing Star in the 2011 Miche­lin Guide Now and has also been listed in The Sun­day Times Top 100 UK Restau­rants 2013 and 2014.

Mr Gear, who has worked with cel­e­brated chef Rene Redzepi at Copen­hagen’s world fa­mous Noma, called the lat­est GFG rank­ing a ‘great achieve­ment’ but said he could not do it with­out his team.

He said: “Our en­tire team are de­lighted with it and it’s a re­flec­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to what we do.

“To be in the top 50 is won­der­ful – to be 30th, we’re re­ally chuffed.”

Speak­ing about the GFG, he said: “It’s what my­self and my wife used when we were young­sters, when we started to save up our pen­nies and go out and eat – we used to buy a copy ev­ery year.”

Call­ing it a ‘valu­able mar­ket­ing tool’ and great pub­lic­ity, Mr Gear said the guide plays an es­sen­tial role ‘in staff mo­rale and re­ten­tion’.

Since open­ing, the restau­rant has gone from strength to strength but Mr Gear said he will not be rest­ing on his lau­rels.

New ones are spring­ing up all the time which he said keeps the restau­rant on its toes, adding that main­tain­ing a high score and rank­ing is key.

The restau­rant has grown from a small team of four to five peo­ple nearly 15 years ago to a staff of around 22.

His ini­tial aim was to own one of the best neigh­bour­hood restau­rants in the area, and Mr Gear said he is ‘hum­bled’ to be in the same guide as some of the best in the UK.

He added: “It’s great for our busi­ness and our ego but I think I’m just happy in my restau­rant.”

In the guide: Chef pa­tron Lau­rie Gear and head chef Ben Jenk­ins out­side Ar­ti­choke

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