An­other top 10 fin­ish for Bucks foodie favourite

Re­view says it is a place that ‘gets ev­ery­thing right’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by toM HER­BERt tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

highly ac­claimed Amer­sham restau­rant has won even more crit­i­cal recog­ni­tion af­ter it scooped a top 10 fin­ish in a pres­ti­gious foodie award.

The Ar­ti­choke, on Mar­ket Square, Old Amer­sham, has been named the 10th best UK restau­rant out­side of Lon­don in the SquareMeal Best UK Restau­rant of 2017 award.

The restau­rant has al­ready won a slew of in­dus­try awards, in­clud­ing a Ris­ing Star in the 2011 Miche­lin Guide Now, and has fea­tured in a num­ber of ‘Best Of’ lists since it was first opened in 2002, achiev­ing a top 30 fin­ish in the UK in the Good Food Guide (GFG) for the past three years.

And the lat­est nod in the Square Meal list saw the restau­rant lauded for con­sis­tently demon­strat­ing the kind of qual­ity and creativity “nor­mally re­served for top-notch restau­rants in Lon­don”.

The re­view on the guide’s web­site adds: “This place gets ev­ery­thing right, from the af­fa­ble clued-up staff and all­round en­ter­tain­ment value of a well-oiled open kitchen to the con­stantly evolv­ing reper­toire of eye- catch­ing ideas re­flect­ing the best sea­sonal pro­duce.”

Re­view­ers were “blown away by Lau­rie’s [Gear - owner] gas­tro­nomic ad­ven­tures”, adding: “This is tech­ni­cally re­fined, in­no­va­tive stuff, but de­liv­ered with­out a shred of pom­pos­ity.

“In short, “truly out­stand­ing”.”

Each year the web­site com­piles a list of the top 100 restau­rants out­side Lon­don, with thou­sands of readers tak­ing part in the search to find the best.

The web­site says: “Whether at a white-table­clothed bas­tion of for­mal fine din­ing, a gas­tropub serv­ing some of the tasti­est food in the county, or a ca­sual, city-cen­tre Asian café, a meal in any of th­ese restau­rants will be among the very best eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ences you will find in the UK to­day.”

Mr Gear said: “The Ar­ti­choke is de­lighted to among such es­teemed com­pany in the BMW Square Meal Award 10 UK Restau­rant.

“It has al­ways been our am­bi­tion to be recog­nised as one of the best in­de­pen­dent neigh­bour­hood restau­rants in the coun­try and this pres­ti­gious award re­flects all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion that the team have shown.”

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