The AA Guide – 2 AA Rosettes
Low ceilings, wood flooring and cheerful art on sky-blue walls create an ambience of stylish, intimate rusticity at this former grammar school, while friendly staff contribute to the congenial atmosphere. The kitchen makes a virtue of simplicity, working an intelligent vein of appealing modern British ideas. Get going with duck liver parfait brûlée with kumquat compôte and cornichons and move on to fillet of stone bass imaginatively partnered by confit squid, risotto nero, charred leeks and saffron, or noisette and shoulder of lamb with aubergines, turnips and pressed new potatoes. To finish, lemon tart is served to good effect with orange sorbet and raspberries.
The Good Food Guide 2016
A durable and well-liked fixture of the Amersham scene, this amenable neighbourhood bistro occupies what was Dr Challoner’s grammar school – complete with a suntrap courtyard. The kitchen dresses up its dishes with modish embellishments, from ginger and lemongrass gel, pickled beets and radish with treacle-cured salmon to chervil root, black cabbage and truffle-braised potato alongside noisette and slow-roasted shoulder of Cornish lamb. Generous Sunday lunches too. The Gilbeys are also wine importers, so expect a sound French contingent on the well-rounded list.
Michelin Guide 2016
Part of a former 17C school, this busy neighbourhood restaurant is cosy and informal with modern artwork on walls. Eclectic range of British cooking with global influences.
Hardens Review 2016
“Genuinely friendly”, “thoughtful” staff add to the charm of this wine bar (named for the gin dynasty which owns it, and with wines from their own vineyards). The setting is a little “squashed-in”, but it wins uniform praise for its “surprisingly good” (if not entirely consistent) cooking”.
The Times – 18th October 2013
Old Amersham is known for its boutique shops and excellent fine dining, with fantastic options including Artichoke and Gilbey’s.
Here is a selection of letters recently received. Many thanks to those who took the trouble to write to us.
August 2016 – OpenTable review – Gilbeys is a beautiful, relaxed, fine dining restaurant. I took my daughter for a (treat) weekday lunch and we were greeted by a friendly smile and taken to our table. The front of house staff, Megan and David were very well presented and extremely professional, attentive but not intrusive. All dishes were explained to us and suggestions made. I had the superfood salad which was delicious, plentiful and beautifully presented, my daughter had (posh) fish and chips which looked like a work of art and which she really enjoyed. We both finished with the amazing coconut sorbet. It was reasonably priced for the extremely high standard of food and service. Would definitely recommend this gem of a restaurant in Old Amersham.
April 2016: First time here – food was fantastic, the pork was lovely! Definitely coming again!
April 2016: As usual, excellent dining and very good service! Our favourite restaurant; definitely worth coming all the way from Cornwall for a meal at Gilbey’s – Thank you!
March 2016: Best steak I’ve had in 52 years of existence!!
March 2016: Loved the wines! English Sauvignon!! Food was fabulous! Great Service! Always here on birthdays and Valentines every year!
February 2016: An excellent meal served by equally good staff. The evening defined though by a Monbazillac included in the wines. The real definition of class and knowledge of French wines.
February 2016: Delightful meal, good service, attention to detail very professional – will recommend to friends!