Charity Dinner Event with acclaimed chefs Tom Kerridge and Ashley Palmer-Watts

21st March 2019

This March Laurie and Ben were delighted to cook alongside celebrity chef Tom Kerridge
of the Hand and Flowers and Ashley Palmer-Watts of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
for a fantastic local Charity event held in aid of Scannappeal.


One hundred guests had a real treat as they were wined and dined at the beautiful Hampden House, Great Missenden, and treated to a sumptuous menu by the three chefs.
Ashley wowed the guests with his meat fruit starter, followed by Tom's delicious main course of treacle cured fillet of beef.
The guests then enjoyed our beautiful rhubarb and ginger cocktail with buttermilk,
Tomlinson's Yorkshire rhubarb, Cambridge cream and white chocolate dessert.


The private dinner was hosted by Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter CBE, to mark the launch of the charities new Bucks MRI Appeal for £1.5 million. The evening raised over £30.000 which greatly helps contribute to one of the largest appeals Scannapeal has ever run in its 32 year history.


The Artichoke Named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2013/14

AA Awards Photo

Amersham restaurant, The Artichoke was named AA Restaurant of
the Year for England at the AA Hospitality Awards 2013. Held at the London
Hilton on Park Lane, the AA awards recognise outstanding excellence in

Husband and wife team Laurie and Jacqueline Gear opened the restaurant in
2002. However they were forced to shut following a fire in a neighbouring
premise in 2008 but when The Artichoke reopened 18 months later it quickly
got back to form. Positioned in the market square of the lovely town the
Grade 2 listed building retains many of the original features. Chef Laurie’s
cooking shows bags of ambition which is matched by his culinary skills.

Speaking about their award, Laurie Gear said, “Winning the AA Restaurant of
the Year for England lays testament to our commitment to provide one of the
best neighbourhood dining experience as well as a destination restaurant to
be proud of.”

Attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers, hospitality gurus and
key industry media, the AA Hospitality Awards are amongst the most
prestigious national awards of their kind and draw on the unrivalled
knowledge and expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry
professionals involved in the judging process. Winners are selected in
recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category, having
shown a significant improvement in the preceding 12 – 18 months and proving
their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest
and diner experiences.


The Artichoke Restaurant Celebrated 10 years in style

with Guest Chef Raymond Blanc OBE

Wednesday 31st October 2012

Images by Paul Winch-Furness

The Artichoke, Old Amersham was delighted to welcome their Grand Finale guest chef Raymond Blanc into the kitchen to cook alongside head chef Laurie Gear to celebrate the restaurant’s 10th Anniversary.

The atmosphere was alive as guests enjoyed a champagne reception with canapés while watching the chefs at the pass.

The bespoke six course tasting menu kicked off with one of Raymond’s most celebrated signature dishes; an appetiser of garden beetroot terrine; horseradish crème fraiche, followed by Laurie’s starter of Isle of Sky scallop, slow braised pork belly, cauliflower and cumin. Next came Raymond’s fish course of confit of salmon, dill cucumber, cauliflower; wasabi crème fraiche, then Laurie’s main course of squab pigeon, sweetcorn puree, black truffle, sprout leaf. Laurie’s pre-desert of goat’s milk mousse, sorrel sorbet freshened the pallet in preparation for Raymond’s final dish of the night; a dessert of exotic fruit ravioli, kaffir lime and coconut jus. Selected wines were carefully chosen by restaurant manager/sommelier Ludovic Cosson to complement the evening’s masterful dishes.

Throughout the six course meal both Raymond and Laurie spent time at each table chatting with guests and enjoying the buoyant atmosphere.

Raymond signed a copy of his new book ‘Kitchen Secrets’ for each couple to take home with compliments of the Artichoke.

The revelry continued way past the coffee and petits fours and into the early hours!