Laurie Gear

Laurie Gear’s restaurant Artichoke isn’t just one of the most innovative kitchens in the Greater London area, it’s also one of the most resilient.

While Artichoke’s kitchen and upstairs were being refurbished after being lost in a fire in 2008, Gear didn’t sit still. He worked at Copenhagen’s legendary restaurant NOMA, then returned to forage his ingredients, as he had as a child growing up in Dorset.

Now a Michelin Rising Star and the Good Food Guide’s 2011 pick for Best New Entry, Artichoke has expanded to take over the next-door building, where the fire started in the first place.

Says the Good Food Guide of the menu at Artichoke: ‘Intricacy never gets out of hand and every detail makes sense; flavours have room to breathe and cohesive natural empathy is key.’ And the Mobile Food Guide says that Gear ‘has taken his French inspiration and once again applied his unique culinary talents to create dishes which are both innovative and elegant.’

Gear and his wife Jacqueline get many of their ingredients foraging in their backyard and even occasionally from their customers, so British treats form the backbone of Artichoke’s cosmopolitan food.

Gear is also fond of unexpected textures, and pays careful attention to the balance of smooth and rough, softness and crunch – he even recently added a crispy preparation of snails to his menu.



The Michelin Guide
Michelin Rising Star 2011

The AA
Two AA rosettes

Daily Mail
Local Legend award

Good Food Guide 2012

Good Food Guide 2013
Ranked 35th in the Top 50 UK Restaurants


Artichoke Artichoke is going through an ever-increasing period of expansion and increased profile. The food is of such high quality that The Independent once urged its readers to get a table by any means necessary (including moving to the area!) before it became impossible to book a space.

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