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Chapter One

Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
+44 1689 854848
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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18:30 - 22:30All hours
French, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went for lunch in the restaurant 3 courses all delicous. The Crewe brûlée was the best one I have ever had with the strawberry cream and strawberries on top it was a knock out. Have been several times always great. The service is exceptional.

Thank bigmal511
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday evening, four of us to celebrate my fathers birthday. The food could not be faulted but service throughout the evening from all Waiters was very sloppy and certainly lacked any kind of finesse you would expect from a fine dining...More

Thank Juliettes1982
Chapters_Restaurants, Front Office Manager at Chapter One, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is a valuable training tool and essential to our improvement. At Chapter One we strive to provide the ultimate dining experience to all of our guests. I am therefore concerned to learn that we did not deliver on...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

There were 15 of us celebrating a birthday. Ambiance is very good as was the service. Had to send my steak back as it was not cooked to my liking, but I suppose restaurants of this caliber do not like to cook steaks 'medium-well;. Other...More

Thank Terry H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Food was great service excellent did not have to wait long between courses. Portions were very good.

Thank nickycmingo
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to Chapter One for our 41st Wedding Anniversary. Fabulous meal...Best steak ever! Lovely desert. Excellent service.The staff were friendly but unobtrusive. We will definitely return!

Thank brow935
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here recently as a birthday meal surprise, and the food was lovely. Beautifully presented and wonderful flavours. We had an option of a tasting menu or the main menu, and on the main menu it was only £35(ish) each for 3 courses (4 courses...More

Thank jade n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to Chapter One to celebrate my birthday with my wife. Overall the dining experience was comparable to a high end London restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive, the decoration was tasteful and modern, and the food was expertly well...More

Thank Darren E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A disappointing meal as we had hoped the standard of service would have improved since our previous visit. Then, on arriving on a busy Saturday evening for the second sitting, we were asked to wait in the Pub opposite as the restaurant was running late!...More

2  Thank Suzi T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and wine. Superb service by the staff. Paula, who has been here for many years, provides a warm welcome. The restaurant and Andrew deserve their Mitchelin star. Long may it continue.

Thank Adrian W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chapter one seems to be going downhill. The food is still well executed but the menu is very boring and dated, the service is friendly but sloppy and slow, the toilets were filthy. Its easy to see why they lost the Michelin star and a...More

4  Thank Dan S
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27 October 2016|
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Response from bobgentfood | Reviewed this property |
My husband wore jeans and a shirt... hope this helps
Helen A
Why is the loyalty programme such a farce. Two times I have actually been there on my actual birthday, in addition to at least eight other times for various lunches and dinners this past twelve months alone, and in spite of the restaurant publicly stating their gifted treats for loyal regular members, especially on their birthdays, we have had just one glass of FLAT prosecco, hardly enticing to say the least. On the second visit for my birthday I pointed this out to the manager, Simon I think his name was, and he said he would ensure I got spoilt the next time. Hmmm obviously that didn't happen! I am really not desperate for freebies, but please don't promote an empty promise and don't take take your loyal customers for granted. Why does this happen in a four rosette establishment? I think that all these questions need to be answered please.
4 May 2016|
Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
I cannot answer it as myself and my wife have said exactly the same thing. Also as 'regulars' I never receive any 'deals' yet my sister who only went once is often being enticed with special promotions via email. Also pretty... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
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18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Orpington
  • Phone Number: +44 1689 854848
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Behind the charming Tudor exterior is a bright, modern restaurant with top notch modern European cuisine. Chapter One has gained enthusiastic reviews from many major restaurant critics and happy plaudits from satisfied diners. Not to mention that it won AA restaurant of the year 2004 and comes along with four AA rosettes. The dining room is relaxed, spacious and comfortable, and the cooking superb. Start with something inventive, like homemade roast gnocchi with braised chestnut, pumpkin and lobster. Then do try the braised oxtail with pancetta bacon and parsnip puree - everyone raves about it. The wine list shows much care and attention too. You will leave feeling well-fed and well cared-for.
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