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Chapter One

Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
+44 1689 854848
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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French, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We used to use this restaurant years ago, when it was called the Fan Tail, and again when it was Chapter One, my last visit a good few years back is best forgotten. A friend suggested we gave it another try, as it is now...More

Thank Spanielowner2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quality cuisine once again from Chapter One. Good for a large group in the private dining area upstairs. Always a safe bet in the area.

Thank Beauhawk
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my second visit in 8 weeks. Last time we had lunch. I wanted to try it for dinner with family. As before we all had an excellent from walking into the restaurant until we left. Staff are friendly, attentive without being intrusive and...More

1  Thank mumsoutagain
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated my birthday with friends. Amazing experience from beginning to end with a home made delicious birthday cup cake to wrap up the evening. Traditional jugged hare was out of this world followed by locally sourced Chart Farm Version cooked to perfection. Finally Coffee and...More

1  Thank archerlegend
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service with well presented food a enjoyable experience. We have been coming to Chapter One for many many years and we are never disappointed.

Thank X2083MRjamesw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was well cooked and presented but very small portions. The restaurant was somewhat in a slight time warp with décor and nouvelle cuisine. Only three other tables taken on a Thursday evening which was surprising. The service was good but the time between...More

1  Thank MikeAustin67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A whim booking to treat myself after a bad morning, I arrived to a very full car park. Went in and greeted well, taken straight to my table. Chose the a la Carte and ended up having two salmon dishes. The smoked salmon was very...More

Thank Hoppityskip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ten of us had a fantastic evening at Chapter One. The Cosmopolitans in the bar were excellent. Our oval shaped table was perfect for socialising over dinner. The beetroot and goats cheese curd was divine - so light but packed with flavour. The Turbot for...More

Thank GreenySevenoaks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I came to Chapter One for dinner in October 2017, and had a great time. A great, relaxing atmosphere and great staff, and of course, great food - which is to be expected at this price range, but nevertheless a very good...More

Thank ChromeofLondon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family celebration at chapter one, from the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty! On our first visit! The staff we so attentive and the service was so professional. We had our 1 year old boy and he was catered for...More

Thank Diane V
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28 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.
5 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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 74
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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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