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Chapter One

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Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
+44 1689 854848
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 18:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
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112 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good restaurant, the food is very good and service is excellent. Reasonable price too specifically the three course lunch menu. Nice atmosphere and always busy, in all highly recommended.

Thank Trevor M
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to Chapter One on many occasions and have always enjoyed the food and the special experience of fine dining. However we ate there yesterday and although the food was still lovely the service was not great. We waited for almost thirty minutes for our order to be taken and for us to get a drink. I noticed... More 

Thank RoamingRosie
TOUILLON, Burgundy
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For us to dine out of an evening many miles from home, it takes somewhere exceptional. Chapter One is it! The tasting menu had just changed from that which was available when we booked. Nonetheless we dined extremely well with the taste and presentation of each course being perfect. The pace of the meal was just right as were the... More 

Bromley, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As fans of Chapter One we were happy to take advantage of the recent Groupon lunch offer. We visit on a fairly regular basis (every 6 to 8 weeks) and the food was, as we expected good. Sadly the whole experience was marred by the actions of one waiter. I was given both the set menu and a la carte... More 

4 Thank 784dianeh
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked our table for two 26 November 2016 after we had eaten our anniversary dinner back in September. Booked at the main reception desk I was asked was it an occasion 'it was my Birthday' happy that I had secured a table for two at 7, I was thoroughly looking forward to our visit. We arrived at 6.50 duly... More 

5 Thank chester132015
Northfleet, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we visited for a 80th birthday and was met at the door by Paula who was most efficient and appeared to be a major factor in the efficient service by all the staff who were all attentitive without being obtrusive. The menu was inviting and the food was very good the cost not excessive. Well worth a visit in good... More 

1 Thank George O
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to Chapter 1 a number of times. The food is absolutely delicious, it always is but.... I haven't been for a while and this chefs choices were superb and so tasty. Service is always good but can be a little intimidating-this time not so. Food served beautifully. This particular offer of champagne, 3 courses and tea or coffee... More 

1 Thank Cindy_pickhurst
Croydon, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here for Sunday lunch at 2.30 on 20th November. Restaurant was very busy and sadly this definitely effected the service we received. It took a long time to order our food and wine, but once we had done so the food came quickly. Sadly our wine never came at all! By the time our mains arrived we asked about... More 

2 Thank Laurence1985
Kent, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was a little nervous about going to lunch here as never been before ( have been to a private function, which was superb) I was worried it was going to be a bit pretentious and would feel out of place!! I was so wrong to be nervous, from the minute we walked through door we were made so welcome. The... More 

Thank Lordfred195
Bromley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly lovely, special restaurant of Michelin star quality - and it's local - how fantastic! And it doesn't have the Michelin star prices of a London restaurant but still people complain that it's too expensive - it's really not. Not for the quality, the service, the ambience, the amazing food, the fabulous wine list, the attentive staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 82
French, European, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
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 - 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?