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Chapter One

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French, European, British, Contemporary
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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
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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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Croydon, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like many reviewers here we have been coming to Chapter One for many years, on and off, and have seen it in good times and not so good times. After some recent mixed feedback from friends it was with some trepidation that we had a foursome on a Saturday night. What were we worried about? Excellent food at reasonable prices... More 

Thank KathIan999
Orpington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have used Chapter one on a number of occasion, with friends. Not particularly my choice as there are so many good restaurants in the area without the undeserved price tag here. Staff are pleasant enough, if you do what they want you to!! Food is always well prepared and presented. but my lasting impression each time I use Chapter One.... More 

Thank roybush
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thought it was a lovely atmosphere and very nice dining room. The service wasn't great. By the time a waiter came to take our order, we still hadn't been asked if we wanted drinks. Menu was quite nice, but I've had just as good at other places. not sure it warrants all the hype. Saw a waiter hovering round a... More 

Thank Mags R
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here on Sunday for a family birthday. The food was excellent as always, good sized portions and great quality. The roast beef and red cabbage was particularly delicious. Everyone, including one vegetarian, thoroughly enjoyed the food. However, as other reviewers have already commented, the service was not perfect. We had to ask to order drinks as we seemed... More 

Thank travelseekerLondon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been here many times, recently for a Turkey cookery course where Andy showed us how to prepare and stuff a Turkey ready for Christmas,we both enjoyed this and enjoyed the meal after a traditional Christmas dinner. New years eve (our second one) was again excellent the food was top class and the service was also good (i never have... More 

Thank pgubby
Orpington, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely fresh tasty food served in a professional timely manner by friendly efficient people, even though they had worked until 2am the night before! Good choice of food on a reasonably priced set menu. One small thing to change would be not to have TWO fish dishes on a four dish MAINS menu, it would be lovely to see more... More 

Thank Helen A
Sidcup, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to Chapter One for many years - it is our special occasion choice as it has always delighted. We went on Christmas Eve for dinner with friends and while they enjoyed their meal, we were somewhat underwhelmed. The menu was somewhat unappealing and it was hard to make a choice. The meals were very attractive on... More 

Thank Kesser48
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Family late set menu Sunday lunch. Starters, mains - Beef cooked just right. - dessert all tasty. Only one complaint which just applied to me in that one of my roast potatoes had been deep fried. Quite why this was done is unknown. I would not expect it from a Michelin star restaurant. As we were there for a family... More 

Thank Lindan D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They know how to deliver fantastic food and service. I would highly recommend this to anyone for a social occasion or even a Sunday Lunch. A very special place and what it is even better is that you do not have to travel into London for the quality of food and service.

1 Thank PubGirlie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A real 5 star experience and definitely worth a visit. The food was exquisite and presented beautifully. The waiters were very friendly, attentive and professional. The only thing I would say is that the furniture could do with replacing as the chairs were very uncomfortable and rickety, although not for one minute did it distract me from the taste sensation... 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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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