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Chapter One

Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington, Bromley BR6 8NF, England
+44 1689 854848
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pigs head” (25 reviews)
“venison” (53 reviews)
“bread” (75 reviews)
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18:30 - 22:30 Hours
French, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington, Bromley BR6 8NF, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I had lunch at Chapter One today. I have nothing but praise for their accomplishment. The food and service was simply exceptional. I will visit again soon.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank johnerian
Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful meal. Top quality food and excellent, friendly and attentive service. Most people dressed up, but many not and very relaxed. Expensive though.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank johnbR4164TU
Reviewed 4 days ago

We celebrated our wedding anniversary service excellent brilliant menu an absolute must we will definitely be returning

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank paulagX7797WP
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great service , staff and food.Alllocal produce and suitable for a morning coffee or a full evening meal

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Melsuperola
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us booked a table in the morning of a Tuesday. Got a table for 7pm, very accommodating. We arrived on time seeing all nice decor. We ordered 4 course Christmas meal (£29) and Food and service are impeccable. Worth mentioning the vegetarian dish,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank 629jennyg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the start, waiters appeared to be too busy with their own amusing asides throughout our meal to consider whether the paying guest was happy. When we were presented with the food there was a cursory description so quick and off-the-cuff with apparently no interest...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank jasadler44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've seen previous comments regarding the LBB hygiene rating, and understanding food hygiene rating criteria ver thoroughly, I understand it's not all about cleanliness. It's about staff training, food prep and storage as well as traceability of fresh meats and produce. I don't know where...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Helen A
chapteronekent, Owner at Chapter One, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guest, Many thanks for your support. I am very pleased to inform you that we have got our 5 star rating back. Best wishes,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time we have visited since a change of ownership and standards have not slipped. My pigeon and fois gras terrine to start was excellent and my main of venison melted in the mouth. The chocolate brownie desert topped off an excellent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
22  Thank lebonlifestyle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live locally and have never been here before. Celebrated my partner's birthday. Fantastic breads, fantastic and beautifully presented food. Truffles are given at the end of the meal, and they even brought a little cake with a candle on it for my partner, even...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we lunched with friends at Chapter One. This is not our first visit. The service is always excellent. The food was absolutely gorgeous, beautifully presented and so delicious! Our waiters were attentive but not intrusive. This is our all time favourite restaurant! Thank you...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Patty-perfection
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21 November 2018|
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Response from BuonBoccone81 | Reviewed this property |
I heard it was something very pedantic. They served burgers less than well-done on request, a lack of hot water for just 10minutes, and there was some administrative error in their documentation. Nothing wrong on hygiene or... More
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 625JohnR | 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
US$21 - US$69
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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, Bromley BR6 8NF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Bromley  >  Orpington
  • Phone Number: +44 1689 854848
  • E-mail
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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