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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have never dined out on Christmas Day before and this year decided to take the family out. We chose Chapter One as have visited it previously and the food is always of a high standard. We were not disappointed. Great food and impeccable service made the whole experience throughly enjoyable. A lovely starter, a nice choice of mains but... More 

Thank Sammygal66
Swanley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a birthday lunch for a member of the family. The restaurant is very smart and very well staffed, to the extent that they seemed to almost get into each others way whilst wandering around in circles. There seemed to be a lot of supervisory types but not much supervision. The food was well prepared and tasty, reasonable portions, not... More 

Thank John M
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We popped in here for an impromptu lunch a few days ago as we hadn't been for a while and have to say that we had a very good meal. We ate à la carte but there is a prix fixe lunch menu that looked good. We have had a few less good times here when service has been an... More 

Thank J D
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Attended on a cold January with friends. We had A drink in the pub across the road before and ate about 8.30 Food and service were on top form. I had the hare Wellington and friends all had the venison both were outstanding.

Thank cb512016
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I dined here early December with friends picking the festive menu. I ordered the beetroot cured salmon when it came I could not find any salmon in the dish. I asked the waiter where the salmon was & his reply was o dear its not there. No apology, nothing, I then thought he had gone to replace the starter but... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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
US$ 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?