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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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Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I went to Chapter 1 for lunch. The service was second to none. Attentive without being overpowering. We had the menu of the day. Carrot and Cumin soup was simply delicious. Fish was amazing and the peanut and raspberry dessert fantastic. I...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 3 days ago

8 of us dined here last night. The service was excellent, the food out of this world. Treacle salmon-superb, as was the turbot and the chocolate fondant for dessert left me speechless. All of my friends were of a like mind. Our topic of conversation...More

Thank MaggieL41
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have visited a few times for a meal with friends and each time have had impeccable service and the food has been wonderful. Would not hesitate to visit again. Keep up the good work all.

1  Thank yvonne23smith
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were a big group and were given our own private dining room, which was nice. The whole group (we were 18) was served by one, extremely efficient, polite and professional waiter. We were amazed by his quickness and professionalism. We had a three course...More

Thank SusaMasa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to Chapter One for many years and we have never been disappointed. That is why I was happy when my husband had booked us a table at this restaurant, for my birthday. We started off with some champagne in the bar...More

Thank C K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food as always was excellent. Sadly Service was lacking. We waited 40 minutes to order. Staff were distracted and lacked warmth. Disappointed as we have been here numerous times and had much better experiences. I was personally disappointed as this was for my husband Birthday....More

2  Thank Penny M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It seems to have developed into an annual tradition to have a meal here for my daughter's birthday on or around the 3rd of September. We decided on Sunday lunch this time & as ever were not disappointed. The food was the usual superb quality...More

Thank curlyshirley2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I go with my sister as it's her 50 birhday present . The service was very slow 2 hours bef ore got served . My brother in law got a good discount and free bottles wine. No good experience.More

Thank nge_13
Chapters_Restaurants, Front Office Manager at Chapter One, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is valued by us and we use it as an important training tool but we are a little concerned as we have no record of such issues taking place. We would like therefore like to investigate these points...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't often review restaurants twice, but here I make an exception. It's about a year since I last dined at Chapter One and my wife and I have booked in for a grouse tasting menu to celebrate our joint birthdays. However, after booking we...More

Thank MIKE F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended chapter one last night with family. We had a wonderful evening. We found the service to be second to none. Our waitress was very professional, friendly and accommodating. Having been to chapter one a number of time's, of late we had noticed a...More

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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 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
US$ 82
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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 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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