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Chapter One

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Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
+44 1689 854848
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 23:30
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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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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the restaurant at Christmas time and the restaurant was very very busy, the service was quite slow and I had to try and get the waiters attention every time we needed something, now to be fair, it was busy due to the season so I can totally understand that. My wife ordered a cocktail and she didn't like... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been going to Chapter One for years and have always rated it highly. In fact i would say its our favorite restaurant or was. Over the past year there has been a lot of staff changes and its lost the touch of class that it had before. The food is ok but used to be fantastic. The creative... More 

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had lunch with there today, food and service excellent as always. Lovely restuarant, great venue for any occassion!

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Thank Susie402
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A top notch venue with superb attentive staff and a relaxed yet smart ambience. The food was sublime and definitely great value. There is an excellent selection of wines and a thoughtful sommelier who can advise if you need assistance. We will definitely be going again. An extra special and unexpected touch was when I happened to mention that it... More 

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Thank Fliss41
London
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Top class restaurant. Why travel to London when you have an restaurant like this on your doorstep. I would give it 5 stars out of 5 stars across the board.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the Valentine set menu. The lobster risotto was super as was the guinea fowl. The deserts were wonderful. Service was excellent. Would recommend and we will be back.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has fallen dramatically from grace since our last visit. Whilst the waitress was delightful and made us feel very welcome and on the whole accommodated she failed to ask if we wanted any drinks which I imagine is a sorely missed profit opportunity for the restaurant. Getting our order taken took a little longer than usual and as... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Chapter One on several occasions, it quite a distance from where I live but I have always found it to be very good, sadly this Valentines Day was very different. I booked about 10 days in advance and was offered a table for two at 9.15 The table was in the bar area to the right... More 

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Chapters_Restaurants, Restaurant Manager at Chapter One, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is a valuable training tool and essential to our improvement. At Chapter One we strive to provide the ultimate dining experience to all of our guests. I am therefore concerned to learn that we did not deliver on this occasion. I would like to investigate this matter further. Please contact Paula on paula@chapteronerestaurant.co.uk... More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is classy place to eat. Great menu and well cooked and presented dishes. Well turned out staff, polite and respectful.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came for Sunday lunch, restaurant was very busy and we felt that we were being rushed along and no time to sit and enjoy each course. I know they ask for tables to be returned within 2.5 hours but they made us feel like we should hurry. The courses came too quickly and we were asked if we would have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$82
Cuisine
French, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 23:30
Saturday
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
Description
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?