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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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French, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Farnborough Common | Locksbottom, Kent, Orpington BR6 8NF, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited here with three friends for lunch. We were not disappointed. We were welcomed by the staff who quickly showed us to our table. Two us ordered the fish and the other two ordered the beef.The silver mullet and beef dishes were delicious,as were...More

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Second visit to this restaurant in as many years for a family birthday celebration. Great food and service overall, ordered some predrinks at the bar. Two beers, a cocktail and glass of wine came to over £24, asked the bar man to clarify by showing...More

1  Thank DrandMrsRoper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a loyal customer for C1 for many years. Recently I had a dining experience which was not very great (prices confusion and reservation notes were not passed on). I wrote 5 emails (!!) to C1 with reply that operational manager Paula will contact...More

6  Thank Vic2606
Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb place to have lunch! Very friendly and professional staff. Only one comment. There chairs are getting beyond the sell by date! Uncomfortable!

1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here a couple of years ago and were taken back to the restaurant again by some friends. The food is very good overall but on our second visit it all seems rather soulless with little or no atmosphere in the restaurant and staff...More

Thank stonellas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party gathered for a joint 6oth birthday lunch and it was one of the most delightful dining experiences I have had. Efficient but not pretentious and the set lunch was exceptional value & beautifully presented & served. I would like to compliment all the...More

Thank Popsicle57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent service from the minute we arrived. Food was excellent, we had booked the special summer menu and although some of the options had run out equally delicious options were available. The Birthday cupcake was a lovely touch and was delicious. Our party of five...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saturday evening my family and the parents of my daughters new fiancé dined at Chapter One along with the happy couple Alex and Emma. The meal was outstanding and the service was excellent. The menu is exceptional and complimented by an extensive wine list made...More

Thank Mel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always get a good meal here. Dishes are always very well executed and presented. The main issues here, are that the menu never varies, (apart from specials), the supplement of £14.00 for rib eye steak is excessive and the staff, (while being highly courteous...More

Thank tessie1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Why choose Chapter One ? There are three easy answers . A starter of treacle cured Scottish salmon , followed by pan fried turbot and a dessert of apple cake , vanilla ice cream and caramelised apple. In addition , the service was excellent despite...More

1  Thank Barebum60
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28 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.
5 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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
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18:30 - 22:30
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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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