Chapter One Restaurant

“Intelligent modern European food” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
Staff well being checks on arrival; if required, disposable gloves and masks available; reduced menu; risk assessments from supplier required;

Our Inspector's view

Located on the busy road connecting the Kentish towns of Bromley and Orpington, chef-patron Andrew McLeish's upmarket Chapter One Restaurant has wide appeal. Whether you go for the relaxed brasserie and its covered terrace, or the more formal restaurant with its crisp linen tablecloths and vibrant gastronomic artwork, a meal here will live long in the memory. Now well established and ever popular with the locals, the ambience is friendly, with a well-drilled team in black waistcoats and aprons. You could go for the carte, or the wallet-friendly menu du jour, but either way McLeish strikes an inviting balance between assured modern European cooking and the desire to offer value. Classic techniques deliver finely tuned dishes, while seasonal ingredients from a network of high-end suppliers mean that the menus change all the time, depending on what’s best at the time and what arrives in the kitchen. A beautifully presented confit duck and foie gras terrine with prune purée, pickled shimeji, toasted macadamia nuts and warm brioche gets the tastebuds standing to attention. The richness of the terrine is countered by blobs of prune purée and pickled shimeji, as do crunchy toasted nuts and excellent brioche with caramelised onion layers. Main courses bring further evidence of intelligent flavour combinations via pan-fried halibut partnered with grilled celeriac, spring onions, sea-fresh cockles and chicken jus. The splendidly fresh tranche of halibut is perfectly timed, the slice of celeriac nicely seared and celeriac purée boasting a clear flavour. The dish is completed with sea fresh cockles, finely shredded lightly pickled spring onion, earthy wilted spinach and a rich chicken. Desserts continue the form with a perfectly risen mango and passionfruit soufflé with a surprise base of spiced pineapple compôte and a sharp pineapple sorbet completing the hot/cold contrast.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Chapter One Restaurant
Farnborough Common,Locksbottom,BROMLEY,BR6 8NF
Phone : 01689 854848


  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 2–4 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 160
  • Wines by the glass: 24
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

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