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Chapter One

Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, BROMLEY, BR6 8NF

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To prove that central London is not the be all and end all of dining within the M25, step forward Chapter One. And when it comes to culinary luminaries working within striking distance of the bright lights, but pointedly away from the hubbub, no one shines brighter than Andrew McLeish. It all takes place in a rather unassuming landscape, but once you're through the contemporary entranceway, it starts to make sense. The Tudor house has been made over with a good deal of style and there's plenty of on-site parking if you're concerned about the practical stuff. The decor meets contemporary expectations when it comes to its colour palette (neutral tones of coffee and cream) and its level of refinement (tables dressed to impress), and it's all watched over by a professional service team. It must be considered very good value, too, for the pricing is considerably below what you'd pay for similar quality food a few miles to the north west, and the Menu du Jour (available at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday), is an absolute bargain. Expect beautifully crafted dishes that have at their heart superb ingredients, with lots of creative touches and finely tuned flavours. A starter of quail Kiev, for example, is a delightful plate, with the bird's roasted leg, herb mayonnaise, dandelion leaf and gruyère, while another first course combines a fricassée of wild rabbit with roast gnocchi and butternut purée. The craft and creativity continues into main courses such as poached Loch Duart salmon, partnered with an étuvée of leeks, baby artichokes and vanilla mayonnaise, and another that consists of poached and roasted haunch of venison (from Chart Farm) with confit shoulder and a shallot tarte Tatin. If you're in the mood for something comfortingly direct and to the point, the Josper grill works its magic on USDA prime rib-eye served with twice-cooked chunky chips and béarnaise sauce. The quality is maintained when it gets to dessert stage, where baked lemon tart with blood orange sorbet and orange sherbet, or hot Valrhona chocolate fondant with chocolate soil and griottines cherries await. Like everything else at Chapter One, the wine list has been put together with care and attention, with the bottles visible behind tempered glass, where temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure they reach you in tip-top condition.

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Tel: 01689 854848
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Dates closed: 2-4 Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Andrew McLeish
Number of seats: 120
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £19.95
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £17.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
Chapter One, Bromley

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On A21, 3m from Bromley. From M25 junct 4 onto A21 for 5m
Nearest station: Orpington

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