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Chapter One

Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, BROMLEY, BR6 8NF

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Located in an old Tudor house on a main road that links up with the M25 a few miles away, Chapter One is a world-class restaurant in the most unexpected of places, but it all makes perfect sense once you've crossed the threshold. Andrew McLeish has been executive chef since 2000 and has turned this little corner of suburban Kent into one of Greater London's premier dining destinations. The finish within is smart and stylish in the modern manner, which means lots of neutral shades of coffee and cream and tables set with precision. One of the stand-out features of Chapter One has been its relative value for money, with a three-course lunchtime menu du jour that is nothing short of a steal, and a tasting menu and à la carte that constitute remarkable value at this level. A new brasserie menu is served in a more relaxed setting, and offers the likes of USDA steaks cooked on the Josper grill. Service is consistently professional and charming. Expect pin-sharp contemporary dishes that look stunning on the plate and have their roots in classic European cooking. A risotto richly flavoured with morels and wild garlic is a classy first course, while another dish of yellowfin tuna shows a broader global inspiration with its accompanying wasabi mayonnaise and pickled shimeji mushrooms. Technical know-how and considered flavour combinations are also a feature of main courses. A Med-inspired pan-roasted Scottish salmon dish, for example, comes in the company of artichokes, olives and aubergines. The Josper grill is put to good use again, this time for Ibérico pork, which is partnered with tender braised cheek, smoked potato purée and a carrot and apple compôte. The desserts are equally creative and refined: peanut and chocolate tart, say, with banana sorbet and salted caramel, or another construction that reimagines rhubarb and custard. Sunday lunch is another bargain (you could spend more in a local pub), with air-hung sirloin of beef roasted just right and offered up with roasted potatoes, red cabbage and red wine jus. The wine list is exceedingly well put together, with the bottles tantalisingly visible from the bar and restaurant safely secured behind glass in their temperature and humidity controlled 'cellar'. Make use of the sommelier and chances are you'll drink something interesting from the list which is helpfully put together by style rather than geographical location.

Further information

Tel: 01689 854848
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Open/closed

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

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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