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Chapter One

Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, BROMLEY, BR6 8NF

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Locksbottom's finest is to be found at the busy intersection of two A-roads a few miles from junction 4 of the M25. If that sounds a bit hurly-burly, rest assured that the accessibility of the place works greatly in its favour. The tone is stylish, refined, with dark floorboards and smartly dressed tables, a feature wall upholstered in red silk and prints of food pictures in abundance. Andrew McLeish has always pitched his menus democratically, both for pricing and with a sense of what people want to eat. There is a strong classical base to what he does, reaching back to established standards of culinary excellence in flavour and presentation, and incorporating modern ideas to fit those foundations. Seafood cookery is exemplary, both in a starter of mussel, squid and chorizo risotto with parmesan and crème fraîche, tending to the richer end of the spectrum, and in main course roast hake, its white flesh shining translucently, with gnocchi, girolles and samphire, gently deepened with a purée of smoked celeriac. Prime meats might encompass haunch of sika venison, or Josper-grilled American rib-eye, but also a poached and roasted breast of guinea fowl with truffled gnocchi and leeks in an expressive gamey jus. Copiously detailed desserts might produce caramelised lemon tart amid an array of blackberry sorbet, orange sherbet, lemon and blackberry gel and candied lemon, or hot Valrhona fondant with chocolate soil, orange gel and cardamom ice cream. The Brasserie offers simpler but equally well-executed dishes such as apple, blue cheese and walnut salad, lamb tagine with rose-petal harissa, and crème brûlée.

Further information

Tel: 01689 854848
Please quote 'The AA'.
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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

Sunday lunch: £24.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Chapter One, Bromley
  • Chapter One, Bromley
  • 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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