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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Enterprising chef-patron balancing quality and value

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Locksbottom may feel nothing like London, Greater or otherwise, but that is one of its undoubted attractions. Situated snugly on the suburban cusp of Kent, it's home to Andrew McLeish's relaxing venue, where crisply linened tables and gastronomic prints set a refined tone. McLeish worked his way through the crème de la London crème in years gone by, steering a course from Nico Ladenis' Park Lane flagship to the Ritz and Landmark hotels, before settling in these less plutocratic environs to do his own thing. Less glitz often means a gentler outlay, and McLeish has struck a nigh-perfect balance here between assured contemporary cooking with plenty of surprises and the pressing need to offer value. The main dining room is supplemented by a more informal Brasserie for lunchtime fare such as bouillabaisse, fish and chips, and braised beef cheek, with charcoal-grilled steaks and chops to boot. At the centre of operations, the tasting menu offers a tour of the territory in six enterprising stages, but choice on the main carte is extensive enough. Traditional potato gnocchi come with lobster, chestnuts and tarragon for a luxurious opener, among a welter of seafood options, while main courses run to the richly meaty roast red-leg partridge with choucroute, pancetta and liver parfait, as well as cod brandade in mussel butter with a poached egg. There is a deep understanding of combinations throughout, with nothing feeling forced, and desserts too play their part with enlivening compositions such as pumpkin tart with honey-roast granola and cinnamon ice cream, or cardamom pannacotta vividly offset by blood-orange.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2–4 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Andrew McLeish

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 65
  • Wines over £30: 153
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £22.95
  • 2-course dinner from: £34.95
  • 3-course dinner from: £39.95
  • Tasting menu from: £55
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 55
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On A21, 3 miles from Bromley. From M25 junction 4 onto A21 for 5 miles.

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