Chapter One

Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Chapter One

Silver Award

Keen out-of-town prices combined with pleasingly elegant decor, capable service and clever cooking make Chapter One well worth a drive down the A21. Chef/patron Andrew McLeish fashions all-manner of worldly-wise dishes from top-drawer materials and the result is vivacious Michelin-starred food with a high degree of culinary technique. The kitchen deals in exquisite plates loaded with big, bold flavours: starters of braised veal tongue with pickled shallots and sauce gribiche or mackerel rillettes with scorched cucumber, Greek yoghurt, horseradish and mustard ‘frill’ might give way to crispy cod brandade with poached egg, braised oxtail with salt-baked celeriac or Josper-grilled Ibérico pork shoulder and braised cheek with roasted carrots and roscoff onion. “McLeish also uses venison he has personally culled”, says one who knows. The bread is “to die for”, while appealing puds might include milk chocolate and praline mousse with hazelnut cream and raspberry sorbet. With “first-class service” and sommeliers on hand to help with food-matching selections from the extensive and “fairly priced” wine list, Chapter One is “great every time”.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Food Hygiene Rating


Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent, BR6 8NF

01689 854848


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:30-22:30
Tue 18:30-22:30
Wed 18:30-22:30
Thu 18:30-22:30
Fri 18:30-23:30
Sat 18:30-23:30
Sun 18:30-21:00


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30 Reviews 


06 August 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Birthday meal

What a wonderful night great food ,brilliant waiter called Harry and  good value for money . 

A lovely way to spend a evening celebrating my daughters 21st and dad's 60th birthday


06 October 2019  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 0.5
Over fussy expensive and cold

this was one of the worst meals I can remember. The food was cold and had to be sent back. The presentation was over fussy and poor. Clearly a chef without a clue of what works. The flavours were poor to non existent and bland . The biggest rip off is if you want a steak it’s £10 supplement over the set price, ok I get that. But it comes with nothing not even a garnish just a lump of meat in its own in a plate. If you want and vegetables or potatoes it’s £4 a portion for each. Unbelievable.

if you want to go somewhere there are many better places to go for what you pay.  


06 August 2019  
Continues to be excellent.

Lynn O

28 June 2019  
New decor very nice. Food as always wonderful, service always really good. Regular visitor and no reason to change.

Rustam D

28 June 2019  
Quality food with great service -attentive without being a nuisance.

Darren D

01 April 2019  
Amazing food and service.


29 March 2019  
The food is sublime! Always cooked to perfection. It is so nice to have somewhere local where you can dress up to go out and eat. I love the dã©cor, the quiet friendly professionalism of the waiters/waitresses and also the fact that although it is not 'cheap', it is certainly worth every penny! Its like having a Central London eatery on my doorstep!

Clive B

24 April 2018  
Quality service, food impeccable in a lovely location.

Darren D

27 March 2018  
The most consistently amazing cooking in London by some distance. Always such a fun place to visit. No airs and graces, great cooking and fun place to eat!

John M

21 March 2018  
Went there after a long time. The dishes on the menu were exquisite. Good decor and inspire of full restaurant service was good. Full restaurant always makes a good ambience. Value was good as the portions were large enough to be shred between two.
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