Chapter One

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Modern European
Chapter One is an award-winning Modern European restaurant with 3 AA Rosettes in Orpington, Kent. Following a major refurbishment in early 2019, Chapter One has relaunched with a more modern approach, tempting guests with greater variety and quality.

Under the direction of acclaimed chef Andrew McLeish, modern European cooking is available in two formats. In the Restaurant, sophisticated seasonal dishes are served in a refined setting with a weekly changing 3-course Lunch Menu du Jour, a seasonally-inspired 7-course Tasting Menu and an a la carte option. In the more informal Brasserie, a selection of favourites are cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients. The drinks offering is as exciting with an AA Notable Wine List, premium spirits, and cocktails. There is also a private dining room for corporate and private occasions.
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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VL
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chapter One continues to be outstanding on every level. The cusine is superb, we ate jugged hare and fish pate to start, followed by pork and vension. We finished with two different chocolate desserts. The service is courteous and attentive without being obtrusive in any way. A fantastic restaurant which treats every customer as a VIP. Great value for money in view of the top notch qaulity. We can't wait to go back.

AM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately food was served cold, when it returned was warmer but not as hot as it could be! Not upto chapter ones usual standards.

KD
London
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent range of food served in fine surroundings, by friendly knowledgeable staff.

FS
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, service & food but portions on the small size. Increase the portion size & it would be 5 star.

KE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

I felt out lunch was rushed a little.
I also mentioned a celebration was taking place and we didn’t receive a gesture , which is unusual.

Also I didn’t receive many vegetables with my roast beef .

Kind regards

K
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Sunday Lunch was not suitable for vegetarians, one choice and when asked if there was an alternative was told that there was no alternatives. This put a damper on a family lunch. The food was very good apart from the vegetarian choice which was poor both in size and taste. Service was excellent apart from not being able to offer a choice of food.

ES
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, lovely menu and food delicious. Mouthwatering desserts as normal!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

We’ve been coming to Chapters for years and regarded it as one of our favourite if not our best restaurant.
Unfortunately this time it was quite disappointing. It appears that there has been some updates with the decor and lighting which to me completely changed the ambience from the original moody sophisticated feel to bright bistro!
The menu is an acquired taste but we’ve never had problems in the past but this time struggled to make choices.
It’s not cheap so you’d expect not to be sat up against a wall with a crack running along the side of you! Attention to details Is key in ensuring people will return and unfortunately for us we won’t unless it goes back to how it was.
Such a shame.

KT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent as anticipated from its reputation. The food was delicious and service excellent. Not the cheapest place but its not the sort of place to go to if your looking for that. Good sized portions and not outrageously expensive.

I went for lunch and it was a bit bright so didn’t feel particularly cosy or relaxed but I guess that’s pretty normal. I
Imagine its better for dinner with the lights down a bit.

KB
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambience, great service, a very enjoyable experience.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

10 year wedding anniversary and it was lovely. Only slight downside was the resturant appeared to attract groups more than couples and so it was a little louder than expected. However that did mean we could have very private conversations without anyone eaves dropping! Heartily recommend you anyone, plus they catered very well for my dear wife’s dietary needs.

d
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely evening, friendly service and great food. Would definitely recommend.

s
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good experience. The only complaint that I have is that we were kept waiting for quite some time before our order was taken - and even then we had to catch a waiter's eye to tell him that we were ready to order.
Apart from that, it was really excellent.

J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

No, for the money we paid for the meal we were not impressed. My first was served in a water glass ! so I really had no idea what I was eating. Second course of venison was cooked well but uninspiring in presentation and the dessert was ordinary. The weekend before we ate at the Oxo Tower, paid roughly the same amount where the quality of the food and the presentation was superb.

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable with the extra touch from the waiter, very polite helpful and attentive at all times even though he was looking after several tables
Very impressed with food

LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb!! This place has completely turned itself around. Previously the food has always been excellent but the service appalling!! Now every aspect of this place has risen to where it used to be & how it should be!! Long may this continue.

p
London
52 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant lunch, restaurant not too busy
Good food with excellent service

JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff very informative and helpful. I’m gluten-free, but they take great cate with what you’re served.
Will definitely go again

RP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always brilliant in every way!

B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

As always an excellent Sunday lunch, great value. Just a shame that lately more and more small children are in the restaurant who sometimes seem to be wondering around

SF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was sublime, with attentive staff in a beautiful setting

CM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very special place to celebrate an occasion. Excellent food and attentive service. For me it is quite traditional, not a huge choice for vegetarians and ambience more suited for groups rather than couples. But lovely food and drinks and it is a very reasonable, quality restaurant.

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

An excellent meal as always. Nice to see seasonal tweaks to the menu. Go for the jugged hare starter. Not what you would expect. The venison was cooked to perfection. Service was friendly and efficient in a very busy dining room.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. Such a treat. We went as a family for my brother in laws engagement. Will definitely return.

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was top quality and a real treat. We were celebrating our 50th birthdays and were both given a little cake with our own candle. It was a lovely lunch. Can't recommend highly enough. Wonderful restaurant

SH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming here for years through a few ups and downs and its definitely back on the up. The staff are excellent again and the food is close to the best it's been. Good to see Jugged hare in the menu - delicious!
The new bar and brasserie area with the covered outside space looks like it will be a cunning addition - looking forward to that being completed.

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a lovely place for lunch or dinner with a great seasonal menu and also lovely staff - the Old Fashioned are great too

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, with many delicious dishes. Service was fantastic, staff attentive in a subtle way. Nothing was too much trouble.

It was a special occasion and I couldn't think of anywhere I would rather dine.

Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is looking for a perfect dining experience!

Will visit again when we have another celebration.

MB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our birthday 70 & 66 (we share the same day) The staff were very attentive and made us feel extra special. Couldn’t ask for more. Thank you all on duty that afternoon.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic....

SG
London
28 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sunday set menu was excellent, as ever. Always a bit special.

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Too noisy, food was pretty average.

One of my guest had a dessert dish that had solid frozen pieces of cake in it. I asked the waiter to speak to the chef about it and only got a response when I questioned him again about it. He said the chef did plan to change the dish. But he may if he received dentistry bills for broken teeth.

For a restaurant that has been recently refurbished clearly no one had considered that diners might want to talk to other whilst have lunch.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Was nice but lacked flavour. Wine was lovely but service very slow

MH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great to have a restaurant like this in the area.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner birthday

HH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Immaculate service and amazing food. It was our friends birthday and the waiter suprised her with a song & a cake. Highly recommend Chapter One for a special occassion or just because you deserve it. Awesome

OT
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Had very pleasant experience here as a regular patron. The attentive service was good. The Ambience excellent.
The menu and food was very nicely presented and some notable improvements since my last visit.
The only thing not so good was that I could not get my usual aperitif in the bar. The drink I did have was very good anyway.
I like the way one is welcomed when one enters and it always results in a good evening out. I will go again.

G
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. Fantastic all round from service to food to ambiance and vibes. Had a great date. What a joy it was. Thank you too all staff both front and back for a A class dining experience.

LP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely restaurant, lacked a bit of ambiance very formal, I prefer a bit of noise and atmosphere. Food was very good but was quite rich so couldn’t eat it all. Service was very good.

w
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently high level service and excellent food presentation. Good ratio of staff to clients ensuring prompt attentive service. Chapter One never disappoints!