Chapter One

4.6
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£26 to £40
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a lovely visit. Staff seemed a little subdued possibly due to current situation with coronavirus. However, the food was excellent as usual, the atmosphere very pleasant and the staff attentive. Lovely touch with little birthday cake with candle for my wife.

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Adrian
London
71 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

We have been going to Chapter One and always enjoyed the food and had a good experience. Last Saturday was my sons 30th and we booked a table of 4 for dinner. We weren’t offered bread till we asked for it after our starters were served. The starters were bland and my main chicken wellington was undercooked and sinewy. I sent this back and ordered a veggie replacement. By the time it had arrived the others had finished their dinner so was not ideal. We were not offered coffee and I mentioned this as we left but it was too late by then as our cab arrived. What has happened to our lovely Chapter One.

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Al123
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday meal
As always fantastic service ambience and food

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Misha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were having a small celebration and before we could even order bubbles, we got them from the house. Such a nice gesture! The food was great (my Herdwick lamb was incredible tender and tasty) and the wines as well - especially the very special white.

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RMHUK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going for the special Irish tasting menu was a great decision. Each course provided a surprise, which when tied with the matched wines, and the great service (thank you Tiby), made for a lovely evening.

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GeoffS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Having eaten at Chapter One on many occasions it fully met our expectations yet again.

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Beagle
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All fine. Only issue is that on checking the bill at home found an £8 charge for a pudding. None of us had a pudding! Still,as a percentage of a total approaching £250 for four people,it was hardly significant.

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visiting, food was delicious and service outstanding. Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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Harris
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday and everything about the food and service was great. Great value

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PennyH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food , but felt the courses were rushed so we didn’t really have an opportunity to relax in between courses. Which was a shame as it was a treat for our anniversary
But can’t fault the food and service

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JessicaJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so enjoyable and cant wait to return. The food and service is so high, its one of my favourite restaurants

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foodmaster
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the attentive and friendly service at Chapter One restaurant. And the staff were very patient and friendly with our two little boys. The food was tasty and well presented. Great drinks menu as well, large choice of both alcoholic and soft drinks. We would certainly come back.

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vipshelley
London
110 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food. Friendly quick service. A great evening as always

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JohnA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Normally I reckon if you can get two outstanding dishes out of a three-course meal you’re doing well. The three of us (eating eight different dishes) each loved everything we ate.

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vipMaxineJ
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is faultless. Steak and chips amazing. Gluten free rolls, best bread I’ve ever tasted.

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CaroleP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quite expensive but worth it. Fantastic
Service and food

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FrankB
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

1 hr for the starters to arrive. The waitress insisted on topping up our glasses after one sip. She must have thought i was joking when i told her to slow down on the pouring.

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David
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and drinks

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Vatic
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service first class. They also make the best cocktails in the area. Well worth a visit! (Or several)

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AnnB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food service and ambiance were very good. It is always a pleasure to meet friends in a restaurant where you can depend on a high standard.

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Norms77
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for a special meal out. Food was gorgeous, service was fantastic. It was incredibly quiet on the night we went. Imagine it is normally a bit more buzzy.
Really recommend!

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RahimN
London
26 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner with my Fiancée. Food was on point, service was fantastic and the ambience was fabulous. Highly recommended.

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vipCandyK
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I come here regularly and it never disappoints. The food is absolutely fantastic and the staff are all gems.

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MANDATE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There for an anniversary celebration lunch. The service was excellent without intrusion. The food was great The atmosphere and attention of the staff made it a special day in every way.

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Wombat
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Our family have been regular visitors to Chapter One for many years and through many changes . The food has always been wonderful and historically there was generally a warm welcome . We eat in both the restaurant and Brasserie .
The new physical improvements are stunning .The one variable from visit to visit seems to be the quality of service . Having dined in the Brasserie with our family on Christmas Eve and receiving the best of food and service , we brought our sister for a celebration lunch on Monday of this week . The food was delicious but the waiter was surly , unwelcoming and difficult to communicate with . I had the grilled fish but wasn’t advised that it came unaccompanied by vegetables . I didn’t make a fuss as the food had taken a while to be served and time was limited .
I used a voucher as part payment which my son bought for us as we do love Chapter One . I do have another but will wait a while before re booking .

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NicholasM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Haven’t been to Chapter One for years and I will certainly be returning soon. Food was lovely, the service faultless and it was excellent value for a three course Sunday roast. It is without doubt the best Sunday lunch locally.

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ToniaC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and welcome as always. Slick professional busy Sunday lunch service. We were surprised to be asked to chose our desert option as well as starter and main course choice at the same time. Sunday lunch very good value in such a nice environment. We will be back.

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Agnesessex
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Staff attentive, quick to serve and clear table. Three course meal served and consumed in one and a half hours.

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AnnabellB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a birthday celebration to the restaurant (and bar) for dinner and drinks.
Staff were outstanding from the moment we arrived (reception), at the bar as well as the restaurant.
It was our first visit to the restaurant and we will be going back for sure.
Would highly recommend, especially for a special occasion.

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PaulR
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good as usual but still very expensive.

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Rocky
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

loved the new ambience of the restaurant .
always well received . food was very good, excepting the main pork which was only tepid . excellent desert and lovely wine

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GrahamW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal served by friendly staff. Great value for money

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GourmetSteve1
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very nice restaurant , great food and service cannot be faulted. On the expensive side but you gotta pay for quality.
Not a lively place and all talk is kept on the quiet side.
But for a special / romantic occasion - its Tip Top

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MikeMc
Kent
38 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent lunch here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food and wine were both extremely good as usual. Was also able to make use of the Tesla destination charger for my Model 3.

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Batteyes
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We liked the restaurant, and the staff were very fri7and helpful but we thought it was expensive. We were only given the 3 course menu. I’ve seen e seen the open table email giving a two course and a special offer menu. I thought this was a bit disappointing.
Overall the food was very good. I think the lighting was too bright but apart from that, I would go again. I would ask for the menu choices though.

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MikeS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice restaurant but becoming expensive now! Somehow the price is creeping up. Lovely place but can’t do it regularly. The staff are amazing!

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JanF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Worst dining experience of my life. The only thing they were good at was being outrageously rude.

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vipluv2dinecroydon
Kent
26 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Staff are very friendly and attentive. The whole meal was beautifully presented with top quality ingredients being cooked to perfection. Wine list is extensive with something to suit most budgets with a very good sommelier who is happy to guide you if you wish. Could not fault a thing about our whole experience.

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GuyT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was great, service exceptional, made a special occasion really special

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