Chapter One

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4632 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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l
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

25th wedding anniversary lunch

ST
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can not fault this restaurant. They make you feel extremally welcome. I have now decided that this will be my regular Sunday Lunch spot!!!

P
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High quality dining, attentive staff, in a well presented restaurant. A lovely evening

SM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always a great experience at Chapter One, the food is never a let down

A
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday on a Sunday! The food was superb and the service was even better. Highly recommend, one of the best restaurants I have been to. Sunday lunch is also reasonably priced. Plus they also suprised her with a cake for her birthday.

MO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and great service. We went for mine and my wife's birthday and the staff gave us a nice treat after the meal.

RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love visiting Chapter One on special occasions. The staff are brilliant for that. I've forgotten my waiters name but he was brilliant, only joined the establishment a month ago but definitely compliments the impeccable service at Chapter One.

P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always , food first class together with service , my favourite place

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been coming regularly for a few years now and the reason for this is that we have total confidence each time in the experience being as perfect as the last.

DD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was lovely. The food was really nice and tasty.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience from the staff to food was excellent. Lovely evening, will definitely be going back.

MS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Small Sunday lunch menu, but even so offered a great deal of choice for those who dont eat meat.

RB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the place, service excellent. Food great but however felt the food came out from the kitchen very quickly between courses, 3 course dinner and eating our dessert within an hour.

JL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent venue for birthday celebrations, anniversaries and special events.
Service is excellent.

PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, terrific service from friendly staff, will definitely go again when in South London

WG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really delicious food. Cannot fault the service. Feels like good value but still pricey so go for a treat or if someone else is paying.

SN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite, great food and staff! Would definitely recommend and return myself

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

visited the brassiere for a girls evening last week. Food was excellent (haddock and poached egg pie was amazing!) staff were really friendly and helpful. Will be booking again very soon.

KM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My fiancee and I travelled from Devon to dine here for his birthday after an amazing experience the previous year when we first visited. There's always that worry that the next visit won't have the same feeling as before but we were so overwhelmed with how perfect everything was with the food and service. The lamb was outstanding as was all the food. The waiter was lovely and gave my fiancee a complimentary birthday drink. The cake I prearranged came out after our meal and my fiancee was so happy. Thank you for making his birthday so effortlessly special and making our second visit amazing. We'll definitely be coming back for years to come.

KS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the cake at the end to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you.

JC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food at a reasonable price. Very good atmosphere and great staff.

KH
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time visit for my wife's birthday and she was delighted. The food was first class and the wine list extensive with some very good wines. Staff very attentive but not overbearing, making sure my wife's long list of allergies were noted. There is plenty of parking, an option to relax with a drink before being escorted to your table. I thoroughly recommend Chapter One.

j
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We visit Chapt one around 3 times per year.
I ordered the mushroom and pea risotto as I really enjoy vegetarian food. I was told after ordering that they had no peas so would a mushroom risotto be ok! Not good enough for an expensive restaurant.
Last time we visited they had no vegetarian menu at least that now has been reinstated.

BO
London
108 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Cooking and presentation at Chapter One has been excellent for years and service is now efficient. The wine list was always good but a great choice of top-class wines by the glass is now available using the Coravin system. We sampled a great Condrieu with fish starters, plus a Brunello and a rich Aglianico with main courses, all worth the high price per glass.

D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent a la carte menu especially the Dorset snails and the delicious Asian mushroom broth with crab and scallop tortelloni. Love the fact that the food is always seasonal and uses Kentish produce.

f
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely lunch. Can't wait to go back. Soon.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well worth the price if you want a special meal

f
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We decided to try out the grouse tasting menu. It was delicious!

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chapter One was booked for my Birthday lunch with some friends and my husband. I think that it is a bit more expensive but I would class it as a special occasion restaurant. It was our friends 1st visit and they were impressed and would be returning. Thankyou.

KD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent selection of food, all cooked to perfection and delicious, served by an excellent waiting team.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous new decor, wonderful staff and as always... awesome food. Look forward to going back soon.

BJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous menu with food cooked to perfection. The service was spot on.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Booked table for 4 six weeks beforehand. Was disappointed to be placed at end of restaurant beside large party of 12 for birthday celebration Was incredibly noisy and made conservation very difficult. Our booking was 12.15 when we were encouraged to immediately go to table rather than drink first in bar. Initial service slow, had to request drinks. The at end of lunch requested to vacate table for further booking. Were not told of limited table time when booking (on line). Have dined here many times before, this time all rather rushed, very noisy and less enjoyable.

P
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambience with some nice personal touches, for example birthday cake greeting. Very pleased. Did not need to eat for the rest of the day :)

OT
Kent
41 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been coming here for the last few years when Chapter One advertise their grouse tasting menu as it is always very good. This year I particularly liked the risotto although the other dishes were just as good.

Will be back soon.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Since its update the food and service is excellent.
However the noise levels now are very intrusive!

GG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Chapter one is great for an occasion. The food and service are great. We had a tasting menu and a flight of wines, it was very good. Although they are not very generous with the wine. It is expensive, but it was nice.

KC
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service always good as usual. The waiters very friendly and welcoming.

KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Booked to take my brother. I also had my son and with me and was worried about disturbing other diners. They put us in an area which was out of the way and allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the meal. Food was outstanding! 😀

C
Kent
65 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It's our second time going to Chapter One, this time for our wedding anniversary. The staff are always very attentive. The food is lovely, my only slight complaint being that my main meal lacked in some flavour but overall a lovely evening and we would definitely return.

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