Chapter One
Chapter One

Chapter One

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 01689 854848
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm

    Sunday: 12pm - 3pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

    Friday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 11:30pm

    Sunday: 6:30pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Andrew McLeish
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest BR station is Orpington. There is a black taxi rank at the station and the easiest thing is to get a taxi. It is approximately 2 miles from Orpington station to Chapter One.
    Trains to Orpington are from Charing Cross or Victoria.
    Alternatively train to Bromley South and then taxi but this is further away (approximately 4 miles)
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Large private car park for up to 70 cars
A word from Chapter One
Chapter One is a Modern European restaurant situated just outside Orpington in Kent. It is firmly established as one of the country’s top restaurants and is the proud holder of one Michelin star and four AA rosettes.Executive head chef, Andrew McLeish and his team have created an impressive modern European menu, focusing on fantastic seasonal ingredients and an extensive wine list perfectly complements Andrew's refined cooking.
At Chapter One, we believe that offering value for money is just as important as award-winning food. Three courses at dinner is £38.50, for lunch is £19.95 and we also offer a less formal brasserie menu available Monday – Saturday lunchtimes. On a Sunday evening you can enjoy the a la carte menu for just £33.50 – the perfect way to round off your weekend.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBusiness Meals
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
Chapter One reviews from OpenTable diners
662 reviews since 22 November 2013
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.2
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (532)fit for foodies (346)romance (305)business meals (241)sunday lunch (226)outstanding value (164)group bookings (119)child friendly (50)good vegetarian options (46)brunch (41)disabled access (28)afternoon tea (15)pre/post theatre (12)outdoor eating (4)Show More
  • Pansy
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    I took 4 friends to your Autumn lunch offer and they were delighted with the food and service. The only complaint is the noise, but that is hard to avoid in a very popular restaurant. Next time I shall ask for a table near the wall , not in the middle of the room.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our second visit to Chapter 1.
    07mike
    Dined on 19/11/2014
    We have friends in London and so we like to meet somewhere about half way for all of us. We have never been disappointed with the restaurant, food, surroundings or service. We chose from the special lunch menu and were all more than well satisfied with what we chose. The soup was delicious, main course of fish most enjoyable and the pear dessert was wonderful. We will certainly use this restaurant for another get-together. It is also very nice that the waiting staff have time to have a chat and we are always made very welcome. Full marks for everything.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin Star?
    OscarBalloo
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    Negatives: 1. We had drinks and were only seated at our table fifteen minutes after our arrival and only when I queried why we had to wait so long. 2. Fish should be served with cutlery designed for eating fish, and steak with cutlery designed for eating steak. 3. Un-used glassware should be removed from the table sooner rather than later. 4. We should not have to wait at least thirty minutes for our main course to arrive. 5. One or two of the waiting staff could do with an introduction to underarm deodorant. That said, the food was very good though by no means exceptional. Indeed my pear poached in red wine on a bed of rice pudding looked about as unappetising a course as I have seen for several years. Tasted OK though. Overall opinion was divided amongst our table but the general theme was glad to have visited this restaurant though would be equally glad never to go back. Michelin Star? Mmm...jury still out on that one.
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  • Fabulous
    Paul
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    Was excellent in all respects, especially service, cocktails, dining area
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing meal.
    DOLLY2931
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Generally restaurant excellent and one we have visited many times in the past. However on Saturday we both ordered Partridge which was tough and dry. We did complain but no notice was taken or an apology given. We thought at least someone would have had a word with us and were treated with indifference. The rest of the meal was very good and it is a shame it was spoilt by the main course. (Why do restaurants ask if you enjoyed the meal and assume you will answer "it was lovely" and when you tell them something was not quite right, why do they ignore what you have said. Obviously there is no point in asking you!!!!!)
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fabulous
    JaneyD
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    We had been given a gift voucher as a present and had a fabulous time. The restaurant has a lovely lounge area where you can enjoy a cocktail before being shown to your table. The food is spectacular and cooked to perfection and the service excellent. We had wonderful evening and would highly recommend this restaurant - we will definitely go again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Bobba
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    AS usual, the perfection we have come to expect from this excellent restaurant
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in a long time!
    Isabelle
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our party of 4 had such a wonderful evening - we were all impressed by the food which was of a superb quality, artistically presented, with incredible flavours, perfect portions, and simply delicious. The lemon tart was the most wonderful I've ever had! The service was prompt and courteous, the ambience relaxed but stylish and the wine list had a good variety to suit most pockets. The bill was less than we had feared! We will definitely be returning to Chapter One.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DInewell69
    Dinewell69
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We took a couple for dinner who had not been to chapter one before. We have been there often and always rate the food although service can be slow. On this occasion we ha the tasting menu and wines. The food was outstanding in flavour and presentation and not only the best meal I have had there, but certainly one of the best meals I have had. The service on this occasion was very good with just the right time between courses. Could not recommend it more strongly
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • I love this restaurant
    Ryan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have dined at Chapter One many times and have never been disappointed. Great food, friendly staff, very pleasant surroundings. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Consistent quality
    Molly51
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We visit Chapter One for special occasions and nights out with friends. Good food, beautifully presented, and excellent service is always guaranteed. Every time we go, we remind ourselves we should go more often!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to eat more after 3 courses
    Goldfish
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    2nd lunch visit within a short period members of party undecided regarding quality of food some found it too rich some loved it personally, I found that its not kind of food I like, too little portions and too rich .
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch
    Scary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great value set lunch menu perfectly prepared and presented. Restaurant was surpringly busy for a mid week lunchtime which made for a good ambience whilst receiving attentive service.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • WoodyP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always high quality in both food and wine and with something different to try.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Felt rushed and unwelcome
    Joseph
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The atmosphere of the restaurant has changed considerably as we found the staff were quite rude pretencious and unwelcoming Seated by a table right by the entrance and when we ask to be moved to a better table the waiter was not very happy! Waitress served 3 tables around us, who were seated after us, with bread and ignored us until 10 minutes later we were offered some! Seconds later our order was taken and then literally when we buttered our bread our starter came out! Three course lunch was served in less than an hour and that was because we made a point to take OUR time! If we didn't would of been in and out by 30 minutes! Very disappointed as we are regular diners, food great but shame about the fast food service and unwelcoming staff
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Another Great Evening
    stew238
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Another great evening at Chapter One well done to all the staff on a very busy Saturday night, Chapters food is spot on every time.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • My favorite
    Shaun
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Outstanding food and service as always - can't wait for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodspyVIP
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Great restaurant, great food, great autumn lunch deal.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Good food, excellent service, fair value. Lunch ingredients look cheaper than dinner, but £20 a head is good value
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • linkline
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    Dined on a special Lunch time menu but there were only 3 dishes to choose from from each course. On the main course there were two were fish and one meat. but no fowl, this I thought was a huge disapointment.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but service and decor both tired
    betti
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    The food here is always very good indeed. It's the only Michlein starred place around here. The dining room now looks tired - stained fabric on many chairs. The service is not consistent - many new staff who do not know the food or drinks lists. They've stopped describing the dishes when they serve and they have stopped amuse bouche etc. It's less busy than it used to be which is a shame as the food is still great. I think there are enough waiters but they aren't good or attentive. There's no sommelier on some nights and staff don't know the difference between the wines they offer. A bit sad as it's local and was much better 12 months ago.
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    disabled access
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  • Great food shame about the service
    Thepiglady
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    We love this restaurant for the food. Service is usually excellent but this time we were made to feel like we had imposed upon them by being there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic lunch
    PoshNosh82
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    A fantastic Saturday lunch with friends. Very good service and the food was faultless. Amazing afternoon.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent evening
    Stephen
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Chapter 1 came up trumps yet again - yet to be dissapointed despite many visits. Staff on the ball, wine list covers both modest and expansive wallets and the food remains first class and at a good price. A happy regular customer.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent dining experience!
    Aj52dav
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    This is the third time me and my partner have been and this time took friends with us! The food is beautiful and we all had the tasting menu with the tasting wines. The dishes were well presented and tasted amazing, so many flavours! We were not rushed in any way, all the wines coming lamented each dish and where one of our guests had an allergy they replaced the dish and wine with a more suitable option! Overall excellent dining experience!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Perfect every time
    molly
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    This Restaurent always delivers the best ...I am always very happy with my visit.
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  • Now with added loyalty scheme!
    Secret
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    For decades this has been the best local restaurant. Great food, exceptional service. This visit was as good as ever. But now with a free glass each of (rather ordinary) champagne as a welcome. Three courses and a bottle of wine for about £45 a head.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Maria Haydon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Chapter One never fails to deliver a wonderful dining experience. The service/front of house sraff are extremely polite and they are not overbearing as in some fine dining restaurants. The choice of food is superb, presentation is sublime and the meals are always served piping hot. I have been coming to this reataurant for many years and I have never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    landv
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    I've been a customer of Chapter One for a while now and every time the service and food are absolutely superb!
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always beyond expectation
    Debbie
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Best of all is the quality and use of seasonally available produce which means the menu is never the same. Join Chapter One as a Friend and you will reap some lovely benefits. Loved the champagne for my birthday! Also very good about handling awkward food allergies. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. For a Michelin Starred restaurant, you do not pay outrageous London prices - no wonder it is popular. The 5 course taster menu is a bargain at £55 per head! We always go for a pre-Christmas luncheon in December with the family as the meal is such great value and quality. Cannot wait to attend the Christmas Turkey Preparation course!
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very enjoyable
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We had a lovely evening at Chapter One. We arrived early and had a drink in the bar area until our table was ready. The restaurant had a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the staff were so helpful and friendly. We weren't sure which wine to order but the friendly waiter helped us to choose and it was just as we wanted, without being one of the the most expensive on the menu. The food was really good. We all enjoyed every course and we had cocktails after which were also delicious. Quite expensive but a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I booked Chapter One for my husbands birthday. We were very impressed with the quality of the food and can see why its famed for the art of deconstruction. Having eaten at Murano, Koffmanns and other Michelin rated restaurants, Chapter One was by far the best value for money.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • birthdaytreat
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We had a very good birthday meal and all was excellent as usual. Will not wait until my birthday again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Weekenderpaul
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. The food is always beautifully cooked and presented and the service is attentive, but not imposing. My only slight criticism, is that the portions can be on the small side and we always find it necessary to order a couple of side dishes.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chapter one disappointment
    Tabledhote1
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Chef has to be more ambitious,innovative and consistent in his cuisine with the use of quality products that the only way to take back his michelin star.Retrain waitresses and reduce the number;Find a real sommelier and make sure that glasses are well cleaned and finally better lighting and design interior then chapter one can pretend to be gastronomic restaurant
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  • Special meal
    Gravyking
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Nearly two years since I last visited but the steak was as good as ever. Biggest and best I have tasted. Both my wife and myself had to leave some, just too much. Mine was medium rare and cooked to perfection. My two criticisms that lowered the rating were that we were not advised what the fish of the day was, I would expect the waiter to do this, and we were seated next to a large family with young children - not what I expect when taking a 9pm reservation. Still would recommend for a good quality special occasion. Cost for two was close to £150 including drinks for one.
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  • Wonderful Lunch
    Singer17
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    I visited Chapter One to celebrate my birthday with 3 friends. We had a fabulous lunch. The food was up to it's usual high standard and the service impeccable. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Goldfish
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    3 course luch menu just under£20 found portions too small for myself but ok for partner, very attentive service but not intrusive , good ambience Enjoyed home made bread, excellent, food ok, could be better.
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  • Great for a celebration
    Budgie
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    It was my birthday and, for a treat, two women friends and I booked a table at Chapter One. We eat out together most Wednesday evenings, but this was really special.The staff took care of us, the food was beautiful and a tiny birthday cake was produced when they discovered it was my birthday. It was a lovely touch and done without embarrassing flourishes - just a bit of fun which I loved - -and no one raised an eyebrow when we shared one dessert between us! Thank you for a very pleasant evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real cuisine
    Aquitainer
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Lunch menu represents excellent value for outstandingly well prepared and tasty food. The restaurant is furnished in a neutral modern and comfortable style, very busy but not too noisy or rushed with friendly staff who quickly notice any needs but do not bother people. We had a window seat and enjoyed the whole experience, including a reasonably priced glass of good wine each from an eclectic list of wines available by the glass. Highly recommended.
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