/home.aspx toptable has a new name!
Restaurant bookings: free & instantly confirmed
  • Chapter One

  • Online Bookings

Chapter One
Chapter One

Chapter One Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 0168 985 4848
  • 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 £35.50, for lunch is £23.95 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 £29.95 – the perfect way to round off your weekend.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
Diner Reviews
  • "Pleasing to say that the high standards are still maintained. Whatever reason for a visit Chapter One provides a experience to remember."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "Chapter One maintains a very high standard and has done so for a number of years now. Decor & ambiance are very agreeable; tables are widely spaced so it never feels overcrowded, even when full. All of the staff are disciplined, well drilled but not robotic! They're attentive & welcoming & have a good sense of humour. The choice of food is interesting & beautifully prepared. You're never quite sure what your chosen dish will look like when it arrives before you but the surprise is sure to be good! It's difficult to classify Chapter One as "excellent value for money" because, by the time you've ordered drinks, your bill won't be small, even when you're taking advantage of a special offer but such quality doesn't come cheap."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "Great food, great service and great value. Always take the bread offered . . it's delicious!"
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "Frequent visitor over the years although not been for over 6 months. Continues to deliver on all fronts , and parmasen bread to die for. Knocks the spots off any local competition"
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Menu was limited, but something for everyone. Perfectly served food in a great atmosphere. Excellent service"
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Place is good. Food is great. Didn't felt outstanding"
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Exquisite food with very professional service. Dining room is beautifully appointed. Value for money is impressive. Go go go!"
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Anxious waiters, couldn't understand why they couldn't behave normally. I had a perfectly cooked and seasoned bass with rather disappointing beans, which was dry and tasteless. The foie with the strawberries was exquisite just like the dessert that looked like a piece of artwork. Portions were big enough for me, but my husband left hungry after a three course meal. Very simple, unpretentious decor with worn out chairs."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Chapter One restaurant does not look too attractive from outside but the food is always exceptionally good. The lunchtime set menu is very good value but this is not the place for big 'meat and two veg' diners! Fabulous desserts."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Good quality food, very good staff - friendly and attentive but professional. Tables far enough apart means that it is an excellent place to have a meal and talk - perfect for business or meeting up with a friend. Extremely good value given the quality of the food and ambiance."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening. Food was of good quality and value. We both had quail to start and guinea fowl for mains. Our only complaint was that the menu hadn't really changed since we last visited, around a year ago."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "I love the relaxed feel of this restaurant. The Sunday lunch was of a very high standard and absolutely delicious!! The staff are friendly, the service was excellent, and the cocktails are amazing!! We will definitely be back."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "Everything we hoped for, a memorable special occasion lunch was enjoyed by my teenage daughters and ourselves."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "If you want great food, great service and awesome atmosphere then this is the lace to go, yes it's a bit pricey but you really do get what you pay for."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "Gave Chapter One another chance but very disappointing. Foie gras very small and over powered by the nutty burnt bread. Also had to pay a supplement. Why? Why do they offer a set menu then charge extra for certain items? I find that very annoying. My partner had the steak which he said was good but again carries a £9.00 supplement. My salmon was bland. It is expensive so I expected better especially having a Michelin star. Service however, was excellent."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "We had the most amazing food with very attentive staff. My only criticism is that if we hadnt have asked for a break between the main and the dessert we would have been finished within 45 mins we wanted more of an evening experience, but I can only put that down to having very attentive staff. Although with the wait we were done in just over and hour. What we had to eat was beautiful and we will be returning."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Went for lunch with my wife as part of her Birthday celebration. It was not the first time that we had been there but it was the first Lunch that we have had there and just as before the service is as you would expect in a good quality establishment."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "We first went to Chapter One about 5 years ago, and were underwhelmed then. Friends love it so we thought we'd try again. Had drinks in the bar, that was nice. We arrived early in order to do that but I was taken aback when the Maître D said 'oh good, because your table isn't ready' even though the place was half empty. We were disappointed with our table because one person faced a blank wall. The room is bland. The food was good but not extraordinary, as you might expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. They may have been short staffed, and although the waitress was lovely, we had long waits and had to beckon for attention most of the time, and ended up pouring our own wine. Overall, not special, I think it is highly overrated."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food. Very good quality. The way the restaurant was decorated could have been nicer but otherwise it was really nice."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "chapter one never disappoints. this visit one of us was gluten and dairy free and jonut, our waiter, and tordor took the time to explain what she could have from the menu and what the chef could tweak as well. andrew, the chef, also made a special surprise dessert for her. wonderful!!! what more can you say? definately worth a visit. a good wine list, champagne by the glass, always a bonus, and a nice menu with some unusual dishes, such as quail."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "We had dinner at Chapter One a very nice restaurant. The overall building and the clientele were not what was expected from michelin restaurant but we were surprised. Nice staff, slightly loud customers but great food and very affordable! We will be going back again and we had a nice evening with courteous staff."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "A perfect balance of attention to detail and private romantic dining for two!"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Outstanding food served with incredible service....."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Another enjoyable evening spent dining with friends at Chapter One."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Up to the usual very high standard. Excellent food with excellent, friendly service."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "Are here with my Girlfriend on Monday lunch time for her Birthday and was very happy with our choice of restaurant. The menu for a lunch sitting is excellent, we both really struggled to choose something. In the end I had the Quail Kiev followed by the Pork Belly. Both were absolutely superb and at £5 for a starter and £17 for a mains, represent excellent value for money! I will be booking another trip to Chapter One very soon."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "Took Mum and our partners there for her 78 Birthday , we go to this fabulous place for birthdays and Christmas and love the service ambience . We had a very cheeky chappy waiter who certainly entertained Mum , the food was excellent especially the deserts looked more like a work of art than a desert but still very yummy. My only critism was that we were left waiting a few minutes to order the main as I think there is only one lady taking the food orders , but overall a most excellent night thank you !"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "This restaurant is a fantastic dining experience, the service was excellent and the food is delicious! It isn't the sort of place you'd go if you just fancy a meal out (unless you can afford it), but it's fantastic for a special occasion as you really do feel special when you're in there. Would higher recommend that you visit this restaurant at least once, you won't regret it"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Had a very good lunch the other day from the fixed price menu. The choice is limited but there was sufficient there to make a good choice. Suggest you book for an early table as it seems to get very busy after 13.00."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Excellent service but friendly and not over the top. The standard of the food was well up to its 1 Michelin Star and better than some higher rated restaurants and was excellent value for money."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "It is so nice to have a quality restaurant within easy reach of home."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Ambiance, service and food - there is simply nothing to match Chapter One outside London."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal at Chapter One to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food and wine were incredible, and the service was outstanding. The restaurant is relaxed and elegant. I would recommend Chapter One to anyone looking for a brilliant meal and night out."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and so were the staff, every attention was given and everything was just perfect, I emailed them to ask for champagne on arrival and it was there as soon as we sat down, I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "The 3 course sunday lunch menu is excellent value, and there are a surprising number of choices for a set menu in a restaurant of this kind. Food was great, and even my mother-in-law was impressed!"
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "After a period with poor service this restaurant is back to its best with excellent cooking, imaginative dishes and a well-chosen wine list. Highly recommended"
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "Still the best restaurant in West Kent. Although no amuse bouche the food is well prepared and delicious."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Out first time at Chapter One as we regularly eat in London. It was a strange mix of very good food, well presented but service levels did not match at all. Not bad service, just not matching the standard of the food. Too many brand new, inexperienced waiters, wine glasses placed on the table by one waitress as if we were in a pub . There was one outstanding senior waitress who was trying her very best but seemed to be managing all others around her as well. We live very close to restaurant and will go there again, I just hope the constructive feedback is taken on board."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "We decided to book on a Sunday evening and what a decision, all I can say what a great way to end a weekend. Food, wine, ambience and service all superb. Chapter One has the wow factor"
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "I took my boyfirend here for his birthday, Upon arrival we were greeted by a helpful receptionist who then lead us to our table. The decor within the room was really modern and inviting. the waiter then came to take our oder of food and drink, then coming back with several options of bread, I would recommend the parmazan and rosemary! the food was lovely and we both enjoyed ourselves, the portions were just about right and not skimpy. the service was impecible and we felt well attended to the whole time. we will definately be going back!"
    dined on 27/07/2014