Chapter One
Chapter One

Chapter One

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 01689854848x
  • 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 WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
Chapter One reviews from OpenTable diners
639 reviews since 23 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.2
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (520)fit for foodies (337)romance (298)business meals (242)sunday lunch (218)outstanding value (159)group bookings (116)good vegetarian options (49)child friendly (47)brunch (38)disabled access (27)afternoon tea (15)pre/post theatre (13)outdoor eating (5)Show More
  • Beautiful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    A perfect evening from start to finish, professional friendly service, wonderful food and plenty of options, fine wine, beautiful table and ambience. Can't fault it, Andrew McLeish has got it just right.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • specialplace
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Service is excellent. Food excellent. A great restaurant to celebrate a Wedding Anniversary.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Always Just Right
    TopCat
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Our 27th visit was as good as the 1st. Everything about the place, staff and food is always perfect. AND, the value is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner, shame about dessert
    Brabur
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    The starter and main course were delicious, the food was beautifully cooked. However, the dessert was not as nice, we ordered a tart tatin and it was overdone and tasted burnt, which was a real shame as it was the last course.
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  • Special Occasion dining
    Sally
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Great service and food, special without being stuffy!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    Cucci
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    I love Chapter One, it is my favourite restaurant however on this occasion I have one complaint, I took 5 guests with me and as one was blind dropped them outside while I parked the car they went in and were asked if they would like a Bellini of course they all said yes thinking it was a welcome drink, when I got the bill I discovered these had cost me a few pence short of £48. Think this is a cheap trick not worthy of a Michelin star restaurant. I would happily have brought aperitives but don't like to feel tricked next they'll be putting water on the tables and adding them to the bill if you open them.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food but slightly disappointed
    Suzanne
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We enjoyed the food, but gap between starters and main were far too short, had hardly finished eating starters before mains arrived. The dessert menu was given to us seconds after our main plates had been taken away. No stock of red 1/2 bottle of wine, so brought out a different (more expensive) version and assumed we'd be ok with that - we weren't purely for the fact they had presumed. The 'specials' were briefly explained to us but with lots of detail and prices (supplements) which seemed to devalue the restaurant a bit. didn't feel valued as customers, table was at 9pm. The food we had was michelin starred, but the actual occasion lacked something special. would go again, but not in a massive hurry. (ironically!)
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • busy friday night
    foodanddrink
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    restaurant packed and service a bit hurried with no explanation of food but quality good and an enjoyable evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Anniversary Disappointment
    HappyEater
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    As our anniversary was mid week we decided to celebrate locally. I have always had reservations not about the food but the service but as we were going in the evening I hoped it might have improved. Sadly not. Indifferent service, un-coordinated . The food is still delicious. It did seem stark to serve a steak without a garnish We were not asked mid course whether all was in order; a member of staff stood chatting to one table for a good 20 minutes but as she did not appear to be serving in the restaurant it would not have made a difference to the service. Compare the service to Racine the previous week without a Michelin star and you do wonder .It should be an overall experience
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Still brilliant
    CHOOSY
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Chapter 1 remains an outstanding quality and value for money 1star Michelin restaurant.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Beautiful food
    ComeDineWithMeVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We've eaten at Chapter One a few times and are always impressed with the beautiful food. All staff are helpful, attentive and friendly and the restaurant itself is elegant and intimate. We ate from the lunch menu and enjoyed every course from a delicious mushroom risotto to a sea bream with potato gnocchi and a shallot tarte tatin. It's a wonderful place for a special meal although the reasonable prices mean you could come in any day just because.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service was what let the restaurant down. During previous visits the service was better.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance
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  • Great as ever
    TWPaul
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This restaurant is around 30-35 mins drive from my home town of Tunbridge Wells, but the drive is always worth it. Superb, non-intrusive yet extremely attentive service, a lovely atmosphere (always busy when I've been) plus absolutely superb dishes packed with flavour and stunningly presented. Three Michelin starred courses plus a decent bottle of wine for around £60/head (well, on a Sunday anyway, few £ more usually) is I think great value. Remains my favourite 'no so local' destination for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Sunday Lunch
    MrsL
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My partner and I had Sunday lunch at Chapter One this weekend and were extremely impressed with the whole experience. The service was excellent - the waiters attentive but not hovering and the food, especially the beef, was cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first Michelin-starred meal
    james
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Booked for the Sunday set-lunch with, even with drinks, represents great value. We were a little rushed to order food at the start but after that the service calmed down and it was to a very high standard. Attentive and efficient. All of the courses were filling and well presented. Can't wait to book to go back.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • judy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great food as usual. Fantastic food and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant.
    Diet2morrow
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great restaurant that you don't have to trek to and from the West End to get to. It's as cheap or expensive as your choice of wine dictates.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a really nice meal, the food was top class and the service was efficient aswell as friendly. A bit pricey for everyday and the menu hadn't changed much from last year but that said it marked my husband's birthday in suitable style.
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    special occasions
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  • Dining experience
    Dannyj1092
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Chapter one has always been our restaurant of choice when fine dining, we have eaten in lots of high class restaurants and still consider chapter one our favourite restaurant the atmosphere is always amazing, staff are friendly and always professional and the food is always top class always look forward to dining here
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arthi
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Service and food were excellent. Visited the place for our wedding anniversary and loved the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous meal
    TheCommander
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We went to Chapter 1 on a Monday night for our anniversary. It was almost full, which was impressive for a Monday. The food didn't disappoint. We had the 5 course tasting menu with 5 paired wines for £75. They were very accommodating with my partners but allergy and swapped both out desserts. We had pea soup which tasted amazing and I'm not even a fan of peas. Then it was salmon, a mixed tomato salad, which was bursting with flavour, followed by the main lamb course. We had a raspberry sorbet before the best chocolate fondant I've ever had. We were well looked after by our waitress who also bought us a glass of both a paired wine for the fondant and the original dessert wine we had missed. Can't recommend Chapter 1 highly enough
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as always!
    JMC1
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We love coming here and are always made to feel welcome and the food is fantastic. We took our two young children with us to celebrate our wedding anniversary for lunch and they were very accomodating by offering a special 3 course menu for the kids and the service as always was great. Looking forward to the next excuse to go back again soon!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Winner
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    We were very disappointed to be presented on our Sunday lunch August 31 with the same menu (except one different main) we had at our Sunday lunch early July-- boring ! Although we were happy with the food on our July visit, this time it reminded us on gastro pub food. Our fish dishes, salmon and skat wing, were overcooked. The creme brulee was too sweet and too soft . In general the food looked like thrown on the plates.
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  • Reliably good
    sledger4
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Have eaten at Chapter One many times and always find it very very good, this time no exception. Ate at peak time on a Saturday evening in a very busy restaurant but they still provided the high standard of food and service that we love this restaurant for. Between us we had Fois Gras ballotine, Roasted Pigeon salad, Belly of Pork, Fish of the day and Peanut/banana/chocolate dessert and we ate the lot. All absolutely wonderful. A point to note is that their fantastic tasting menu is not available on a Saturday. I can totally understand why as the restaurant is so busy but perhaps this should be made clear when booking. Thank you Chapter One, outstanding again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Another Great Evening
    stew238
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Yet another great evening at Chapters they never fail spot one with the food and service and they still do the best vodka martin.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • First Visit
    love2eat
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Went for lovely meal and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our time here. Food, service and ambience all very good and would recommend it. Will be looking at booking another meal here in the very near future.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Chapter One - Summer Menu
    DavidO
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Great food. My wife had cod loin in a beautiful Asian sauce and I had the lamb which was cooked perfectly. Service is very attentive - minor irritation was rush to get us out of the bar and seated at our table. Otherwise all good.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Littlesis
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    We have not eaten here for about 3 years and felt it was nowhere as good as it used to be. We were celebrating with friend,s our Silver Wedding Anniversary. We love good, well cooked food, and my meal was very nice except for the chocolate fondant which was just a pool of melted chocolate. Some years ago it was unbeatable. My husbands steak which he paid an extra £10 for was slightly tough and full of sinew. We did not like to complain because we did not want to spoil a special occasion, but told head waitress who just shrugged. Whist we do not mind what we pay if the food is exceptional, we thought the total price for the four of us was exorbitant. Despite that, we had a lovely evening and the atmosphere was excellent.
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  • Chapter one tasting menu
    Mogred1
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Went to Chapter One for our fortieth anniversary , we had the August Tasting Menu absolutely outstanding, not cheap but we think totally worth every penny. Will definitely be returning :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • excellent offer
    localfoodie
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    We went for the Bank Holiday offer and had 3 extra courses for the price of 3. This made for a different experience which was well paced, and the bisque was particularly good, the extras really did complement the food that we had chosen, We would do this again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer sunday evening menu
    Delmasure
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We had a very pleasant evening indeed but were disappointed with the risotto which was too salted. I told the waitress who kindly replace it with no salt and so I could taste the dish which was excellent. I wonder why some restaurants do not provide salt and pepper on the table .I know the chefs have got their pride but at the end we decide how much salt we want! Without saying that some people can't eat salt! The other thing was that the website of Chapter One mentioned the price of 33£.... and Opentable 29£...So when the bill came I showed my printed paper from Opentable and it was accepted. So well done Chapter One for their understanding and good will!
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  • Steve Clarke
    MouchotteDinersClub
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I took my wife for her birthday having heard much about the restaurant. We had a fantastic evening - the food was excellent, as was the service and ambience. We were more than happy with the cost of the food (given the outstanding quality and execution of the dishes) and thought that the wide selection of wines were extremely well priced given the standard of the restaurant. We will recommend highly to friends and family.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Recent visit to Chapter One
    Earcam
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    We have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food and service , was first class as always, we had a slight misunderstanding with the final bill - which was not their fault ( it was booked through a third party) but it was quickly resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Will return at the next opportunity.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service....
    Chrissie13
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Good value for money. Chapter One has a great atmosphere the restaurant was busy and as usual the service was seamless. The food was good but this is the first occasion we didn't think it was 'outstanding'.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still First Class
    heofgreatwisdom
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Pleasing to say that the high standards are still maintained. Whatever reason for a visit Chapter One provides a experience to remember.
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    brunch, business meals, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • High standard throughout
    Cometa66
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    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.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A lunchtime gem!
    luv2lunch
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Great food, great service and great value. Always take the bread offered . . it's delicious!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • JJ
    JJSJ
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    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
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    special occasions
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  • Fantastic lunch
    Joandfrankie
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Menu was limited, but something for everyone. Perfectly served food in a great atmosphere. Excellent service
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Good not outstanding
    Mikel
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Place is good. Food is great. Didn't felt outstanding
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    I would recommend this to a friend.