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Chapter One Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 0168 985 4848
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
    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
  • Private Party Facilities: The fully air conditioned private room is situated on the first floor and is ideal for a variety of functions, from a wedding reception or dinner party to a business meeting or presentation.
    Our menus have been designed by executive head chef Andrew McLeish to suit almost any occasion. We have a range of starters, main courses and desserts from which the organizer chooses 3 of each for all guests to pre-choose from. You can enjoy a three course meal for as little as £24.95 (depending on dishes selected).
    There is no room hire for parties of 20 or more who are having a full menu.
    The room has its own cloakroom and private bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Cheryl Almond 0168 985 4848

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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed every minute of this dining experience. We had the lunch menu but were treated as if we were eating the most expensive a la carte. Nothing was too much trouble and so for the price and quality of food and service,it was outstanding and we would definitely go again,"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "As usual Chapter One proved it has great food. It is always very well prepared with great ingredients and originality. I wish the menu changed a little more often but cannot complain about the quality. Service is attentive and helpful."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We decided to try the Tasting Menu (with wines) to celebrate a significant birthday for one of our party, so were looking forward to a real 'Michelin One Star' treat. The menus were slightly tatty and appeared overused. Several dishes were disappointing. Some wine glasses had not been polished and some appeared 'milky'. The waiting staff (who are normally attentive and helpful), seemed to be struggling and there was no consistency to the service, culminating in one course being served to two of our party whilst leaving the other members of the party without food for several minutes. All in all not an experience worthy of a Michelin star and very surprising given previous positive experiences at this restaurant."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "The restaurant is very well appointed and elegant and whilst more formal attire for diners would not be out of place but most of those present, including ourselves, were dressed in 'smart casual' style. The ambience was most pleasant and the acoustics were such that normal volume of conversation did not intrude between tables. The waiters were friendly and engaging and took great care to ensure we were happy and ours engaged us in humorous exchanges each time he visited the table, which was fun. The menu offered a wide range of gourmet choices which were prepared and presented stylishly. In summary we had a memorable evening, of good food, good company in delightful surroundings and left for the short walk home replete and happy."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "There was 4 of us and we all had taster menu - which actually turned out quite basic food!! We arrived at 7.00 and finished our meal at 9.30. First 2 courses came out quickly and flowed nicely, but then found we were waiting for a long time in between the last courses, especially the main dinner (pork belly) and the first sweet - which were just frozen blackberries and ice cream!!! Service was excellent though, without our waitress the evening wouldnt have geen so good"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Wonderful food, great menu and wine list and very efficient but subtle service."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Have dined on a number of occasions over the years at Chapter one but this was our first time for a while. Having booked on a Monday was a bit concerned that there might be no atmosphere but the restaurant had quite a few full tables and there was a nice ambience. Everything from the delicious nibbles with pre dinner drinks to the petit fours with coffee was delicious and of an extremely high standard. We even ordered spinach as a side dish without realising it wasn't on the menu but they still managed to serve it."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "This was the first time we had dined at Chapter One. The food and choice of wine was excellent. Presentation was of the high standard expected in an establishment of this quality. However, the service was rather hit and miss. Staff seemed more interested in looking at other tables rather than concentrating on the one they were serving. It seemed there weren't enough staff who had had the requisite amount of in-depth training. This was a pity as it detracted from what was overall a lovely experience. Hopefully this will have improved for our return."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "always great food ,never once did I not enjoy the delicious and great tastes offered"
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "Chapter One was a but of a let down although the decor, ambience and service were great the main meals let them down. We ordered 1 belly pork and a guinea fowl both were slightly undercooked. The pork was a slab of fat they didn't bother to crisp or brown it enough so it was literally just that white fat. The same with the breast of the Guinea fowl it just wasn't cooked enough and when I turned it over there was still blood on the meat. Our starters were amazing mushroom risotto and a salmon beautiful tastes and our desserts were lovely baked cheesecake and chocolate pudding which was a little rich but still great taste. We're not rushing to go back it was over priced for what we ate, shame because it was a lovely looking restaurant."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We've been going to Chapter One for years. It maintains its high standards in food and service and remains the only high-end restaurant (that I know of) in this part of the world. We would go there more often were it not for one thing: the menu seems to be fixed in aspic! We've eaten our way round it at least twice and now that lack of innovation puts us off, so we tend to go only twice a year. Please change the menu!"
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "We visit Chapter One restaurant for special occasions and when we want to spoil ourselves ! The reason for this is that it is a delightful experience, the ambiance ,staff and quality of food is exceptional. Well done Chapter One."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant for special occassions. Didn't feel hurried which was nice"
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Chapter One is great for a special occaasion. The food is incredible and the service is outstanding. There isn't much of an atmosphere in the restaurant but i think it's good for a romantic dinner or lunch..."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "We dine here regularly and haven't visited for a while and still as yummy as I remember!! Sunday Lunch was delicious and will be dining again in 2 weeks!"
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "4 of us dined at Chapter One on Saturday evening and I really couldn't fault it. The food, service & ambience was second to none. Can't wait to return."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "If you are in this area this is not one to be missed excellent food, excellent service, just all-round excellent,"
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We have been to Chapter One 3 or 4 times now for various special events like anniversaries and birthdays. The food and service are always excellent and the ambience is warm and inviting. There is always something we particularly want to eat whether it is a tried and trusted dish or a new venture and although I am quite picky about my food I always clear my plate at every course. Wine list excellent too, though a little pricey. However, about what you would expect to pay for a Michelin star restaurant. We thought the cost of our 3-course meal with cocktails reasonably good value for a restaurant of this calibre. And the staff are always very solicitous, even adding more sugar to my mojito at my request!"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Service was a little rushed to begin with but the excellent staff seemed to sense that and slowed the pace somewhat. Food and service both very good. Don't normally favour desserts but the taste tatine was the best dessert I've eaten in ages"
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Six of us came here on Sunday for lunch to celelbrate my parents taking retirement. We'd all eaten here before and this occassion was equally as good. Service was friendly and professional, the food was brought out on time and we were not rushed or left waiting at any time. I was able to use my 'Friends' card which got us all a lovely glass of champagne each. We had my 4 year old nephew with us and they were happy to adapt the menu to bring him something suitable. As ever the deserts were just devine!!"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "We celebrated my husbands birthday at Chapter One last Saturday night. The food was great, lovely buzzing, busy atmosphere. My only gripe was that the service was a bit hit and miss at times. The couple beside us got their main courses before us yet we ordered about 20 mins before them. Not enough to affect our experience though."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "dined here on many occasions and once again Chapter One did not fail me or my guests! A great menu (although sure it is the same as when we came last year!) with the most wonderful presentation, staff & ambiance divine as usual... see you soon! thank you fir a wonderful evening"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Tried Chapter 1 again after a break. Food still as good as always, but was rushed through all three courses in under an hour. I appreciate that most restaurants now have two sittings, but we were allocated 2.5 hours. As soon as one course was finished the next arrived. We felt as if we didn't have time to breathe. I am all in favour of good service but this was ridiculous. It made me feel so unconfortable that I was ill on the way home! What a waste!! Good food needs to be savoured."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Excellent service, as always at Chapter One. Tried the taster menu on our visit this time and all the dishes were meticulously presented with appropriate wines to complement the course"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "have been a few times before , will always recommend, however this visit thur 26/06/2014 found the waiters that were on duty a bit rushed and not quite as attentive as in the past , just a little bit dissapointed."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Chapter One offers a very good lunch serving high quality food at a reasonable price. The food is both tasty and well presented with a good choice of meals both on the value menu and the a la carte."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "This was a birthday meal and therefore a special occasion which we both enjoyed. The food really was excellent."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Food at Chapter One was up to their usual high standard in terms of innovation, taste and presentation. However, although the restaurant was not especially busy for a Saturday lunchtime, the service when we were first seated was well below the standard normally delivered - unusually long wait for meus etc and then we waited 20 mins for part of our drinks order to be served and no apology when it finally arrived. Once the food was ordered, however, things picked up and service was back to the usual high standard."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Chapter One and it was another fantastic experience. Delicious food, brilliant service and a very pleasant atmosphere. For me, the desserts were outstanding. And for the quality of the food, the prices are very reasonable. Will be returning again soon!"
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "The lunch offer of 2 courses for £15.95 or 3 courses for £19.95 is a great deal."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Services was outstanding, they went out of there way to accommodate my husbands who is gluten free."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding food at a great price. You would have to pay considerably more for this level of cooking in central London. Highly recommended."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "chapter one never dis-appoints. you are always made to feel welcome and well looked after. the menu is not large but there are some interesting choices and there are always one or two specials. the wine list is good and there is a nice choice or wine and champagne by the glass. tordor looked after us really well and was able to arrange for one of the dishes to be tweaked for me. always a bonus when the chef doesn't mind the odd foible of a customer. the new butter bread was to die for!!! there is a nice amount of room between tables which always adds to the comfort. my favourite local restaurant."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first visit - a very good dining experience - good value for money."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "Chapter One restaurant is always friendly and buzzing. Service is immaculate, the food modern, beautifully presented and flavoursome. Set menu is very good value. They make you feel special, whether it's a celebration or a midweek lunch."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Thank yuo for making our special occasion even more special. Our waiter Iouot was fabulous. He was very attentive, funny and made my parents day. We were celebrating my Mums 78th Birthday. From the food, to the service and the complimentary aparitiff from the Manager Philip, who greeted us on arrival made our half yearly visit to Chapter One such a lovely occasion. Thank you."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Wife and I had lunch on a Saturday. Staff and atmosphere was warm. Some Michelin restaurants have staff with 'stuck up' attitudes Chapter One were NOT like this, it was good. Our waiter was great, a chap from Turkey. Drinks good. Food great - innovative and new flavours. Meal for two with appertif and half bottle of wine all in for £105 - so for a one star Michelin very good value. Would go again and we drove 30 miles to go there."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Always our favourite venue and never disappointing, great for a group of 8 as it is just for two! Lunch menu great value."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Another fantastic lunch at Chapter One. Brilliant food. Excellent service and terrific value. Never leave with sampling the bread basket . . yummy!!"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We were at Chapter One celebrating a retirement. We all chose the Tasting Menu and the food was absolutely delicious as was the wine. Service was excellent and all in all we had a lovely evening."
    dined on 11/06/2014