Chapter One

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Modern European
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.

Private Dining

If you’re looking for a truly distinctive experience, our recently refurbished private dining room is ideal. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception a dinner party or a corporate event, your guests will enjoy excellent cuisine in exclusive surroundings.

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Special Offers

Menu du jour: 2 courses £19.95

...from a set menu (3 courses £22.95).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 3 February 2020

Ends: 30 April 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30

2 courses £34.95

...from the a la carte menu (3 courses £37.95).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 3 February 2020

Ends: 30 April 2020

Availability: Sun 18:30-21:00
Mon-Wed 12:00-14:30 18:30-21:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 9:00PM

What 4813 People Are Saying
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MS
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant but becoming expensive now! Somehow the price is creeping up. Lovely place but can’t do it regularly. The staff are amazing!

JF
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience of my life. The only thing they were good at was being outrageously rude.

l
Kent
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Staff are very friendly and attentive. The whole meal was beautifully presented with top quality ingredients being cooked to perfection. Wine list is extensive with something to suit most budgets with a very good sommelier who is happy to guide you if you wish. Could not fault a thing about our whole experience.

GT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great, service exceptional, made a special occasion really special

TR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is nice but some of the staff just ignored you while serving, especially when we were paying

s
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Everything about this resturant is Excellent, the food and the service , all staff very helpful and attentive , I was asked if we were there for a special occasion and I said it had been my birthday that week , at the end of the meal a large plate was bought to our table with happy birthday written in chocolate and a cupcake with a lit candle in it , lovely touch , would highly recommend for Sunday lunch

GR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an excellent meal and service.xxxxxxxxxx

l
Kent
180 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

chapter one locksbottom maintains a very good standard of both food and service. the closed in patio now offers an extra large area for eating or drinking. the menu is not overly large but offers interesting choices, some of which are not available else where. well worth a visit.

EA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very attentive and pleasant. Food was of a very high standard and surprisingly in reasonable size quantities.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food at a fair price. We had dinner in the main restaurant.
All the food was really tasty using seasonal ingredients. Our artichoke soup had an intensity and punch that hit the spot igniting the taste buds while its creamy texture felt satisfying. We had a variety of different meats which were all beautifully cooked with sides that complemented the meat with some fun twists but without going too far. (I like experimenting with food, but sometimes it seems that chefs cook to show off or experiment rather than for the customer to really enjoy it). We had a blood orange cake for dessert which had a fine grained texture with blood orange jellies on the side - again a great intensity and array of textures.
Good wine options were available. Staff were friendly and professional. I like Chapter One as it provides an atmosphere which lends itself to a sense of occasion, while remaining friendly and in no way stuffy. The food is great and for what you get (it is fine dining) the price seems fair.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and service were excellent. Food was outstanding. Fantastic evening.

GP
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great food and better service we can’t wait to go back again.

MW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The lunch was very expensive and the food was very disappointing. I have been here and eaten for years and this was the first time I have ever not been able to eat my food. I have always loved the food in Chapter One but today was very disappointing. Service still great

K
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great end to a birthday. We had the 3 course meal and now we will be full for a week! The food tasted so fresh. The service was fantastic. Would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions!

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our second visit for lunch after being very impressed at a lunch with a guest on what we thought was a busy day, a Saturday at end November. Though a Friday and a booking as late (so we thought) of 2.45, restaurant really busy, and not surprising considering the excellent attentive and unhurried service. Good food, we had the set lunch, perfectly tasty and main course was fresh and a good portion.
Our pilgrimage trips to the Hither Green cemetery twice a year for anniversaries of deceased parents near to Bromley area where I was brought up are special, and we are so glad to have found Chapter One to complete our reflective and memorable day. Thank you. We will return.

SW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super food and excellent service. Overall a lovely experience.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, so many different tastes on each plate and exquisitely done. We love the place because all the staff are so friendly and welcoming and make you feel really special. We visit at least twice a year and are never disappointed. Just wish we were a bit nearer! Thank you for making our anniversary a wonderful celebration, especially as you were unaware at the time of booking! Keep up the good work.

RB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, thank you for a great night out.

KT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was stunning! A must for any special occasion.

JJ
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fodd exquisite, staff and service excellent - what more could anyone else want?

JP
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I used to love coming here - but the food was definitely lack-luster. The food choice was limited. In fact, the tastiest thing on the menu were the bread rolls at the beginning and the bottle of wine we ordered, which was delicious.
We were greeted warmly by the hostess, but our waiters were snooty to the point of rude. These guys can make or break an evening and they definitely broke ours. Nothing was explained and no other options were offered to us. We had taken our friends after telling them what fantastic food we had eaten there - we were all left disappointed.
Sadly, this is a restaurant that has gone downhill.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food as expected. Excellent staff. Drinks were on table seconds after ordering. Excellent value for money for the Sunday lunch menu

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bagpipe player took away from the experience rather than added! Thankfully only walked through twice but noise was deafening! Check bill as we were charged for a three course and a two course but only had. A main and a two course ...difference of about £35! Fantastic service though and somewhere special for a treat.

l
Kent
180 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we went to the burns night evening so a five course meal with a scottish flavour. loved the first four courses but disappointed in the tunnocks tea cakes 'cos they weren't really!! the final desert course was lovely but for me, too rich. however a lovely experience and well worht going. the staff are always so lovely and make one feel so very welcome.

MW
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us thoroughly enjoyed our three course lunch. Every course for each of us delivered way above expectation both in terms of flavour and look. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable and we were very well looked after. A very happy experience indeed!

n
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was just a shame it was a bit cold in there! Otherwise divine!

s
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly but professional. Very enjoyable food. A very nice restaurant on our doorstep. We made the booking as a treat for our son and new fiancée down from Liverpool and an acknowledgement was made with a tiny cake and chocolate 'congrats' written on the plate. A nice' unexpected touch ' thank you. Would definitely come again. PS have been before !!

RB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a very gastronomic £26 88 ? menu matched the celebration we wish to make for my husbands 84th Birthday-service excellent food delicious wine a 23 Macedonian very palatable

MP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value for money, good quality meat and good atmosphere

DH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Great food , service and quality. Went on a Sunday for the set menu and great value . Only thing I would say is maybe a few more choices as wife is Vegetarian and not mad on fish so left 1 starter and 1 main course but thoroughly enjoyed what she did have. Love this restaurant.

DJ
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and cooking on a par with the very best in Central London itself. Parking however is a bit of a problem if not exciting!!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went on a Saturday evening. Was nicely busy and service was good. The food and wine were excellent. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion. My only criticism is they like to re-fill your wine glass and we would prefer to be left to pour our own.

R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visited for a small birthday lunch. The set menu had a good choice. The portion sizes were modest, but that was fine. The food and plates could have been hotter, a common complaint for most restaurants we visits. Nevertheless the food was nicely presented and tasty.

The restaurant was full with a good ambience, if a little loud at times.

The restaurant was well staffed and they were all very good. - polite and friendly.

We enjoyed our mocktails in the bar beforehand.

Overall it was a very good experience.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good but the portions were very small

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ambience excellent. Menu good, two set menus to choose from. Staff very pleasant and attentive.
Disappointed with the cheese board. Minuscule portion and not a great selection. A local/British chessboard wins every time.
In fact if given the choice local produce wins the day.

w
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Business lunch, excellent service and very good value. Best restaurant in the area

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First impressions always set up the evening ... two beautiful kir royale s arrived ... best we have ever drunk !
Food wonderful... Had to slow them down as we were having fun .

H
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food with great service. Set menu limited choice but well presented

RC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as usual the best in the area, the staff attentive and friendly. The atmosphere superb. Cannot praise it highly enough. It is find dining but with good sized portions. Came away very happy.

OT
Kent
44 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had the Sunday lumch menu and the choices were very good. I chose for main the fish and it was very tasty.
The only thing I found this time was the courses were served too quickly, I would have prefered a few more minutes between each course