Chapter One

4.6
5136 reviews
£41 and over
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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5136 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Outinbromley
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks excellent, service good but didn’t bring side dishes with main course and had to ask for it.

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MattL
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Highly recommend! A great local restaurant which feels like central London service.

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Jenny
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was for an anniversary and birthday. Parent loved the experience. Food was amazing and service from staff was friendly and personal.

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KaraD
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as usual. The post dinner cocktails were also so good. Mai Thai was really lovely.

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Penneth
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very poor service, quick to bring food, in fact too quick, but so slow with drinks, sitting with empty glasses for ages, had to repeatedly signal to waiter.

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Janed
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu du jour. Short but appealing, and fresh for summer weather. Lovely baby veg and very well cooked skate and pork.

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norman
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable as ever. Food great, and service impeccable

DB
DenisB
Kent
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really nice restaurant with excellent food and very good service. Recommend highly.

DH
DavidH
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always , great service , great drinks and just love this restaurant.....
Highly recommend.

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Dannyj1092
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always atmosphere and food were great a very enjoyable afternoon

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FoodieI
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible birthday meal. Each course was delicious and the flavours were amazing-who know broccoli purée could taste so good :)

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glamnan
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have eaten here many times before and were greeted very nicely on arrival . Unfortunately we were seated at the back of the restaurant much to my dismay . The service and food were excellent , but unfortunately our evening was spoilt by a very loud boastful man on the next table. I know it was not the restaurants fault but it did spoil our evening and we left earlier than planned.

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Tony
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, with excellent service

We had a great time

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Goldfish1958
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding first experience of this restaurant - perfect service, phenomenal food and a really good atmosphere for date night

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Paul1
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent experience as always - consistently first class .

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vipfoodanddrink
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food as usual very good but limited selection of bread and no extras despite the £60 cost per person. Service is not very responsive and somewhat impersonal. No interest in helping select wine other than told to scan the icon (and no offer to help). Good choice if the food drives your decision and you are less concerned about attention and ambience.

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SJW40
Kent
58 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back and find Chapter One as good as ever

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viplizzie
Kent
185 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is lovely to be back at Chapter One.
The menu has changed and there is an interesting choice. The cocktails are fun to try. One nice thing is to see so many of the same staff. Lovey and friendly.
A souffle as a dessert option. Wonderful!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit for over a year due to lockdowns. The food and service was as good as it always was. Great to be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The usual good service and food

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MonicaW
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Tasty food but overpriced! Quite noisy even without background music! I would actually say it’s a bit stiff and pompous!

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vippaulg
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a fantastic setting

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
51 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good to bbe back. Went for Sunday lunch which was a set menu. Good value for money. I recommend the Guinea Fowl as a main course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
56 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Special thanks to ‘Joe’ our wonderful waiter. He really looked afterwards.

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MarkP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliably good food and service. I wish there were more places like Chapter One in Kent.

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AshleyP
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Best special night out dining in the Bromley area.

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KGJP
Kent
18 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and value for money. Chapter INE never disappoints. Well worth the drive.

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foodie
London
30 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Has a lovely meal. Very good value for the money.

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RobertP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

CH 1 is our go-to destination for really special family occasions. We are never disappointed ! Excellent food beautifully presented by courteous and friendly staff in a pleasant environment - what more could you want?

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JVdiner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and delicious food, would recommend.

JR
JaneR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The substantial lunchtime price hike will possibly reduce bookings in a competitive market. However, the ambience is good and the extras like the breads and petit fours welcome. The ambience is pleasant though the room can become noisy when full. We had an early booking and were glad of that.

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Saoirse
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was disappointing to be seated so close to so many people in a half empty restaurant. Having lots of people serving the table made our meal disjointed.

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GillianW
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambience, great service and delicious food. It was wonderful to be back.

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ElizabethD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, tables distanced well and waiters absolutely charming

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Mehari
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Really pleased to be back at Chapter One for lunch. However the price of the menu de jour has increased significantly and we felt the service fell short of their usual high standards. The choice of dishes were limited but the standard good.

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davidh
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for years to Chapter 1 it always a treat in every way -look forward to going back

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KimballO
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The a la carte menu is excellent. Small but perfectly formed! Unusual combinations that tempt you to try everything!
Service just right.

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SusanT
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately there were 4 of us and we ordered our starters to be told they had run out of mackerel so we had the fish cake which was nice.3of us ordered the monkfish and the other one ordered the pork we were then told they had neither!!! And if we were earlier we could have had them then ordered another drink at 5.15 to be told the bar had shut very dissatisfied we have been going there for 40 years and the worst experience ever

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MichelleM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, the food is amazing - Andrew McLeish is a genius in the kitchen. The staff are attentive without being OTT & the atmosphere is lovely & relaxing. Perfect for a special occasion

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SarahW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful meal at C1.

Service and food were exemplary.

It was great to be out again and the staff could not have been more welcoming, friendly and attentive.

FAQs

Chapter One is rated 4.6 stars by 5136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.