Chapter One

4.6
4477 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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 four AA rosettes and was recently awarded Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year at the Kent Life Food and Drink Awards. 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 £39.95, 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 £34.95 – the perfect way to round off your weekend.
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p
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Always friendly and professional staff. Good food

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DR
Kent
61 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all welcoming and attentive. The room has been well refurbished and there was a vibrant atmosphere in the full restaurant. The set Sunday Lunch menu covers many tastes from the traditional roast to well cooked vegetarian. The food was well presented with full flavours. We went for our 40th anniversary meal and Chapter One made it a special occasion.

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BD
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was wanting to go here for a long time, but hadn’t got around to it.

I went with my parents and the in-laws. Food was good, but not exceptional. All of us said it was a fair price for what you get.

Only 2 exceptions which I think were quite big. If these two were corrected I think would’ve helped increase the review I’m giving.

1. Two of us shared the apple tart desert. The portions were huge, but all of the apples were burnt, so we couldn’t eat them. There wasn’t enough ice cream or creame fraiche, so we had to eat the pastry dry - not nice.

2. Another desert was brought 20 mins after everyone else’s, so my fiancée had to eat on her own. To be honest, we thought they had forgotten about it until it arrived. When we got the bill, the waiter said ‘what’s the matter?’ And ‘do you want to speak with the manager?’. It might just be me, but we were just fine and didn’t think that was appropriate.

Anyway, on the whole, I think it would actually quite a good experience. Just need a couple of bits ironed out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and service was acceptable. Sat at 12.30pm for lunch and was clear that table was needed back

1x gluten and dairy free diner due to allergy. Menu was very well marked up to indicate what could/could not eat but positive ended there. Very disappointed that kitchen then showed no flexibility in food offered. Any allergen containing components were simply removed and no effort made to substitute. It’s a kitchen, not a buffet. Regularly eat out in UK and further afield, mark of a high quality kitchen is one where they see allergen as an opportunity and not an inconvenience.

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HF
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Already planning my next visit, I booked an early 6:45 slot so it was fairly quiet when we arrived, the staff could not have been more attentive, we ordered the quail and asparagus to start, both divine, we both had the lamb for main which was faultless, the lamb was so tender and delicious. We both ordered the lemon and bee pollen ice cream, the lemon sponge was full of lemony tang, I didn’t get a lot of flavour from the ice cream but the addition of the honeycomb made it a fantastic dish to end on, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and I can’t wait to go back! Thank you for the surprise birthday cake too it was really special

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l
London
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for my husband’s birthday and our 35th wedding anniversary which was earlier in the month. We had the tasting menu with matched wines. Food delicious (as always) and wines perfectly matched - certainly saves trying to choose a bottle that sort of goes with everything. Service as usual friendly and efficient. Looking forward to our next visit in 10 days time! We always enjoy our visits.

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EP
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we arrived until we left, it was a superb evening with excellent food and wine and the service was lovely - not intrusive.

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BO
London
103 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re regulars at ChapterOne but service continues to improve and food remains top class. Wonderful aubergine and pok Choi with the lamb. Great risotto. Distinctive deserts. Good wines by the glass st lunch.

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l
Kent
161 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

chapter one has had a revamp and it looks great. the bar and brasserie area are really nice, the bar particularly. the menu is slightly different was some interesting choices. it never disappoints.

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SS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous - as always. The bread and sides also delicious. We have never had a bad dish at Chapter One. The new refurb is elegant and understated. Service as always was great.

Would be nice to have dessert options without nuts on the set menu. Disappointed the chef has stopped doing his lovely buttered carrots - they were never on the menu, but have requested them on many occasions, but not anymore!

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LA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Spring menu

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KG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, very impressed by choice and quality of courses on fixed price menu enjoyed in a near-full but quiet restaurant. Excellent service, attentive but unobtrusive.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new look, the service was on point, the food was fabulous especially the roast cod.

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OT
London
53 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends birthday

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PH
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great attention by the team, cocktails to die for and wonderful food.

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. can't fault this place.

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KW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. I’d recommend to all.

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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good to see a restaurant with old fashioned service. Excellent fresh decor too.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Foods always been good but place lacks atmosphere quite soul less in there! Thought I would try again since renovations but just the same, shame as food is very good and service definitely friendlier than used to be!

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N
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. The starter, main and dessert cannot be faulted. It was a taste sensation! The butter chicken was the best I have ever tasted and was beautifully tender.

My only criticism would be value for money. It is pricey for a lunchtime menu and even beats West End prices.

Saying that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and look forward to returning to Chapter One very soon.

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KP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and services were great and attentive, the prices are very high for what is essentially just traditional food and wine. However that is made up by the staffing.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch for my parents on father’s birthday-Chapter One never fails even with the lunchtime deal which is great value

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JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyable - the lunch menu is very good value.

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DT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for the excellent value set menu lunch, made even better value during the Spring promotion. The food was up to the usual superb standard, although my wife wasn't overwhelmed by the chocolate mousse dessert. The ambience was lovely, and we like the recent refurb. The only gripe was that for some reason there was a hitch in the kitchen and we had a long wait for our main course. The restaurant serving staff were very apologetic, and my 3 star rating for service does not reflect their efforts which were impeccable. The maitre d' kindly gave us complimentary wine as compensation. Our experience will not stop us returning to what remains the best (and best value) restaurant outside Central London.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice ambience for a Monday evening, we both ordered Duck only to be told ‘no duck’ and not advised beforehand. Very good service otherwise and the food was exemplary. 2 set meals plus four individual drinks £157 inc service so not cheap.

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Z
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We dined at Chapter One for our Anniversary a couple of weeks ago. As always the food was outstanding as was the service. They marked our celebration with a complimentary cupcake on a plate saying Happy Anniversary which was a lovely touch.

The only reason I haven't given them a score of 5 was because I felt there was no atmosphere. Not sure if it was because it was a Monday night and not as many guests but it felt a little "flat" in the room.

Overall, it was a great evening and I will be returning.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. The creme brulee was the best I have ever tasted and the homemade petits fours with coffee, were not only a wonderful touch but were also absolutely delicious. There were plenty of waiting staff, who were not only very attentive, but also knowledgeable about the dishes and wines. The Menu du Jour was excellent value for money.

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TL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding and the atmosphere was very buzzy. Can’t wait to visit again!

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for a celebration meal. Have already recommended to my friends.

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H
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent birthday lunch! Lovely food, friendly and efficient service! Will return soon!

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M
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Spring menu was excellent. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, not been for a while but it has definitely improved and would highly recommend

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All if good! Just disappointed that I specifically mentioned in my reservation that it was my husband’s birthday and requested a dessert plate but nothing came out. Although the waiters are super attentive!

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ST
London
39 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Three course Sunday offer is still good value for money especially as the food quality seems to have improved.

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R
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good once again only moan was there having work done and the lights were dim then bright all night and an absolute pain

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BH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as always, was delicious and the price of the Menu du Jour very reasonable for the quality (would have been even more reasonable had we gone the day before and taken advantage of one of Chapter One's frequent offers - bad timing of our anniversary!) The room was agreeably quieter than usual - have they managed to improve the acoustics or was it just due to the fact that not all tables were occupied when we arrived? Wine list extensive but mostly extortionately priced; there's usually one or two that don't require a second mortgage but a good house wine at something south of £20 would be a great addition.

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GM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointed the main meal my wife ordered was no longer available. We were not told this when given menus. Service a little slow especially as the restaurant was not very busy. Not keen on the new decor rather cold ambience.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Brilliant service unfortunately the food is not as adventurous as it used to be. Still a pleasurable experience

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DB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I treated my sister-in-law to lunch for her birthday. The food was tasty and well presented. The restaurant has been nicely refurbished and is bright airy and comfortable.
I love this restaurant and often come here for lunch and the odd evening meal. The special offers are good especialkt the lunch menu.
No doubt I will be returning in the near future.

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything 10/10. The food was unreal and service was fantastic!

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