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Chapter One

4.6
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5034 reviews
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£41 and over
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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.
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5034 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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stupot
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and service. Main course choice a bit too limited.
Excellent table spacing. Cosy but spacious at the same time.

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JuliaJ
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great ambience and very attentive service - thank you

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CharlieA
Kent
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Restaurant always had good food with super value on its special menus. The food is still very good but the quality / price value has gone completely. For Quality / Price, their Menu du Jour (with wine and water) is not a patch on the likes of Le Gavroche.

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JillP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful atmosphere, great food, lovely staff. What's not to like. Chapter One always provides a great experience.

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Nashers
Kent
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with friendly staff. Lovely surroundings, which have recently been refurbished. Well worth a visit.

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maryrichandsand
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch at Chapter One! What a menu to chose from. Apart from the Roast Beef, which is now standard on all Sunday menus, there were two very interesting fish dishes, Venison prepared in two ways and an interesting Pasta option. But all that came after a great choice of interesting 'starters' of gigantic proportions and then followed by hearty desserts. All for £34.95 and washed down by glasses of well matured wines !Wow! What value, in a relatively 'high end' restaurant!
We here in South East London are fortunate to have a restaurant of such class and competence. Let's enjoy it! We will certainly return

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MariaMaria
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was perfect and the staff were very accommodating.

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vipMunners
London
36 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn't been to Chapter One for more than a decade and was worried it may have gone off the boil.
I was not disappointed.

It is still excellent and a brilliant place to go for my wife's birthday.
Fantastic food, attentive and informed service and a lovely relaxed ambiance.
They have also managed the COVID crap very well and run a tight ship.

EXCELLENT.
The Ox Cheek Strozzapretti was particularly divine.

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KatieH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and service as always, another fantastic meal at Chapter One

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RichardB
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic night out with great food super attentive staff amazing venue and overall atmosphere

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Srocc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The menu du jour munch menu was excellent value and had seriously good food choices. I was disappointed with our arrival as I was told they didn't have my booking. It turned out the waiter couldn't understand my surname through the masks (a real problem). Eventually I found my name was on the list. I knew this as I'd got a confirmation email the day before. The ambience was just right - a little quiet noise and a good level of diners, but not overcrowded. I thought the wines by the glass list could have been a bit bigger. I didn't look at the coravin list as I needed a Q thing and I don't have one. We hope we can come back for another lovely lunch before the government shuts down more great restaurants.

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PETERG
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance

Had to wait a little too long for the mains and the attention from the waiters was always a little late on topping up empty glasses

Had a starter that should have had croutons but did not.

Asked the waiter to rectify. Croutons were provided but were accompanied by the waiter trying to convince both of us they were there in the first place which was unnecessary

The restaurant manager rectified matters with a free cheese course.
She was very good.

Thank you

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Cathyh
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great restaurant for a special celebration. The food is always very good and the staff are attentive without being intrusive. Selection of wines very good.

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RobinH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service as good as ever under Covid 19 rules. Felt safe and enjoyed the night.

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Subu
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice to have a cocktail in the bar before our meal they were amazing.we had a table for two.The leek and potato soup was so tasty in small cup.We Had Sole for our main which was a mixture of battered and baked Sole with duchess potatoes .Just the right amount.The dessert was apple with sorbet and a crispy layer. So good.
The waiter was very attentive.Unfortuately there was a middle aged couple who was a doctor and his wife,both at different times having very loud conversations on the mobile.Not just one but two.If I did have a call my phone would be on silent and I would take the call outside somewhere.This did spoil things for my husbands Birthday treat.
Everything else was great.

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Husker
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome. Outstanding service, well looked after by the waiters.
Exquisite food, perfectly cooked and presented beautifully.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual great experience, never a let down.

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HenryDavies
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Haven't been here for a while, but pleasantly surprised. Had a drink in the bar, which was nice considering all the restrictions right now. Our table felt a little too near the kitchen, but the food was great; excellent service; and maybe it's the novelty of being out, but it felt like a really lovely experience.

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hollyhock
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable visit as usual. Food and service up to your usual standard.

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Maxe
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is tasteful and proportions are good. The room was full and it can get a little noisy but overall the experience remains nice.

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BobS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Despite the "virus" conditions inflicted the welcome was excellent, the following service friendly and efficient. The food exceptional. The only downside being that the restaurant was a little noisy - but that must change with the clientele from time to time. Overall - excellent

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RobertP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

JUST WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED TO EXPECT FROM OUR REGULAR CHOICE FOR

ANY "SPECIAL OCCASIONS"

Hoping for a table for next week!

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lizK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food would highly recommend to friends. Service very good

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SimoneF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chapter One never fails - have been going for years - constantly brilliant in every way!

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GavinM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we were greeted at the front door until we were waved goodbye we experienced nothing but excellent service, fabulous food and helpful staff. The tables were well spaced out and the serving staff were meticulous with cleaning their hands every time they served some dishes at your table. Not a cheap evening but definitely and experience to be repeated.

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Dangerich
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Still a nice place to eat regardless of the pandemic, although it wasn’t clear when booking only one set menu available to order from.

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SusanG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good as always , looking forward to my next visit

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Roonster
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

66th birthday..

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vipcompliantpete
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An anniversary meal. Very safe COVID environment. Tables well spaced apart. Front of house and waiters all very friendly. Food, as always, was excellent and the plum soufflé was to die for!

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KeithM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strange times to eat out with regard to masks etc. But great service and food as usual. Magnifique.

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ShelleyM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Covid rules make no sense. Prices hugely inflated. Do not cater at all for children. Choice of two menus, both extoriationly overpriced, not able to order just one dish anymore. Bottle of Pinot Grgio £31! Won't be rushing back. Used to be value for money. Not anymore.

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Leachy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual excellent service and food. Would highly recommend

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Bobba
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with Covid precautions

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GeoffreyK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten several times at Chapter One. We were pleased that the restaurant was quite busy with well separated tables. Excellent food as always and nicely presented. We were there for lunch with a friend.

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Stephen
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seems to be suffering a bit from the effects of the current crisis. Food not as good as we have had here before.

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vipBangwizz
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice and attentive welcome received. Waiters attentiveness and progress to order taking not so great. Starter was great, main course was the steak which had a few to many bad bits for the price. Unfortunately we didn't like any of the desserts but that is a personal choice, I think many people would love the desserts, they looked great but I would stay away from the blackberry soufflé (no idea why it is served with lemon sorbet). Waiter was a bit haphazard, not attentive, not great with the wine, just threw the cork in the ice bucket for example. After the main course no one came and removed the breadcrumbs from the table, very small and simple thibg and certainly expected at this price. The room is very blank in the corner where we were seated.

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RogerC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the circumstances, we were a little concerned to make our annual visit to celebrate my wife's birthday. We are very glad we attended and felt that Chapter One had pulled out all the stops to make the restaurant a safe environment.

Of course, we always expect an excellent meal at Chapter One and that is exactly what we received.

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beno
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely food, lovely restaurant. Very pleasant staff, maybe some need more guidance on how to work within existing guidelines.

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Lynn
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are very professional and we have had enjoyable evenings and hope many more to come we recently arranged a cake for a birthday and it was all arranged well and the cake was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chapter one never disappoints. Although the Covid is on the increase, we knew that they would have made proper arrangements, so had no hesitation in booking, even though we are both over 70. We were not disappointed as they had taken all necessary precautions.

The food as usual was excellent and they had produced a set 3 course dinner menu with plenty of choices for each course, at a very reasonable price. The service was top notch, we received a good welcome when we arrived and the restaurants decor is perfect for a relaxing evening.

Haven’t been out much lately, but the Chapter One dinner experience was well worth waiting for!

FAQs

Chapter One is rated 4.6 stars by 5034 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.