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

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DH
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good but the portions were very small

C
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

EJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a really nice Sunday lunch, with good food, great wine and a friendly atmosphere.
The hopefully constructive criticism I would have, is that we received our first course before I had managed to order the wine and that the Yorkshire puddings were very dry (probably pre-cooked).

MS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Something has changed at Chapter 1. Somehow the portions have got much bigger. Nice but I prefer the older setup. But as usual the food was very good. We will be back. The service is brilliant.

AM
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. If you have yet to pay a visit I suggest you do.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the usual high standard of both food and service at |Chapter One.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is exceptional, by far the best oysters I have ever had, even at the sea side. We arrived an hour early expecting to camp at the bar but got seated straight away. Helpful front of house team, a very enjoyable lunch

HW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening and food delicious, waiters very attentive. Lovely suroundings, but did not like clients using mobile phones at the table.

LK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed good food and service. Slightly disappointed when it came to non alcoholic drink options. Drinks like Seedlip / alcohol free beer selections are now widely available in most places. Low alcohol wines as well. Will return however. Wonderstuff team!

b
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant visit with terrific food. Not "cheap" but good value for an excellent meal.

J
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent New Year’s Day meal. Lovely, festively decorated restaurant. Excellent service from everybody we met. Delicious and plentiful food. The staff were so helpful and friendly and catered to our toddler very well too. My only slight comment for improvement was that the starters and mains came out very quickly and we felt a little rushed. Overall, excellent though and we will be returning.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t understand why they lost a Michelin star a few years ago. Food is still worth it.

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First class as always - the waiter opening our bottle of Bordeaux wine needed some training but rather than that all fantastic! The main waiter did really look after us so well. Recommend

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was quite wonderful. Our waiter was superb - attentive, polite & with a sense of humour.
Loved every second of our visit.
Cannot wait to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel very special, even receiving a slice of Opera Cake and piped ‘Happy Anniversary’ icing at the end of the meal. Delicious food with a festive edge. Lovely wine paring (with gentle consideration of budget).

A very special occasion beautifully marked by this establishment. Thank you very much Chapter One.

PD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch and it's one of the best restaurants outside of London.

They have high chairs to cater for young children as well as a children's menu. Staff was very courteous and attentive from start to finish - they asked us if we wanted to change from a tablespoon to a teaspoon so it was easier for our little boy to eat his dessert, to offering to wash our little boy's own cutlery that was used for his main meal! I've never received such a brilliant service from any other restaurant when dining out with a child. It is this reason that made me write the review as I feel they deserve the praise.

The food was amazing! We ate from the Menu Du Jour and the standards was on par with Michelin dining in central London.

We will definitely be back to try out other dishes from the menu.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately after many visits ,which we have really enjoyed, we booked for my brother ‘s 80 th birthday as thought we could rely on the same.
Started well, drink and order taken, second drink order forgotten, and meal nearly finished before arriving
After reminding them. Again with dessert, asked to see wine list , again forgotten, so went without.
Warm mince pies came immediately, but after a good 10 to 15 minutes had to remind them for coffee,
Came but was Luke warm.
The table beside us, who came in 30 minutes after us had their coffee before us !
Also , on booking , I mentioned the 80 th birthday, noticed a few other tables receiving a little cake as a good gesture, my brother , who had only just come out from hospital received nothing.
I realised this is complimentary, but might have made up for other mistakes.
Sorry to have to send, but feel it should be noted,
Regards, ray Lewis.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Was very expensive but worth the experience. It is worth a trip for a special occasion.

LT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for dinner with my girlfriend on a Sunday night and tge food was delicious and just perfectly cooked and service very professional and friendly, definitely I would recommend

D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Been many times, food always top notch. Service is very patchy and bar service poor. The food is undoubtably Michelin star quality (they used to have a star). The ‘room’ is pleasant and has a good feeling. We were there on the Sunday before christmas, it was very busy but good atmosphere. The bar experience is just plain poor, we arrived stood near the bar, all seats were taken, it took 15 minutes to be offered a drink and then some cocktails were not available and then they got the cocktail order wrong, staff are just not well trained or high quality. The restaurant service was better, but just not professional. The food on the other hand was absolutely top notch. Lovely bread, starters of deconstructed kedgeree and fish terrine were fabulous. Main courses of cod and skate were delicious and beautifully presented. Desserts of custard tart and rum soaked pineapple were superb. Sort the service and it would be five star!

GS
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early Christmas lunch, just the two of us. The ambience was great - everyone enjoying themselves. Service hit the right note - attentive without being intrusive but also very good natured and welcoming . The food, albeit a set menu (with choices) was served promptly and was hot. The quality of the main course was excellent, but that does not detract from the other three courses. Would thoroughly recommend it.

FV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food, but service not as attentive as usual. Maybe because it was very busy just before Christmas, but there seemed to have plenty of staff!

RB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, beautiful décor, wonderful staff and that cheese board - Wow! It was all amazing! Thank you so much.

Q
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Struggled to find anything on the menu ended up going with the Octopus to start which was nice and then the Venison which was so tough I couldn’t eat it. Most disappointing meal I have had at Chapter One and won’t be going back until the menu changes.

D
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had to send main meal back as it was cold and meat very undercooked despite being asked how we would like it done. Head waiter was disengenious and unapologetic. Absolutely no sincerity shown. Service was taken off which was insulting as they should have done more.
Table in front sent all four meals back and side orders which were cold. Says it all.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Four people dined and all four main courses were returned to the kitchen as they were lukewarm when served. The kitchen served new dinners, that were hotter, very quickly. We were not charged for our Prosecco as compensation.

GW
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, beautiful Christmas decorations too. Delicious food, great service at a reasonable price for a special treat. The whole experience was most enjoyable. we shall return.

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, meal and ambiance. Top quality and outstanding cuisine.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent but we didn’t get crackers although others did!

NE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The table we were given was right by the doors which was not great asked to change it but was told no other table was available which was a shame as I booked this ages ago as a special treat for my two friends birthday other than that was a lovely lunch

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Turkey lunch bland, vegetables lacking flavour. Tasted of bulk cooking. Wine excellent