Chapter One

4.6
5077 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 5077 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GavinM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as usual, service very attentive and good adherence to Covid regulations with the tables well spaced out, the staff wearing masks all the time and the individual greeting at the door with hand-gel dispenser at hand. Chapter One is where you go for a special meal (unless you are very lucky and can afford to eat there every day!!) and they do make it feel special.
1 small slip up on our recent visit was that we asked for some extra bread when they brought the main course but it didn't arrive until we had almost finished. By the way some of the bread was the most fantastic I have ever tasted - 1/2 way between sourdough and a freshly cooked doughnut - delicious.
We'll be back soon.

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LeonardD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good as usual,especially under difficult circumstances. Will be back as soon as possible

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vipGill
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu offered a good choice. We went for the Christmas Menu which was good value for 4 courses. The meal was excellent.

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Roonster
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was up to standard.

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vipNicolaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maintaining high standards even in the face of current challenges. Food was delicious, staff welcoming and efficient.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Ambiance, food, table location and service perfect. Just what was needed to celebrate mine and my husband’s birthday.
Thank you

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HeatherI
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to come to Chapter One. Fine dining without being pretentious. 3 course set menu good value considering how good the food is.

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MrAitch
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, great value and the usual friendly service from the excellent staff. Impeccable safety standards from the staff. Puts many west end venues to shame.

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Midas
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening, very pleasant atmosphere, spacious airy dining room, excellent service . A welcome break In these anxious times.

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AnnabelE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Would have liked the option to have 2 courses rather than 3 as don’t normally eat 3. All desserts had alcohol in which was the only shame. Other than that was delicious

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PaulB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice meal in a very pleasant atmosphere at Chapter One last Thursday. We felt good attention was taken to the virus regulations and enjoyed our dinner very much.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyable meal as always, slightly different due to COVID, but overall my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it as we always do.

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DavidN
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid aware. Set Xmas Lunch menu. Christmas began today for us Lovely food in lovely restaurant. Such a treat before no doubt we go into tier 3 restrictions next week.

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Ladieswotlunch
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit this autumn! We love it here. Food always first class and service excellent!
Would strongly recommend!

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DeeG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous Sunday lunch friendly helpful staff managing COVID to the highest level.

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JulesB
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely service
The food was prompt and delicious

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Bromley
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every mouthful was delicious. Very satisfied.

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GaryD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very excellent, although the selection of bread wasn’t up to its usual standard and wasn’t warm, I don’t know if the COVID rules were the reason for this.
Other than that we had a great meal.

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vipMitzi
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class! Will be back 😍

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Hilsawayo
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Christmas dinner was well presented and excellent value but sprouts were very hard and food was not as hot as I would have liked. However it was a good selection of goodies on my plate. We shared a Christmas pudding. We decided it was the best Christmas pudding we had ever had and plenty for two of a small appetite. We would go again.1

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Xmas lunch

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ILLYAA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, very good service, fabulous food. Recommend!

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Outinbromley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good to get out after lock down and chapter one didn’t disappointment, excellent food and good service. A great way to celebrate the start of Christmas.

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NicolaG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food but never really caters much for vegetarians

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LocalL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely to be back at Chapter One for a belated anniversary dinner. Food was delicious as always and staff really happy to be back.

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DanielW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with outstanding food and service.

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Ladieswotlunch
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch. Always comes up to expectations! Excellent service.
Looking forward to the next time.

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RosemaryT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, cuisine and ambiance. Well informed waiter and every care taken to keep clients safe.

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JanieG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch to celebrate a birthday. The service and food were both excellent, can’t wait to go back again

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foodie
London
28 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely birthday meal. All precautions were taken and we felt at ease in the restaurant.

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vipLindsayG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only restaurant in the area that feel like being up town. Professional but friendly staff.
Social distancing easy

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For special occasions Chapter 1 cannot be beaten, the service, ambience and food is outstanding, the attention of the staff is first class. Been there several times before and will no doubt go again (Boris Johnson allowing)

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mikecorr
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local, exceptional, delicious, a rather special place.

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weathers17
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch. Perfect setting. Perfect service. Perfect fish.
Tables very well spaced apart and we felt very safe.

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malcolm
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All tables well spaced out and felt comfortable. Food and service was good as always.

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Lequid
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chapter One does so well. Food and service both excellent, they have accommodated social distancing with no problem at all. The restaurant feels a safe, warm, friendly place to be. Highly recommended.

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DianeM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch here, would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
49 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to go back. Sunday lunch was yummy. Especially enjoyed the jeruselem artichoke starter and the seabass main. Chose the brownie for dessert and although tasty a bit too chocolatey for me.
Will be back soon

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GeeGee
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Been here once before, first meal out since lockdown. Restaurant made us feel very safe with their COVID system in place.

Food, sorry to say nothing exciting, nice, but nothing which makes me want to rush back. My starter, smoked belly of pork, roast quail, quail scotch egg, black pudding - nice, don’t remember seeing the black pudding. My main was Oxtail, enjoyable, however think it lacked seasoning.

Partner also had oxtail and thought his was more fat than meat. He too thought his meal, including starter lacked seasoning.

Big put off was paying for three course meal, £51, then having to buy vegetables....if a set price, why not include vegetables....£3.95 per dish additional....

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Chapter One is rated 4.6 stars by 5077 OpenTable diners.

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