Chapter One

4.6
4560 reviews
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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t
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good value lunch and excellent food. We all enjoyed ourselves. Well done to chapter one!

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SA
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks, and decently priced! Loved it!

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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service fantastic with a great lunvh time atmosphere

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The evening was for both my daughter's birthdays. Food was lovely and the sevice was good up to the last part of the evening,where our waitress was hovering around our table obviously wanting to get finished and at one point asked my daughter if she had finished her desert even though she had still had a small amount to finish. Not impressed

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AT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited on Saturday as a change from dining in London. We were not disappointed, the food was cooked exactly how we asked and they were fantastic at catering for my unusual allergies.

The quality and standard of food was inline with a lot of the high end restaurants we visit in London.

The desserts were amazing! And the price was very good! We will definitely be back time and time again.

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l
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food quality was excellent with such taste and consistency

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AG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and well presented. Service was attentive and prompt without being pushy. Atmosphere was pleasant.

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M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, nice atmosphere and nice decor. Would reommend and would go back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service,pleasant food,placed by window as requested, not rushed. Many thanks

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MH
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Amazing service. Great location. I would highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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MK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food is first class and service impeccable and all this in pleasant surroundings with comfortable seating. It is everything a great restaurant should be.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my dad for his 80th birthday. The service was light hearted and responsive. The menu was very interesting and very hard to choose. Both our meals were superb - unusual, very tasty and well presented. Our venison was particularly good. I would highly recommend it.

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DB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Impeccable

As ever, the dishes were outstanding. All of my guests had a superb evening. Stand outs included the compression of pigs head and the rib eye steaks. The service was impeccable without being the least intrusive and in no way rushed. I think we all agreed the desserts could have been a little more imaginative and elaborate in order to hold their own with the starters and mains.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice setting on the terrace outside; great food as always; £210 for two with a bottle of champagne and two glasses

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DC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancy pants with comfortable vibe and atmosphere ..

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening,
Staff super attentive. Good as usual amazing.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a lovely evening, food excellent and the staff attentive without being overbearing. The pressed pigs head was delicious as was the venison. Definitely more dishes to try on the menu.

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D
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, service and ambience. Its a great restaurant that has been tastefully refurbished recently. The set lunch menu is fantastic value with fine dining foid choices. Staff are attentive and efficient. Sunday lunch is better than anywhere I have been. Go- you shouldnt miss this little gem

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AP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good experience overall with excellent drinks and food choices great service and relaxing atmosphere although the noise levels were quite high at times.
Felt the need of some background music/ piano playing in the background as even taking to each other was a bit challenging at times.
In terms of value for money although the food wasn’t too pricey we found the drinks were overcharged for what they were.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever the whole experience is outstanding, food attention and setting all not to be found elsewhere in the area.

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SK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning Sunday lunch menu, special treat for our 18 year olds birthday. Very happy girl. Thank you!

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CM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really delicious family Sunday lunch here. Food was excellent and the service friendly and attentive.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chapter One is the epitome of fine dining and sets a very high bench mark for others to compete against. The food is exquisite, the waiting staff some of the most attentive I have ever had the pleasure of, and the atmosphere has an enjoyable “buzz” without being overbearing.

After the starters (which took very little time to come) my partner and I were waiting for each dish like a child for Santa on Christmas Eve, each time the waiting staff came out with the food we were in awe at what was coming our way with proclamations of “oooo that looks so good” and “woah, that looks amaaaaazing!”, finally the price - we ate from the a la carte menu and at £42.95 per head for 3 courses, it really cannot be sniffed at.

All I can say is that if you have an occasion coming up, any occasion, and are thinking about going to Chapter One - stop thinking and book now!

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MV
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Yet again had very good Value meal with our family, well looked after and incredible new menu! Thank you but please bring back the Pork Belly!!!! X

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a lovely place to eat and drink, the staff are so professional and welcoming.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food but menu hasn’t changed too much in the last few years.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place and service was exceptional. Food was good quality within a pleasant environment.

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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have wanted to eat here for a few years but never got round to it. Didn’t disappoint, food was amazing and the whole experience is something I would recommend. would recommend and will go back again.

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F
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Been coming here for years. Food is always very good. Went for father’s day dinner was disappointed by the service and change in menu. My daughter ordered soup for starters to had to ask the waiter a couple of times for a spoon. The staff do not smile or make eye contact. Even when I went to pay for bill the waiter did not make any eye contact or asked me how the meal was. Since changing ownership I feel it’s gone down not the same as it used to me.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I’ve had in a long time

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ZO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering this was Fathers Day and we were only a couple dining at lunchtime, the restaurant was very busy but we received excellent attention throughout our meal, and so nice to see we’ll behaved smaller children not spoiling my wife’s birthday lunch

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing place - better than a lot of fine dining city restaurants

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CS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We loved the food and had a lovely time. Thd only thing that spoilt our evening was the service. For a restaurant of that quality the service was bad. We had to ask for more drinks. We were kept waiting half an hour for our table with no explaination. The food was incredibly slow compared to other times we have been there. We arrived at 8.45.. Booking for 9 table at 9.30 and no food with only one drink order until 10.30. I would say they need to up their game. Too much competition out there to rest on your laurels.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and service. Our 5 year old ate the kids chocolate fondant in the blink of an eye. The best choc fondant I have ever seen.

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to please. My go to restaurant for lunch dinner and cocktails . Staff are super attentive and very very knowledgable. The sommelier was great too - recommending some wonderful wines to try

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FO
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and one of my favourite restaurants. Really like the layout with plenty of space between each table allowing private conversations and very comfortable.

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MS
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class food, first class service, and wonderfully entertaining waiters.
Would return anytime, really enjoyed our evening.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for husbands birthday- absolutely superb meal and service. Made the event really special. Would highly recommend.

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SJ
Kent
58 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

London quality food but much closer to home.
We were looked after by Maxime who was very professional and provided faultless service.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch set menu in celebration of my friend’s 50th birthday was a very enjoyable experience from start to finish. The food was delicious, beautifully presented, good sized portions. Really enjoyed the pork belly for main course and the creme brûlée was heavenly. The ambiance in the restaurant was very pleasant. As well as the high quality, carefully prepared food, it was the exceptional service from all staff we encountered which made this such an enjoyable meal. Nothing was too much trouble. The impromptu touch of a cupcake with a candle for my friend at the end was much appreciated. I can not recommend Chapter One highly enough.

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