The three-AA-rosette-awarded Chapter One in Orpington first opened over 20 years ago. Since that time, the restaurant has gained a reputation as one of Kent’s best dining spots. Following a major refurbishment in early 2019, Chapter One relaunched with a more modern approach, tempting guests with greater variety and quality. Under the direction of acclaimed chef Andrew McLeish, modern European cuisine is available in two formats. In the restaurant, sophisticated seasonal dishes are served in a refined setting with a weekly changing three-course lunch menu priced at £26.95, a seasonally inspired seven-course tasting menu, and an à la carte option. Exciting dishes include gin-cured chalk stream trout with compressed cucumber, dill and yoghurt dressing, and braised shoulder and roast rump of lamb with grilled aubergine, tahini yoghurt and lamb jus – perfect for special occasions and corporate dining.
In the more informal brasserie, a selection of favourites are cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients including Josper-grilled burgers, steaks, chicken Milanese and fish and chips. Creative culinary experiences are available throughout the year with one-of-a-kind gourmet nights and cooking masterclasses like pasta-making. The drinks offering is as exciting as the food – the wine list has received the AA Notable Wine List accolade. An impressive selection of signature and classic cocktails prepared by the head mixologist can be enjoyed at your table, or in the stylish bar area where drinks are served until midnight.
Building on the site’s history as a popular place to dine and entertain since the 1930s, the playful and confident interior is inspired by the elegance and convivial atmosphere of a bygone era. Stylish Art Deco influences, vibrant decor, and deeply comfortable furniture provide a luxurious experience. On the first floor, a private dining room is available for intimate and elegant corporate and private events including wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversaries. Chapter One is a place to relax and enjoy whatever the occasion. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Chapter One is conveniently located in central Orpington, close to the M25 and Orpington train station. There’s also plenty of on-site car parking available.