Michelin-starred restaurant Chapter One rivals the top restaurants in London with exquisite service, and some of the most flavoursome food out there. Situated in Kent, just outside of London, in a stunning Victorian building, with delightful neutral decor Chapter One is more than suitable for both lunch and dinner, and I headed over there to try out the lunch menu.
Quality is the most important thing to head chef, Andrew McLeish, who has been at the helm of this adventure for over twelve years now, and he sources a large percentage of the food served at the restaurant locally. The fish used is caught by day boats only, which having for my main course, I can state is delicious, and he also shoots deer for the venison at Chapter One, but don’t worry, there’s always a very strict season which determines when you can shoot, what breed and what sex.
The choice of food is outstanding, and the pricing is even better with a selection from the al a carte or a smaller locally sourced Kent based menu. The wine list would rival many, but the Sommelier is always on hand to point you in the right direction if you find yourself, much like I did, a little bewildered by the difference between Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs.
The cheese selection available for desert is so extensive I could well been choosing from my local specialist cheese display in a fine end supermarket. The desert menu pleases your palette greatly, and the desert wine even more so. I certainly didn’t want my Banana Delice with Caramelised White Chocolate to ever come to an end, despite the fact I was more than bursting at the seams!
Chapter One offers some of the greatest locally sourced food around, and every attention to detail certainly does not go amiss when the flavour of the food hit your taste buds. It’ll have you wanting more time and time again.
Disclaimer: This was offered to me by their lovely PR team.