McLeish Unveils Major Refurb Plans for a Modern Approach at Chapter One

Award-winning restaurant Chapter One in Orpington, Kent, closed its doors on January 2nd 2019 for a major six-figure refurbishment which will see chef-patron Andrew McLeish and business partner Marcel Faulstich unveil a more modern approach with greater variety and quality when they reopen in February. The new opening will also see a number of recruitment opportunities for both kitchen and Front of House staff.

Building on the site’s history as a popular place to dine and entertain since the 1930s, the new playful and confident interior created by Sherliker Design, whose clients include the French Laundry, RAC Club and the Corinthia Hotel, is inspired by the sophisticated elegance and convivial atmosphere of a bygone era. Stylish Art Deco influences and luxury furnishings include a bespoke reclaimed wood reception desk, monochrome sunburst design flooring and an eye-catching bar made from Portuguese pink marble. A relaxed all-weather terrace with comfy banquette seating will feature a retractable roof and outdoor heating for year-round dining.

Chapter 1 Refurb 2In the kitchen, McLeish and his team led by head chef Dean Ferguson will continue to offer exceptional quality with regularly changing, seasonally-inspired modern European cooking. Classic dishes like Gin Cured Trout, Josper Grilled Australian Grain Fed Rib Eye Steak and Tarte Tatin will be served in the restaurant where a refined dining experience offers the ideal setting for special occasions and corporate entertaining with a choice of à la carte, menu du jour and a 5-course tasting menus. To complement the atmosphere of the new buzzy brasserie, there will be an informal menu of ‘favourites’ like burgers, battered cod and chips and bespoke house cocktails by mixologist Robert Cuvala.

Chapter One’s relaunch is the first major development since Andrew and Marcel Faulstich took ownership of the restaurant in August 2017. Having been a part of Chapter One’s story for nearly 20 years, Andrew is excited about breathing new life into the restaurant, he says, “The relaunch is an opportunity to showcase the versatility of Chapter One’s offering. Whether it’s entertaining clients, celebrations in the private dining room, a quick lunch in the brasserie or cocktails on the Terrace, our aim is to create an enjoyable and memorable experience with plenty of choice, fantastic service and quality that guests can depend on.

“Every element of the customer experience has been considered and we’re confident that the new Chapter One will bring something fresh and vibrant to the scene.”

Chapter One reopens in February 2019. For more information visit To pre-book a table contact or call 01689 854 848.