Regular readers will know my love of all things roast. So when mine and the bf’s five year anniversary meal landed on a Sunday and the crucial question of ‘lunch or dinner?’ was posed, the only option for me was Sunday roast at Chapter One.
This Michelin starred restaurant on the outskirts of Bromley in Kent, ran by chef Andrew McLeish, is one of the premier eateries outside of London. You’ll find super attentive staff, clean & crisp decor, and a lounge-bar – order the Cherry and Rhubarb Bellini – which is worth visiting on its own.
The food is super fresh, modern European, with ingredients sourced locally where possible. My starter of chilled pea espuma (no, I hadn’t heard of it either!) was a wonderful surprise, the richness of the egg against the salty pancetta and sweet peas was divine. And Andrew’s dessert of walnut coffee panacotta, which had a real deepness of flavour which you wouldn’t expect from such a light and creamy dish, combined with the ice-cold sweet and tart maple syrup sorbet was really special. As for our mains, I can’t even begin to describe the sheer quality of the beef – ‘melts in the mouth’ would be an understatement. I don’t think either of us has tried a roast beef or steak quite as good – that’s even after I wrote about “the best steak of my life” from alec’s in Essex.
The wine list was not to be sniffed at either, with an extensive selection of grapes, prices, and bottle sizes (important when one of you is driving) we had a tough choice deciding what to go for, in the end the Cotes du Rhone won.
So next time you’re thinking of treating yourself to a special meal, don’t go for dinner in London, try lunch in Locksbottom.
I ordered: Chilled pea espuma, warm poached hen’s egg, pancetta & pea cress
Andrew had: Ham hock terrine, black pudding & apple puree
Holly: Roast air hung sirloin of beef, roast potatoes, red cabbage, green beans & red wine jus
Andrew: Josper grilled USDA rib eye steak, chips & bearnaise sauce
Holly: Strawberry mille-feuille with wild strawberry sorbet
Andrew: Walnut coffee panacotta, blueberry gel & fresh blueberries, blueberry & maple syrup sorbet