DINING OWL AWARDS: 5th – for family occasions
When I visited: Various times from 2009-2016
Location: London, in Blackheath
Team: Andy McLeish (Chef Patron), Alex Tyndall (Head Chef)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended
What to wear: Could go casual or smart / casual
Ambience: Smart / casual; big tables downstairs; spacious; buzzy; Heath-adjacent
Course of the meal: Scallops with chorizo
If I could change one thing: BRING BACK THE LAVENDER ICE CREAM AND PEAR PUREE with the Valrhona chocolate dessert
Chapters has served the people of Blackheath and visitors from surrounding areas for many years, and boasts a wide menu and good food for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Diners might be dressed in anything from jeans or shorts to suits and might be families with young children, friends or couples on dates. The Josper oven dishes are particularly good, especially the spatchcock chicken and lamb, as are the triple-cooked chips. The bar also does great cocktails and starters include scallops with chorizo and a lovely salad featuring fennel and nuts. They used to have an amazing Valrhona chocolate pudding but should never have got rid of its accompaniments of lavender ice cream and pear puree in favour of honeycomb and banana … what an error.
Despite this, Chapters remains a solid choice if you are in the area.