It’s been a long time since the Revolt paid a visit to Chapters and, shamefully, we’ve yet to write a review of the place. So a recent visit to mark a birthday (don’t ask the age – it’s not pretty) provided the perfect excuse to put together some thoughts in this village favourite.
The menu is, mercifully, not huge and is well balanced with dishes ranging from well-priced burgers (not much more than the nearby pubs) up to similarly good value venison and top notch steak. The focus is on the josper grill and the high quality pieces of meat that are cooked on it. The wine selection is also impressive and was well tested when the Revolt and friends visited.
For those who’ve not been before, the interior is open and light, with well spaced tables and good views from most. The service is exemplary. Our waitress was everything you would hope for: efficient, pleasant (but not overly familiar), knowledgable and attentive (but again, not overly so). And she took, with considerable grace – certainly more than the recipient – the ordeal of bringing out a small birthday cake and leading a chorus of Happy Birthday. Let’s be honest, it’s all rather awkward for everyone concerned isn’t it?
And to the food. The onglet steak, ordered by two of the Revolt, was excellent. Cooked rare it really did melt in the mouth. Similarly impressive was the venison and mash and even the burger went down well. The charcuterie board was a very decent starter for five people along with the selection of breads.
For the reasonable prices that you pay for the great food, it’s hard not to conclude that Chapters is the best choice in Blackheath for a special occasion (though Tziganos round the corner is also excellent and the Buenos Aires cafe is always a good option); certainly, Chapters has a massive edge on the chains (Cau, Cote, etc.) in the village.
Here’s hoping the next visit isn’t so long in the waiting, and doesn’t involve any forced singing…
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