Famed for its scenic country parks and once the home of Charles Darwin, the historic region of Orpington attracts visitors from around the world and also boasts an impressive selection of restaurants. Situated just south-east of London, the area is culturally diverse and this is reflected in the fine selection of restaurants in the area. Likewise, the size and capacity of each restaurant varies tremendously, so whether you're searching for a small and quiet establishment or a more elaborate restaurant able to facilitate parties and groups, Orpington restaurants cater to all.
Orpington is famous for a particular variety of chicken and duck known as Orpington or Cook poultry. The birds are bred for their succulent meat and delicious eggs and the species is capable of laying in excess of 200 eggs per year. This particular breed is favoured for the high quality of meat and is frequently served in the restaurants in Orpington. Another classic dish in the area is London Particular, so named after the city's smog filled streets at the turn of the 20th century. The dish consists of split peas, bacon, herbs and meat stock and is served as a thick, wholesome soup.
The restaurants in Orpington offer more than local produce and classic dishes, however. Dine at an Asian restaurant and try the superb Malaysian dish of chicken laksa or fish head curry, followed by the unforgettable and mouth-watering pandan cake, so named as its distinctive green colouring and flavour is derived from pandan leaves. Alternatively, opt for a pizza or pasta dish at one of the many fine Italian restaurants in the region and if you're not calorie counting, round off your meal with a moreish tiramisu or panna cotta.
Irrespective of the size of your party or your particular preference, the restaurants in Orpington cater to all. Opt for a restaurant with an adjoining bar or nightclub and dance the night away after dining. Alternatively, a selection of restaurants also provide live entertainment for diners, in the form of local bands or solo artists. Should you be dining with children in mind, then select one of the family friendly eateries offering children's menus and play areas designated for the younger members of the group.