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Replacing St John's Place (RIP), this new restaurant is the work of debutante restaurateurs Charmaine Blatchford and Mark McHugo.

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Owner's description

Chapters is an intimate restaurant in the heart of Hay-on-Wye right on the Welsh/English border. Serving a seasonally changing set menu with a focus on locally sourced ingredients from likeminded independent producers.

Working towards a zero-waste kitchen is one of the top priorities for the next 12 months as well as increasing the amount of produce that comes from the restaurants garden which is based in a nearby village. Foraging the local area for interesting ingredients means a preservation is key to being able to use items that are in abundance throughout the spring and summer all through the year. 


  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 45.00 Dinner only 5
Menu2 60.00 Dinner only 7
Wine per bottle £17.00
Filter Coffee £4.00

Restaurant details

No dress code

The chef

Marks natural progression up the ladder within kitchens started in Stratford upon Avon where he worked for Macdonald Hotels. He moved to the Arden Hotel in a Junior Sous position and then to Brockencote Hall both of which are part of the Eden Hotel Collection.

In 2014 he took the bold move to work for the 5* award winning Sense on the Edge mountain top restaurant for the Six Senses Resort in Zighy Bay Oman where he was promoted from Sous to Head Chef. The Six Senses resorts are built on sustainability and social responsibility and this experience gives him an amazing basis for creating Chapters own ethos.

Chapters Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Chapters Restaurant in HR3, Hay-on-Wye by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Chapters restaurant.
Amanda N
The whole experience started before our mea...
Reviewed 3 months, 8 days ago

"The whole experience started before our meal with friendly communication from Charmaine. Mark then created an original, delicious tasting menu that was presented exquisitely. Each course included exciting flavour combinations prepared by hand from locally foraged treasures. It was a truly memorable evening, in relaxed, comfortable surroundings. Culinary theatre to perfection!"

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Ros G
Chapters gave us a fantastic experience - a...
Reviewed 3 months, 24 days ago

"Chapters gave us a fantastic experience - a lovely ambience in their tiny restaurant, personal attention from Charmaine and an amazing tasting menu from Mark. Each of the 5 courses and the amuse bouche were perfectly balanced, visually appealing and intensely delicious. Many thanks for a wonderful evening."

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Jo W
Faultless meal. Each dish was created with ...
Reviewed 6 months, 3 days ago

"Faultless meal. Each dish was created with skill and creativity and was exquisite. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate with all diners appreciating they were enjoying special food. Service was impeccable and like the whole experience, was friendly, informal but excellent. Would highly recommend."

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Katie C
A very very special meal It would be easy ...
Reviewed 7 months, 7 days ago

"A very very special meal It would be easy to say this was the best meal we have eaten out recently due to covid and lack of opportunity, but it is not just because of that. This was one of the best meals we’ve eaten out full stop. Every course was cleverly assembled both in looks and flavour. The atmosphere, service and attention to detail was spot on. We’re lucky in that our teen children are also into their food - yes it was on the expensive side for a meal out, but we have nothing but great memories of a super night. Go if you can get in!"

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Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA
Opening hours
Wednesday5 pm‑9 pm
Thursday5 pm‑9 pm
Friday5 pm‑9 pm
Saturday5 pm‑9 pm

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