Number Eight - the best of modern British cuisine

We had the pleasure of visiting Number Eight from acclaimed chef Stuart Gillies and the entire evening was a magical experience.

Nestled in the picturesque town of Sevenoaks, walking into Number Eight feels like you’re stepping into a scene from a Christmas movie.

The place is warm and inviting and definitely popular as every single table was booked with happy punters, eating and drinking and soaking up the festive atmosphere.

We began our meal with a sharing small plate of padron peppers, Korean barbeque buttermilk chicken and tempura prawns and my word, everything was delicious!

The hot and sour dipping sauce that accompanied the Korean chicken was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before and I could not get enough. 

The starters really set the tone and our expectations for the rest of the meal and we were not disappointed.

For mains I opted for the braised beef short rib, with truffle mash and crispy shallots and my partner chose the venison pavé with blueberry jus, roast potatoes and parsnip puree. On our waitress’s recommendation we also added roasted red cabbage and rocket with parmesan.

If there was one dish on the menu that guaranteed that we would be going back to Number Eight, that would be the braised beef short rib dish. Packed full of flavour, every mouthful was a delight and the red cabbage was the perfect accompaniment. Imagine the best beef rib you have tasted and multiply that two, three times and then you may be able to guess just how enjoyable it was!

For our last course, my partner picked the lemon sponge pudding and I chose the cheeseboard to share.

When it comes to the end of the meal, I prefer rounding things off with a cheese course and it’s great that Number Eight offers that option.

The sponge pudding served with ginger ice cream was indulgent and comforting and the cheeseboard is everything a cheese lover would want. The selection of cheeses range from a sweet, salty sharp blue cheese to a good solid cheddar all served with a sweet chutney and oatcakes a plenty.

Number Eight doesn’t just do good food, they do a superb drinks menu too. There’s cocktails, wines, ciders - anything you could want really.

If you’re looking to indulge in a cocktail we recommend the Manhattan - strong, tasty and warming -  exactly what you want on these cold nights.

Our meal for two as described, with a couple of drinks came to about £150 which in our opinion is more than worth it.

Needless to say, we’re already planning our next trip and we’re taking friends!

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