Fresh from The Sunday Times naming Sevenoaks as the best place to live in the South East, we jumped on a train to check out Number Eight – the latest restaurant opening in this buzzy historic town.
With direct train’s taking just over half an hour out of Charing Cross, Sevenoaks is the perfect spot for a sunny day jaunt out of the city. So why has it got our attention? Number Eight is the second independent restaurant from Chef Stuart Gillies and builds on the success of Bank House, Chislehurst which opened in 2019.
The menu is a celebration of what’s in season, with small, sharing plates inspired by Gillies’ travels. That might mean snacking on chorizo drizzled in honey, burrata stuffed with fresh pesto, or whipped cod’s roe with a sprinkling of hazelnuts. In short, it’s pure holiday vibes.
The 16th-century corner site has a cute courtyard to make the most of sunny afternoons, and inside the renos include a marble-topped bar where you’ll find margaritas on tap. Relaxed, and welcoming, we happily whiled away the afternoon, alternating between bites of crab, chilli and garlic linguine, and slices of marmite flat iron steak.
As you’d expect from a town full of independent artisan suppliers, the menu sources ingredients from the local community where possible, and the wine list is full of nearby vineyards, including Gusbourne and Chapel Down.
We chased down affogato and warm cinnamon and caramel doughnuts, stuffed to bursting with vanilla custard before jumping on a train back to the city.
Co-founder Stuart Gillies comments on the opening: “Sevenoaks is such a vibrant town full of incredible independent operators, we can’t wait to be part of it all, sharing our passion for good honest food and great wine with locals and visitors alike.”
And we were very happy to get a taste of the good life, if only for the day. Now excuse us while we refresh Zoopla…