Number Eight Provides Relaxed, Accessible Luxury
in the Heart of Sevenoaks
Husband and wife team Stuart and Cecilia Gillies bring their passion and unique experience from the helms of the world’s biggest restaurants to Number Eight, their own Modern European and traditional British dining destination in the heart of Sevenoaks.
Launched in 2022, the restaurant benefits from their 40 years' experience at the top of the hospitality world and relationships with the best, luxury artisan suppliers for their own more personal, family-run dining experience. It provides relaxed and accessible luxury to everybody, including children and even welcoming dogs.
Stuart was CEO of The Gordon Ramsay Group for seven years and before that, earned international acclaim as chef at Michelin-starred restaurants including Daniel in New York, Hotel Lord Byron in Rome and The Connaught alongside Angela Hartnett.
He’s also recognised for regular TV appearances on shows including Saturday Kitchen, Hell’s Kitchen and Great British Menu.
Cecilia brings extensive front-of-house experience to the restaurant. She trained at the prestigious Le Boeuf sur le Toit in Paris, before heading to London to open Marco Pierre White’s Criterion and relaunch Soho’s iconic Quo Vadis with the legendary chef.
The cosy restaurant and bar in the historic market town’s beautiful, 16th Century building offers seasonal à la carte menus, weekly changing set menus of classics, weekend Sunday roast and brunch menus, as well as children's menus.
Like the dishes, the interior is focussed on comfort and elegance, with floor to ceiling windows, smoked oak parquet floors, warm tan leather and velvet blue banquettes, a grand, marble-topped bar and gold rimmed lighting. There is also an outdoor terrace for sunny, al fresco dining and a semi-private dining area for up to 14 guests in The Gallery, which doubles as an intimate space to showcase work by up and coming artists.
The menu reflects Stuart’s years, cooking and tasting his way around the world from Stockholm and Rome to New York and London. Dishes include Crab Fettuccine, prawn sauce, onions and chilli; Grilled Chart Farm Venison Pavé, blackberry jus, rosemary
potatoes and buttered savoy; and pan-seared pink bream with curried leek and mussel tart.
Number Eight uses the best food and drink suppliers that Stuart and his team have built relationships with over many years, to deliver premium products at a fair price. The eclectic wine selection is sourced from natural and biodynamic wine experts, Les Caves de Pyrene as well as George Barbier, the fine wine supplier for most Michelin establishments; exclusive organic supplier Wanderlust Wine and a host of local English Vineyards, including Kingscote, Gusbourne and Chapel Down.
The bar also offers an extensive selection of spirits, draught beers and cocktails, like their signature Eight, made with East London Gin, Aperol, St Germaine, lemon and egg white.
Sustainability is also important to the team, with products sourced as locally as possible from artisan partners with strong environmental and sustainability credentials, as well as cutting edge technology, like the KeyKeg tap system, for a high quality product using artisan suppliers, like Black Lines Cocktails, with a smaller carbon footprint.
The restaurant has become such a popular destination over the past two years, that the team now provides the Number Eight experience to external events, tailoring bespoke catering for special occasions, from weddings to award ceremonies.
Stuart and Cecilia explain: "For us, having always loved the world of hospitality and restaurants, it’s long been a dream to be able to bring that experience and energy into people's lives as much as possible, along with our dogs and our children.”
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Address: Number Eight, 8 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AJ
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed: 12-4pm 5.30-10pm Thurs: 12-4pm 4.30-11pm Fri-Sat 12-11pm Sun 10am-5pm