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Carne Griffiths

Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.

Jane Orwell

Rooted in colour, pattern and repetition, Jane currently works as a painter and printmaker. Her recent work examines the sense of balance and order amongst turbulent and uncertain moments in time. She explores the spaces that are created, hidden, exposed and transformed within the work. Often it is a response to concerns that seem impossible to express and thus using a mindful approach to the work is an important part of the process. As abstract images, the work also passes meaning over to the viewer where their own imagined spaces and memories can be triggered.

Jess Blandford

Jess Blandford (b.1973) is a British artist living and working in South East London. Her practice is focused on abstract drawing and painting, having studied painting at Camberwell and printmaking at the Royal College. Jess has always been preoccupied with domestic spaces, flawed structures and notions of perfection. Since having children, her work has become concerned with finding ways to make visible the invisible work that holds family life together. She is interested in celebrating the small, mundane, repetitive acts that are essential (but often unnoticed) foundations of domestic life. They are rarely seen as a worthy subject for Fine Art, but are nonetheless valuable. Jess uses repetitive lines, hidden layers of colour, varied mark making, fragments and erasures, to visualise and celebrate the everyday acts of love, and the complex ‘mental load’, that is involved in raising a family and keeping us all connected.

Nikki Hill-Smith

Nikki Hill-Smith is an abstract painter who, in the blink of an eye, can teleport her viewer from the window seat of a plane destined for some opalescent island in the sea below it to the slide of a microscope in a laboratory. Squiggles and smears; dribbles and daubs of paint simultaneously embrace optics both macro and micro so that, from the very first instance, the art and act of looking at a painting by Hill-Smith is driven by a delicious discombobulation. One that flusters the haptics of space and scale; that disturbs the dynamics of delineation and composition; and that completely confounds the very metrics of time itself. Time which we know zooms around us at the speed of light and yet, here, seems to pause and ponder a coagulation of experiences, efflorescing before our very eyes in luxurious slow-motion (Matt Carey-Williams).

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Mark (January 2024)
Delicious food and great service as always - a real bonus to have such a good independent restaurant in town.
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From the greeting when we arrived to when we left, it could not have gone better. Staff attentive and very helpful. Food and drink fantastic with great menu choices. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a great experience. We live in Tunbridge Wells and it beats a lot of the restaurants here.
Debra (October 2023)
So happy to have Number Eight in Sevenoaks - food always good and the set menu is great value. Good wine list and lovely staff.
Alison (October 2023)
We had a lovely time at Number Eight. We were a large group and the team went above and beyond to accommodate us. The food was delicious and the service was fab! Special thanks to Charlotte for helping me organise everything from start to finish. Could not recommend enough!
Stephanie at the Paul Mellon Centre (September 2023)
Absolutely lovely restaurant. Service is just perfect, relaxed, prompt and knowledgeable. Food is excellent, as is the clever wine list. Lunch or supper here have never disappointed. During the weekend, evenings are lively, with a good cocktail and champagne selection.
Amanda (July 2023)
Everything brilliant, especially the charming service.
Rebecca (April 2023)
We had a lovely evening last night, delicious food and the staff kindly brought out a board that had happy birthday in chocolate sauce with two truffles for my friends birthday. It made my friend feel special and I'd definitely return!
Jennifer (April 2023)
Great food and service, best roast dinner I have eaten in a restaurant!
Anonymous (April 2023)
The food was fantastic and the service outstanding, thank you!
Pete (April 2023)
Great lunch at No. 8 today. Haven't been for a while and it was definitely as delicious as I remember. The menu had a spring twist, and my pasta was delicious, as was the pie. It was also very reasonably priced with friendly service. Lovely local restaurant.
Laura (April 2023)
Fantastic food. Absolutely fantastic meal, the quality, of the food was excellent and the service was very good. I cannot fault the restaurant! Finally somewhere decent to eat in Sevenoaks!
Julie (April 2023)
We had a great dining experience tonight. The food was delicious and the service very friendly. Good value for money too. We'll be back!
Dan (February 2023)
Wonderful evening! Delicious cocktails, amazing food menu. Beautiful staff looking after us all evening. Can't wait to go back!
Colette (May 2022)
Brilliant roast and amazing desserts! Firstly the team are extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. We had a roast on Sunday, one chicken and one beef. Food was generous and extremely tasty. Left room for the Eskimo Fingers for dessert which are a must! We'll definitely be back.
Matt (February 2023)
Perfect. Fabulous food and service. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly lady who showed us to our table. We were made to feel welcome immediately. Our server, Catherine, was helpful and excellent at explaining the menu and the choices of food. The wine was good, the food was yummy. The atmosphere was relaxed and whilst maintaining professionalism. Definitely coming back.
Mandy (January 2023)
Wonderful food, as always.
Kerry (March 2023)
A truly legendary lunch. Never has a set menu been so delicious or rewarding. So glad Sevenoaks has a classy restaurant that seems to pulling in satisfied customers. Looking forward to the next time.
Mark (March 2023)
Super choice of tapas dishes, plus fixed menu for those who prefer meat and two veg. Service we had was excellent and the young lady who looked after us was very nice.
Lynton (March 2023)
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