Eight - Bath

 

Earlier this autumn, Bath’s excellent independent scene welcomed Eight, a small independent boutique townhouse hotel and restaurant run by husband and wife team, Fred (Head Chef) and Natalie (General Manager). With only 8 individual rooms, as well as 8 seasonal dishes on the menu, Eight is an intimate, unique experience for Bathonian’s and visitors to our city. You just have to mosey on over to its very central location along North Parade Passage to discover all of the delicious and homely delights that await you!…

Eight in Bath

A romantic venue for a date night, or, an ideal destination to reside in whilst exploring our historical city. Eight is just a stone’s throw from all of Bath’s best boutique’s, eats and treats! Moreover, its neighbours include the world famous tea house; Sally Lunns, and, Acorn Restaurant - an award-winning, 100% plant-based dining venue. But, back to Eight…

Eight in Bath

As you step inside a building which dates back to the 1600’s, you will discover an elegant, cosy dining room to your left hand-side. Overlooking the busy thoroughfare of North Parade Passage, Eight’s restaurant is designed in warm, timeless muted grey-blue tones with accents of antique brass throughout. Natural linen chairs and polished wooden tables occupy the dining room, alongside a neatly positioned bar, adorned with autumnal flowers and flickering votives.

Eight in Bath

Eight benefits from all the period features and characterful charm you would expect to find within one of Bath’s oldest buildings! Original fireplaces and beautiful Georgian windows, all lovingly restored by their new owners. The love, pride and care taken over every nook and cranny is evident to see - no stone has been left unturned!

Eight in Bath
Eight in Bath

Scott and I recently dined at Eight, relieved to come in from the bracing cold outdoors. Seated by the window, with a wonderfully warm radiator to my side, we soon set to work perusing the concise menu…

Eight in Bath

We chose to dine on a Saturday evening at 5:30pm, and, no, that’s not because we were heading to the theatre straight after! Instead, we purposefully booked to dine early evening in the hope that we would have the restaurant pretty much to ourselves and my beast of a camera!

Eight in Bath

So, as you will see from these snaps, there is not another soul in sight! But, don’t be fooled into thinking that by 7pm it will still look like this - far from it! I’d certainly recommend booking a table in advance to avoid any disappointment, because by the time we settled our bill, every seat around us was occupied. A popular haunt already, and if you’ve not visited yet, let me show you what you’re missing out on!

Eight in Bath

Beautifully crafted, seasonal dishes - we sampled succulent meats, perfectly cooked vegetables which retained that subtle, delicious crunch, gorgeous glazes and silky smooth sauces…

‘Pan seared duck breast with beetroot, herb gnocchi, runner beans and caramelised red cabbage’ (£12.95)

‘Pan seared duck breast with beetroot, herb gnocchi, runner beans and caramelised red cabbage’ (£12.95)

We were advised by our wonderfully attentive and friendly waiter to sample either 1 or 2 dishes each, because the 8 dishes on the menu are between a starter and a main in terms of portion size.

Eight in Bath

I would comment that the portion sizes were actually quite generous. Even going so far as to say that, if you don’t have a big appetite, then a few nibbles from the bar menu to start followed by one dish each would be enough…

‘Green risotto with courgettes, peas, fresh herbs and mascarpone’ (£11.50)

‘Green risotto with courgettes, peas, fresh herbs and mascarpone’ (£11.50)

We ordered four dishes, followed by a pudding to share. I certainly felt quite stuffed by the end of our meal, so next time I will remember to order just the one dish!

Eight in Bath

Every dish felt like receiving a hearty hug! Warming, nourishing, comforting and very enjoyable from start to finish.

‘Confit pork cheeks with crushed potatoes, baby leeks, apple jelly and sultana chutney’ (£12.95)

‘Confit pork cheeks with crushed potatoes, baby leeks, apple jelly and sultana chutney’ (£12.95)

We swapped dishes midway, as we usually do, keen to have a taste of everything!

Eight in Bath
‘Slow cooked short rib beef with parsnip puree, broad beans, oyster mushrooms, horseradish powder and red wine jus’ (£13.25)

‘Slow cooked short rib beef with parsnip puree, broad beans, oyster mushrooms, horseradish powder and red wine jus’ (£13.25)

‘Slow cooked short rib beef with parsnip puree, broad beans, oyster mushrooms, horseradish powder and red wine jus’ (£13.25)

Finishing our evening on that familiar sweet note, we opted for this decadent, rich flourless chocolate cake…

‘Flourless chocolate cake with custard ice cream and warm white chocolate sauce’ (£6)

‘Flourless chocolate cake with custard ice cream and warm white chocolate sauce’ (£6)

After our meal, we donned our extra layers and, just before heading out into the cold, we briefly popped downstairs to have a quick nosey at their additional dining area.

Eight in Bath

Another welcoming, super snug spot to pitch up and enjoy cocktails by the stylish bar, or, to conceal yourselves away over an intimate meal.

Eight in Bath

Eight is a great addition to Bath’s food and drinks scene, and we look forward to returning again soon!

Eight in Bath

If you would like to find out more about the restaurant or the hotel, please visit their website here.