Billed as a ‘farm to table’ eating experience, the focus at Eight is on fresh seasonal dishes, with plenty of produce drawn from the estate’s biodynamic garden and Farmer Angus McIntosh’s collection of award-winning pasture-reared cows and chickens.
The small à la carte menu could feature anything from a flaky chicken and mushroom pie with fresh garden greens to a sesame chicken salad with Asian dressing, or perhaps a grilled rump with Lyonnaise potatoes.
Brunch is a simpler affair, with the likes of homemade scones, omelettes – from their fresh free-range eggs, of course – and the delicious trout Benedict, which steals the show. In summer, the restaurant occasionally offers a harvest table spread of salads and light dishes, sold on a pay-by-weight basis.
They stock a small but adequate selection limited to wines from the Spier estate. Almost all are available by the glass.
Service is excellent, considering the relaxed, family-friendly ambience.
On summer days the terrace tables under the oaks are in demand, not least so that parents can keep one eye on their charges clambering over the play area. (They also have a children’s menu available.) Indoors it’s more upmarket, with an airy, barn-like feel and stylish décor.
The Eight-to-go deli next door does wonderful picnic baskets, if you’d rather settle down on the lawns.