About Café No.8

Chris Pragnell, owner of Café No.8, opened for business in 2002 and, while many a restaurant has been and gone in York during that time, Café No.8 continues to thrive. Martin Gore, who hired Chris as a chef previously, became co-owner in 2004. While Chris created the vision for the kitchen, Martin took the lead on the Front of House delivery.

Chris, a self-taught chef, classes his food as “modern British”. The ethos is one of no pretention or fuss; just great dishes made from high-quality ingredients. It was upon leaving behind an IT career to travel that Chris found himself in Prague working in a restaurant. On returning to England, he realised that this was what he wanted to do and so opened Café No.8 on Gillygate, York.

Cafe No.8 owners

Martin (l) and Chris (r)

Since then, the pair have opened a café in the York Art Gallery as part of their refurbishments, and also a small café in the Undercroft and grounds of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, along with a cookery school, catering and events services and even a ‘Café No.8 @ Home’ service of easy-to-cook dishes right from the bistro’s kitchen to your table.

No wonder then that Café No.8 thrives and regularly appears in regional and national lists of ‘Top Places To Eat’. As Chris says “simple, modern, quality is what we’re about and what we do”, and Martin adds “Chris is the only chef I would ever have gone into business with…he is head and shoulders above any other chef I have worked with”.

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