Hilton to open new ‘sky bar’ in Bournemouth with TV chef


Level8ight Sky Bar Hilton Bournemouth

A new bar is to open at the Hilton Bournemouth hotel, dubbed “Bournemouth’s highest bar”, as part of a new partnership with chef Matt Tebbutt.

Opening in December, LEVEL8IGHT The Sky Bar will be on the eighth floor of the hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views over Poole Bay and across to the English Channel.

It is being developed by Hilton in partnership with Matt Tebbutt Restaurants, headed by Matt Tebbutt, along with the hotel’s Schpoons & Forx restaurant which will also launch in December. Matt previously ran The Foxhunter restaurant near Abergavenny and is a regular on TV.

LEVEL8IGHT will be a 238 sq ft lounge bar with 130 covers, including 50 seats outside, with a mix of velvet and leather high chairs and chandelier-style lighting around a centrepiece bar. Created with designer Ray Kelvin, the bar’s interior is pictured above as a computer-generated image.

Aiming to be a new destination for the region, it will offer a comprehensive range of cocktails, premium spirits, craft beers and wines. An afternoon tea menu will also be available from midday along with a bar snack menu.

Schpoons & Forx on the ground floor will cover 220 square feet with 140 covers. Open all day, it will focus on modern British sharing plates made using seasonal ingredients and feature a tandoor in an open kitchen.

Schpoons & Forx’s interior will include copper-foiled windows, spoons and forks used in various pieces of art dotted around the restaurant, hanging copper baskets and quirky frames. The space will be decked out in rich wood finishes, jewel-toned tile and comfortable luxe seating with feature lighting.

Cedric Horgnies, general manager of Hilton Bournemouth, said: “This exciting appointment will put our new hotel, along with the restaurant and bar, firmly on the map.

“Matt is well known for his television work, but we must also remember he is a proven talent and a serious chef and we are privileged to collaborate with him. Schpoons & Forx and LEVEL8IGHT The Sky Bar will be a fantastic addition to the area and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests in December.”

Matt added: “After closing The Foxhunter earlier in the year to focus on my television career, I have been eager to get back into the kitchen and launch something really exciting and innovative. This new partnership with Hilton Bournemouth will see us open an all-day restaurant and sky bar positioned as real destination venues in their own right.”

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