The Botanist has been one of my favourite places to have a great rooftop cocktail with an amazing view. I had a 30th celebration with friends and The Botanist cocktails were perfect. I hadn’t managed to go and have a meal but when Restaurant Week came up, I jumped at the chance and went for an after work meal with a friend.
I love that its a doorway at the side of the building not seen from the street that leads you to this place. Like a hidden treasure. A stairway or lift will take you up to the top of the building and reveal the stunning dome adorned with fairy lights.
The bar is designed around a huge tree and every detail is quirky. Beautiful mirrors and lights are found in each space. A big old vintage mirror hangs in the entrance greeting each person who enters.
I also want to have some of the pretty lights and the spiral metal staircase with its beautiful details. Aside from the gorgeous interior, we have always felt taken care of by staff and welcomed. Everyone is helpful and you can ask for guidance for dietary requirements. Our waitress looked after every detail of our meal and recommended a wine and non-alcoholic cocktail. Great service throughout.
There are three different areas in The Botanist. The main bar area with the huge tree and stunning dome, the roof terrace bar and the restaurant. I felt I needed to sample all areas before I could do a proper review. Honestly, it wasn’t to have all of the cocktails. It was research!
Now my favourite part, the food!
We were sat at our table with the special deal menu for Restaurant Week and the normal full menu. I wanted to try quite a few dishes which was a good start. We both decided on calamari for starter and then my friend picked seabass for main and I picked the chicken skewer. I already had my eye on two desserts. Bang goes the diet.
Starters came out quite quickly and were hot and big portions. The calamari was delicious and not chewy. Really nice lime and mayonnaise on the side too. The non-alcoholic cocktail with carrot in it was very tasty and looked great.
Main course also impressed both of us. The seabass was a very generous portion and was really tender and the flavours worked incredibly well. My chicken skewer was huge and cooked perfectly. The grilled vegetable were a great accompaniment and I felt that I was comfortably full afterwards.
However, there was the dilemma of dessert. To have or not to have…
Who am I kidding?! Chocolate fudge cake was always going to happen. It did not disappoint. Soft sponge, creamy vanilla ice-cream and gooey chocolate sauce. A winner every time.
I think it’s fair to say, you’ll not only love the view, you’ll adore the food and drinks at The Botanist.
Have you visited? Did you enjoy the food or cocktails?