I have only done one other review in Chester which was at Hickory’s (one of the best places I have eaten) but today it was the turn of The Botanist. It hasn’t been open long and is located where The Living Room used to be, which is just near the Cathedral.
When we entered we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff, and taken to our table upstairs, which overlooked the bar. The decor of the bar is pretty cool and is done out in shabby chic style which Emma really liked. It was also very light where we were sat, which gave the feel of us being sat outside a bit. Upstairs there was also a small outside area which would be perfect for a few beers.
The menu is pretty cool, and while having a look through it we ordered some drinks. They have some great beers to try and even had Samuel Adams on draft, which I have only seen a few times. Unfortunately I was on antibiotics for a sore tooth which meant that I was unable to drink 🙁
For our starters we decided to go for the sharing platter that you create yourself. This is a great concept as there is usually something on a platter that one person does not like. You can pick up to 4 items, so we picked 2 each. Emma picked the hummus and olives (notice the Greek theme, as we returned from Greece only a few weeks ago) and I chose the chorizo and parma ham.
There was a great choice of mains to choose from. I couldn’t decided between the burger and one of the hanging kebabs. One of the burgers had gone past to another table, and it looked great, but I opted to go for the lamb kofta hanging kebab as I hadn’t had one of these before. It comes with a chilli sauce that is poured into the top and then drips down over the kebab.
I went for the sticky toffee pudding and Emma went for the strawberry and marshmallow hanging kebab.
The desserts were both really nice and we tried a bit of each others. I thought the sticky toffee pudding was the best one.
Overall we both really enjoyed our meal at The Botanist. The staff were so friendly and always checking that everything was OK, or asking if we wanted any more drinks. The waitress we had was really friendly and offered some advice on the best way to cook Emma’s steak and was chatting with us about what her favourite dishes were.
I also decided to look up The Botanist on TripAdvisor to see what others think of it. I have to say I am really surprised at some of the reviews as it has quite a mixed opinion. While I agree that the prices are maybe slightly expensive for some things you have to remember that this is a pretty cool venue and the high prices keeps the idiots out. People were moaning about the prices of the kebabs in a few reviews, but again, its something a bit different to get a hanging kebab and adds to the dining experience (its not all about having massive portions) and I would not hesitate to get another one. Ignore the reviews on TripAdvisor and go and give it a go and hopefully my pictures and reviews convince you to try it!
Here are my final notes.
- Service: Really good service. Smiling and helpful staff.
- Atmosphere: We both liked it!
- Food: We both pretty much finished all of our 3 courses. I would recommend the lamb kofa kebab
- Cost: Maybe slightly more expensive than some other places, but its the city centre, nice food and something a bit different. Splash out and try it.
Website – http://thebotanist.uk.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/botanistchester
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BotanistChester
Have you been to The Botanist before? What did you think of it? Leave a comment in the box below and let me know